Mike Pence’s behavior last night at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics raises a few questions.
In case you missed it, Pence was sitting in the same diplomatic box with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Pence did not acknowledge the North Korean diplomat and refused to stand when the unified Korean team marched into the stadium.
I guess there might be good political reasons to avoid shaking hands and greeting the North Korean delegation. Frankly, I don’t know how these diplomatic things are supposed to work. But Pence is also a Christian–and likes to make a big deal about that fact. I would think that an evangelical Christian would make every effort to make a real human connection with his enemy, especially if she was seated only a few feet away.
Pence dehumanized Kim Yo Jong and the North Korean delegation. He placed his global politics over an acknowledgement of basic human dignity.