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MSNBC Panel Compares Trump to Kim Jong Un: ‘We Are at the Dear Leader Phase of America’

NBC News reported this morning that this past summer, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson threatened to quit at one point and called President Donald Trump a “moron.” It was also noted in the story that Vice President Mike Pence gave Tillerson a pep talk at that time and provided him some advice on being respectful to the president publicly.

During a panel discussion on MSNBC this afternoon, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa stated that he wasn’t able to fully corroborate NBC’s reporting, but was able to confirm that Pence is known as someone who believes that showering both public and private praise on Trump has benefits for the administration, due to how much the president values loyalty.

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace expressed shock at Costa’s statements as she felt that the Trump administration resembles that of a reclusive dictatorship centered on a cult of personality.

“Robert Costa could have been talking about North Korea there where people who are in service of the leader have to be trained and flatter the leader,” she said to MSNBC contributor Charlie Sykes. “It’s remarkable. I never question Robert Costa’s reporting but it’s a remarkable state of play that the vice president goes around and tells people how to shower the president with sufficient praise to stay out of his crosshairs.”

After Sykes said it’s fairly well-known that Trump will lash out at those who criticize him, Wallace asked panelist Eugene Robinson if they have to be worried about Pence running around and telling Tillerson “how to speak pretty” to the president while they are facing an “existential threat with a nuclear North Korea.”

“That’s where we are,” Robinson responded. “And so, yes, we are at the dear leader phase of America where he’s the dear leader or great leader. Those are your two options, and that’s the way you have to treat it if you hope to serve in the administration.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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