Donald Trump’s ‘day of patriotic devotion’ has echoes of North Korea

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US chairpeople inauguration day proclamation utilizes speech uttered by Kim Jong-un in speeches to military and in the secretive countries propaganda

Donald Trump has echoed North Koreas leader, Kim Jong-un, after declaring that the day of his inauguration should be a national day of patriotic devotion a rallying cry that would not be out of place in the secretive nations propaganda.

Trumps proclamation, which was made official on Monday, has been uttered by Kim in speeches to his 1.2 million-strong military and members of the ruling Korean Workers party in recent years.

In an address to a military parade in Pyongyang on 10 October 2015 the partys 70 th anniversary Kim thanked the heroic men and women of the army and security services who, in hearty response to the partys appeal, have worked with patriotic love and made one heroic miracle after another in their quest to build a thriving socialist nation.

The phrase also crops up in North Korean propaganda.

On 19 December last year, the fifth anniversary of the death of Kims father, Kim Jong-il, the Rodong Sinmun, the ruling parties official newspaper, said of the late leader: The noble image and patriotic devotion of the peerless patriot, who reliably defended socialism centred on the popular masses and turned[ North Korea] into an invincible politico-ideological power and a world military power.

In an article just after Kims demise, the official KCNA news agency cited meteorologists as saying the spring of prosperity under socialism will surely come thanks to the patriotic love of Kim Jong-il, who blocked the wailing gust of history till the last moments of his life.

And last January, the Rodong Sinmun quoth a speech in which Kim Jong-un had congratulated a socialist youth league formed in the name of his grandfather and North Koreas founder, Kim Il-sung, on its 70 th anniversary.

Kim, according to the report, said the league had enjoyed a history of brilliant victories of the great leaders original notion of prioritising the youth and their wise leadership and a history of ardent loyalty and patriotic devotion, with which the young people of Korea have supported the party and the leader, the country and the people.

Trumps use of the term, and its provenance, was noted on Twitter.

Damien Owens (@ OwensDamien)

Trump wanted tanks in his parade and has now declared a National Day of Patriotic Devotion. Hes Kim Jong-un with more money and less taste.

January 23, 2017

Reza Shaeri (@ RezaShaer)

So, Dear Leader declared his inauguration day an official holiday: National Day of Patriotic Devotion https :// 3vITnK8YLL

January 24, 2017

In his inaugural speech, Trump declared that he would put America first and was contended that patriotic eagernes could mend the nations divisions.

On Monday, paperwork was filed with the federal government declaring that the working day of his inauguration, 20 January 2017, would be officially known as the National Day of Patriotic Devotion.

Trumps executive order said the proclamation would strengthen our bonds to one another and to our country and to renew their exercise of government to the people.

Jiro Ishimaru of Asia Press, an Osaka-based organisation with a network of high-level contacts in North Korea, said that by invoking patriotic love, Trump appeared to be channeling three generations of North Koreas Kim dynasty.

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