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Keith Olbermann Says He Wants To Jail All Republicans

Do you remember Keith Olbermann? I had forgotten all about him until, recently, he reemerged online to demand that all conservatives, Republicans, and Trump supporters more or less be put in camps for thought-crimes.

Wait, what?

I know, it sounds like I’m exaggerating. Before I explain exactly what Olbermann said, though, let me back up a minute. You may think his name sounds familiar, but maybe you don’t remember why. Keith Olbermann was a sports host for ESPN and a political commentator for MSNBC. He is, in other words, about as left-wing as left-wing gets. He made a real name for himself on MSNBC and later on the Internet with his completely unhinged, hate-filled rants toward anyone he disagrees with.

In 2010, Olbermann was suspended from MSNBC for making political donations to Democrats. This was at a time when the ardently left-wing MSNBC was still engaging in the flimsy premise of objective reporting. Apparently, Olbermann violated a company policy requiring him to get approval for such donations. That was the moment that Olbermann’s status as a partisan hack was officially confirmed, but it wasn’t until several years later that things got rocky for him. He hosted a series of web commentaries that were dubbed “The Resistance” after Trump won the election in 2016. These were, as you can imagine, wildly left-of-center.

When Olbermann wanted back in at ESPN, he had to retire from political commentary, apparently as a condition of employment. He ended his Resistance show by declaring victory and going home, announcing that Trump would be out of office “prematurely and… soon.” He then disappeared from the public eye, at least as far as politics are concerned. Evidently he was let out of his contract at ESPN, or something else changed, because when the disgraced Olbermann reappeared in media, it was on… YouTube.

On YouTube, he has a show called “The Worst Person In The World,” or some such nonsense, and about three episodes in he started calling for Republicans and “maggots” (his words, probably a play on MAGA) to be rounded up and jailed:

Trump can be and must be expunged. The hate he has triggered, the pandora’s box he has opened, they will not be so easily destroyed. So, let us brace ourselves. The task is twofold. The terrorist Trump must be defeated, must be destroyed, must be devoured at the ballot box and then he and his enablers and his supporters and his collaborators and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs and the Sean Hannitys and the Mike Pences and the Rudy Giulianis and the Kyle Rittenhouses and the Amy Coney Barretts must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society while we try and rebuild it and to rebuild the world Trump has nearly destroyed by turning it over to a virus.

Not content with stating that everyone he does not like should be imprisoned, Olbermann went a step farther and spoke of the Democrats’ post-election plans:

Remember it. Even as we dream of a return to reality and safety and the country for which our forefathers died that the fight is not just to win an election, but to win it by enough to chase at least for a moment Trump and the maggots off the stage and then try to clean off what they left. Remember it. Even though to remember it means that the fight does not end November 3. But in many ways will only begin that day.

It’s bad enough that Olbermann calls Trump a “terrorist.” It’s worse that he wants to put in prison anyone who’s ever had an opinion he disagrees with. But did you catch what he’s saying at the end of that quote? Olbermann sees Democrats seizing power, not as the end of the Democrat’s four-year nightmare under President Trump, but as only the beginning of what the Democrats plan to do. Why, they’re going to “remove you from society” if they get into power, says Olbermann. They’re going to “prosecute” you for “collaborating” with Trump. This is the language, not of political opponents, but of Communist revolutionaries.

When climate activist Greta Thunberg talked about putting the “climate deniers” — whatever her term for them was at the time — “up against the wall,” she tried to blame the language barrier for using such a loaded term. It worries me that such turns of phrase have found their way into the Left’s lexicon… because I immediately thought of that slip of the tongue when I saw Olbermann’s comments. They are essentially the same thing. They’re liberals threatening to “destroy” and to “expunge” anyone who dares to oppose them.

Believe the Olbermanns of the world when they tell you they want to imprison you for your opinions. If the Left wants to punish those who dared disagree with them in the past, the future becomes dark for all of us. A free society must allow dissent, must permit diversity of opinions, for its citizens to coexist. But Keith Olbermann and those like him don’t want that. They want total control, not just of government, but of what people are allowed to think.

They’re promising to put you in prison if you are a Republican. Maybe, just maybe, we should believe them. And maybe we should vote in November like our liberties depend on the outcome.

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