Same guy, right?

Guys? We're not sure, but we've got some concerns about Donald Trump's brain. We mean, maybe more than usual. Consider this example from Fox News Monday, in which the president of the Best America seems not to know that North Korea has had two completely different leaders since the 1990s. After saying he wouldn't telegraph anything about his plans for dealing with North Korea, because foreign policy is a lot more fun when it's a surprise, Trump talked about how both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were both hoodwinked by "this gentleman," although the North Korean dictator Bill Clinton negotiated with, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011 and his son, Kim Jong Un, took over the presidency and living secular godhood of the country:

But, you know, they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read Clinton’s book, he said, "Oh, we made such a great peace deal," and it was a joke. You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody has been outplayed, they’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman. And we’ll see what happens. But I just don’t telegraph my moves.

Dude. Say what you will about how other presidents negotiated with the Hermit Kingdom, but at least you gotta know there were two gentlemen of Pyongyang (one of Shakespeare's least popular plays).

Trump has mentioned Kim Jong Un, the son and current leader, by name, we're pretty sure, but he's either unaware or has forgotten there was also his daddy, Kim Jong Il. Early symptoms of dementia, or just White House Rose Garden-variety ignorance? And with someone as manifestly, obstinately committed to being wrong as Trump, how would you even tell? We're hoping it's just a slip, like Kellyanne Conway's reference Monday to "First Lady Miche— ... Melania Trump." Then again, we could just be covering up for Trump because we can never keep Tennessee and Kentucky straight in our head. And don't even try to get us to remember Canadian states or presidents!

Maybe someone should show Trump this photo of Kim Jong Un escorting his father's funeral cortege, if only for the amusement value of seeing whether Trump is puzzled by the fact the late North Korean dictator was carried to his rest by a parade of '70s vintage Lincoln Continentals:

Then again, that could be risky. Might trigger a Studio 54 flashback.

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[TPM / Quartz]

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