Keith Olbermann: Trump is "worse even than the Worst Persons," appeals to the GOP base's "authoritarian inclinations"

GOP voters "don't want policy, nuance, or speeches," but "a folding metal chair smashed over the bad guy's head"


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 9, 2016 5:19PM (UTC)

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann fired off an editorial in the Washington Post decrying the degree to which his landlord, Donald Trump, has "degraded the public discourse and the nation itself."

"I’m fully aware," he continued, "that I’m blaming a guy with the historically unique fashion combination of a cheap baseball cap and Oompa Loompa makeup for coarsening politics even though, out of the two of us, I’m the one who has promulgated a 'Worst Persons in the World' list for most of the past decade."

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"That’s how vulgar this has all become," Olbermann wrote. "It’s worse even than Worst Persons."

He characterized the Trump campaign as "a PG-rated cartoon character running for president, interrupting a string of insults the rest of us abandoned in the seventh grade only long enough to resume a concurrent string of half-crazed boasts," i.e. the kind of candidate who could only appeal to what a recent study from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst called voters with "authoritarian inclinations."

Such voters, Olbermann wrote, "don’t want policy, nuance or speeches -- they want a folding metal chair smashed over the bad guy’s head, like in the kind of televised wrestling show in which Trump used to appear."

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However, he concluded, "there's this comfort[:] If there is a President Trump and he decides to build this ludicrous wall to prevent the immigration from Mexico that isn’t happening, and he uses that same contractor, it’ll take them about a thousand years to finish it."


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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