Sports have been forever sullied by politics.
Figures in the sports world now routinely cross over into the political realm.
And a former ESPN anchor proved he lost his mind with one insane post about Donald Trump.
Former ESPN and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann might legitimately be a crazy person.
Donald Trump’s election in 2016 might have broken his brain.
Olbermann’s politics were not known when he was one of the best in the business on ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter.
But Olbermann revealed himself to be a loony liberal when he hosted a show on MSNBC.
Now that Olbermann has struggled to land a steady gig, he has gone completely off the rails.
He again called for the extrajudicial arrest of Donald Trump, this time because a deranged man attacked Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Keith Olbermann ranted, “THIS IS ON TRUMP. Arrest him today. Sort out the legalities later. Trump is a terrorist – a clear and present danger to the safety of the Republic and of every man, woman and child in it. Enough of this bullsh*t.”
THIS IS ON TRUMP.
Arrest him today. Sort out the legalities later.
Trump is a terrorist – a clear and present danger to the safety of the Republic and of every man, woman and child in it.
Enough of this bullshit. pic.twitter.com/0vWMzAcPl1
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 28, 2022
There are many things wrong with Olbermann’s inane tweet.
First, “arrest him today” and “sort out the legalities later” might be the most authoritarian thing a public figure has said in decades.
Olbermann was echoing Lavrentiy Beria, Joseph Stalin’s sadistic head of the secret police, who said, “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”
Second, it’s absurd to attribute the actions of one person to the words of another when there is zero connection or incitement.
If that were the standard, then Bernie Sanders would be in prison for “inciting” the shooter who nearly killed Republican Whip Steve Scalise at a congressional softball game.
Finally, the story about Paul Pelosi is still lacking a lot of detail.
David DePape, Pelosi’s attacker, appeared to be a homeless drug addict with no coherent political philosophy.
Efforts by the media to paint him as some MAGA Republican are absurd.
Independent journalist and former California gubernatorial candidate Michael Shellenberger wrote on his Substack page, “DePape lived with a notorious local nudist in a Berkeley home, complete with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window and an LGBT rainbow flag, emblazoned with a marijuana symbol, hanging from a tree. A closer look reveals the characteristics of a homeless encampment, or what Europeans call ‘an open drug scene’…People come and go from the house and the vehicles, neighbors say, in part to partake in the use of a potent psychedelic drug, ibogaine. Neighbors described DePape as a homeless addict with a politics that was, until recently, left-wing, but of secondary importance to his psychotic and paranoid behavior.”
The official narrative about the break-in continues to be updated in real time.
But none of those facts matter to Olbermann.
He just has a bloodlust for Trump that must be sated one way or another.