The media’s effort to equate Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader, with Ivanka Trump is as politically biased as it is reductive of the regime’s crimes, suggests Frank Bruni of The New York Times. Ms. Trump can be criticized for minimizing her father’s misdeeds, but they are miles away from the oppression and widespread murder that King Jong-un engages in. His regime holds public executions and runs a ruthless dictatorship. Kim Yo-jong is an enabler of a far more evil government than Ms. Trump could ever be. The two can’t be compared. Doing so minimizes real human suffering.
Kim Yo-jong has been called ‘North Korea’s Ivanka Trump’ because she offers a feminine, humane and friendly face to represent a regime that has been seen as evil and cruel, infers Anna Fifield of The Washington Post. Similar to the U.S. president’s daughter Ivanka, Kim Yo-jong appears more open and approachable than Kim Jong-un. Even just her presence at the Olympics, the first ever of the regime’s leadership in South Korea, has given people hope of reconciliation between the two nations. Neither of them matches the tough images their countries’ leaders present.