One-time cable news personality Keith Olbermann is known for launching into flights of far-left fancy when opining on the perceived faults of conservatives.
In his latest rant, however, he went so far as to demand the arrests of President Donald Trump and Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“Remove, and arrest”
His remark about the president came in the form of a tweet on Thursday evening.
“It is necessary to remove, and arrest, the president of the United States,” Olbermann wrote. “Tonight.”
Based on the lack of context, it is unclear exactly what set him off this time, though the timing suggests it could be related to the president’s continued insistence that all legal votes — and only legal votes — be counted. Trump has further claimed that Democrats might have cheated, declining to concede an election that has yet to be officially declared for either candidate.
Olbermann later engaged in an even more disingenuously partisan attack, pointing to a tweet falsely attributing an incendiary quote to Carlson.
The confusion stemmed from Thursday’s installment of Tucker Carlson Tonight, during which the host played a clip of retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson’s speculation about “how much blood might flow” if Trump refuses to concede the election and Biden sends in the military to crack down on the president’s supporters.
“If they answer that call and come to the street with guns, then we probably are going to have a need for the military,” Wilkerson said. “And then all bets are off as to how much blood might flow.”
Olbermann’s deleted tweet
Of course, Olbermann was apparently not concerned with basic fact-checking, opting instead to jump directly to his claim in a now-deleted tweet that the Fox News personality was inciting violence and deserved to be arrested. In fact, Carlson’s monologue was meant to balk at Wilkerson’s rhetoric.
“So here you have one of the people who brought you the war in Iraq fantasizing out loud about killing even more civilians,” Carlson said. “In this case, American citizens, Trump voters, in the streets of our cities. People didn’t used to talk like this on television and on Fox News they still don’t because we wouldn’t allow it, that’s violent extremism.”
It is Olbermann who has a troubling history of extremist statements.
As he stated in the lead-up to the election: “[Trump] and his enablers, and his supporters, and his collaborators, and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs…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 to rebuild it and to rebuild the world Trump has destroyed by turning it over to a virus.”