To say Keith Olbermann is slightly controversial would be a bit of an understatement. Having never been afraid to say what’s on his mind, his personality hasn’t always rubbed his employers the right way over the last few years. That’s rather evident considering he’s a talented journalist and on-air personality who’s worked for practically every major network in one way or another, only to often part ways with his employers in rather sudden and less than ideal circumstances.
However, it’s undeniable that Olbermann has the passion and knowledge to be considered a great source for insight and information. I respect him for being an individual who isn’t afraid to express his opinion or address controversial topics — even if that has sometimes resulted in suspensions or even getting fired. You never have to doubt that what Olbermann is saying is exactly what he actually thinks.
So, when I heard he had partnered with GQ to launch a new online show, I was curious what he had to say. Being someone who’s clearly not afraid express his opinion, I was certain he had plenty to offer up concerning Donald Trump and the 2016 election.
And, wow, did he ever.
“Every few generations we Americans are called upon to defend our country,” Olbermann said. “To defend it not so much from foreign dictators or war or terrorism, but from those here who have no commitment to progress or Democracy or representative government, no commitment to anything except their own out-of-control minds and the bottomless pits of their egos.”
“We have always thrown them out and now our generation has its own,” he added. “The most dangerous individual ever nominated by a major party for the highest office in this country.”
Normally I would transcribe more to give a glimpse of what was said for those who might not have time or feel like watching the actual video, but there’s really no way I could do that with what followed his opening statement. What came next was over 15 minutes of Olbermann running down 176 of the most absurd, vile or dishonest things Donald Trump has said or done.
I’m sure he missed a few, but this was probably the best takedown of Trump I’ve seen by anyone. Even as someone who loathes Trump, listening to this list – and realizing how long it took for him to actually read through it – was incredibly eye-opening. By the time I finished watching the segment, the absurdity of the fact that someone like Donald Trump might really become our next president actually did hit me in a different, more alarming way. Seeing someone spend over 15 minutes running down all of these disgusting comments, lies, contradictions and crazy things Trump has said and done, it really is terrifying that he has a real chance at winning in November.
Nothing I say will do what Olbermann said justice, so I would highly encourage everyone to take a few minutes to watch the segment. Trust me, it’s definitely worth your time.
Watch it below via GQ: