Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2014

Jesse Jackson and John McCain: Differing views on Dennis Rodman

Former NBA star, “The Worm”, Dennis Rodman has caused a firestorm of media coverage of his latest stint in North Korea where he went to coach the country’s basketball team.

Jesse Jackson gun banHis interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo where Rodman exploded when questioned about the imprisonment of Kenneth Bae is covered by everybody.

Rodman has called North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un his “best friend” and even sang “Happy Birthday” to the communist leader.

Taking a look at how a couple of America’s politic/social leaders think about the Rodman “Basketball diplomacy” tour, we need only to turn to Rev. Jesse Jackson and Senator John McCain.

Jackson praised Rodman’s “efforts” tweeting, “Congrads @dennisrodman on your diplomacy efforts in North Korea. It must be dark but you are a light!” This tweet has since been deleted.

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Jackson went back to the microblogging site one more time to tweet, “ping pong diplomacy worked in China, and Basketball seems to work in North Korea. #KeepHopeAlive.”

Not surprisingly, not everyone feels like Rev Jackson.

Arizona Senator John McCain had a bit of a different perspective on Rodman, calling him a “dangerous idiot”.

“I think he’s an idiot, but he’s a dangerous idiot because he gives good propaganda to … arguably, the most brutal, crazy man on earth,” he said, to “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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