'This man is grab first and ask questions later, and you know that,' charges Olbermann
Keith Olbermann has spent the election cycle producing op-ed videos about the many stories popping up, riffing with usual acerbic flair. Now, a new GQ monologue is going right after prospective voters for Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“If you’re thinking of voting for Donald Trump,” Olbermann begins, “I’m sorry this country and your life in it are not what you thought they would be, nor what you thought was promised to you. I’m sorry that you think that you have been denied something by Americans who don’t look like you or pray like you.”
He continued: “I would remind you that when your grandfather or great-grandfather or whoever came here — and whenever they came here — they were blamed identically because they were Catholic or Italian or Irish or just foreign.”
While Olbermann does not seek to downplay the general grievances people might have, he has one message about some people’s proposed solution. “I’m here to urge you to recognize that what you see as your solution will in fact end with your slavery,” he says. “Trump will give nothing to you but shame and regret and shackles. … From women to business, this man is grab first and ask questions later, and you know that.”
The former ESPN and MSNBC personality detailed hypothetical scenarios should Trump best Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, including the end of all elections and his selfishness. “Why would he listen to you?” Olbermann asks. “Why would he do anything for you? Who would make him do anything for you?”
He also called out the behavior seen at Trump events. “You cheer now when the reporters at his rallies are booed and threatened; you high-five when somebody sucker-punches a protestor,” Olbermann says in the video. “How do you think President Trump will treat if you feel like he’s broken his promise to you? … He has already shown you how.”
Olbermann made big waves against Trump in a March Washington Post op-ed wherein Olbermann announced he was moving out of Trump Tower. “I’m getting out because of the degree to which the very name ‘Trump’ has degraded the public discourse and the nation itself,” he wrote at the time. “I can’t hear, or see, or say that name any longer without spitting. Frankly, I’m running out of Trump spit.”
Watch Olbermann’s video above.