Check out the ‘photo of the night’ from Trump’s State of the Union address

· January 30, 2018  
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It’s being called the “photo of the night.” During his first State of the Union address, President Trump told the story of North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho.

“In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea,” Trump said. “One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food, which were very hard to get.”

“In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs.  He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain or the hurt. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth.”

“Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China,” the president continued. “His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians.  He had — and he resolved to be free.”

Trump related how Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom, followed by his family. His father was caught attempting to escape, and was tortured to death.

“Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most — the truth,” President Trump said.

Seong-ho keeps the crutches he traveled with as a reminder of the hardships he faced. When the president turned to Seong-ho, who was in the gallery as one of the president’s guests, he stood on his new legs and held up the crutches that brought him to freedom.

Here’s video of this “powerful” moment:

Not everyone was impressed, however.

Leave it to the Left to find something to complain about in the inspirational story of a North Korean defector, and some might argue, the most powerful moment of the evening.


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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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