North Korea is one of the most oppressive places in the world. The government reigns with an iron grip, punishing offenders with torture and execution. One American citizen died of brain trauma after imprisonment for allegedly stealing a poster. Apparently, this is a better working condition than the White House… well according to NBC correspondent Ben Tracy. 

“I felt safer reporting in North Korea than I currently do reporting at The White House. This is just crazy,” Tracy tweeted on Monday. 

The tweet was in reference to the Wuhan Flu outbreak rushing through the White House. The president, the First Lady, the press secretary Kayleigh McEnamy, and various others have tested positive. 

I’m sure working in a pandemic is hard and often frightening. 

However, if I was offered to be shipped off to work in North Korea, I’d take my chances here.

Tracy’s tweet received immediate backlash from sensible Twitter users. The Daily Wire transcribed the best responses. 

“According to DRNK’s three-generation rule, if you or your relative commits a crime, you & the next three generations of your family must also spend their life in labor camp, including unborn children but I’m glad you felt safe in North Korea, Ben,” tweeted The Red-Headed Libertarian.

“Yes the White House is just like North Korea, other than the beatings, starvation, lack of electricity, organ harvesting, punishment of your parents, your children, your extended family on the basis of your network’s reporting. You are a clown,” tweeted Harmeet Dhillon.

If you feel nervous while working in the White House, put on a mask, social distance, maybe don’t take breaks at the water cooler. If anyone tries to hurt you, it’s okay. There are snipers everywhere protecting you. 

In North Korea, you couldn’t even send out a tweet criticizing the country. 

America is built on many key principles. Two of the cornerstones are our freedom of speech and our rights against cruel and unusual punishment. Those in North Korea do not enjoy those rights. They suffer from the hands of a cruel government. 

World Report detailed some human rights violations in North Korea, saying, “The government restricts all civil and political liberties, including freedom of expression, assembly, association, and religion. It also prohibits all organized political opposition, independent media, civil society, and trade unions.” The report continued, “The government routinely uses arbitrary arrest and punishment of crimes, torture in custody, and executions to maintain fear and control over the population.”

Saying these conditions are safer than the White House is not only idiotic, but it’s disrespectful to those being tortured in one of the most oppressive countries in the world. 

Hat Tip: The Daily Wire, World Report, GQ

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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