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Republicans outraged after Keith Olbermann expresses "hope" that Donald Trump will be assassinated

On Monday, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann went to the social media platform now known as X to say that there is "always hope" that former President Donald J. Trump (R) would be assassinated.

Olbermann was responding to a post on X by the Biden-Harris campaign flagging a clip of President Trump saying he had been persecuted worse than any president in history, including Abraham Lincoln.

"Trump says he has been treated worse than Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated," the Biden campaign account posted on Saturday.

Unasked for Olbermann then responded, "There's always the hope," ostensibly expressing hope that President Trump would be taken out be an assassin.

The short social media post has provoked nationwide outrage.

Here in Alabama, former state Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr. (R-Montgomery) condemned the comment.

"In the latest edition of the unhinged left's fantasy playbook, Keith Olbermann has decided that mere opposition to Donald Trump isn't enough. No, he's taken a leap into the abyss of moral bankruptcy by suggesting hope for the assassination of a former president," said Hooper. "This isn't just a departure from sanity; it's a free fall into the depts of violent extremism that the left so often accuses conservatives of inhabiting."

"What's truly astounding is the left's audacity to label themselves as the party of peace, tolerance, and moral superiority. Yet, here we have Olbermann, one of their favorite mouthpieces, crossing lines that should never even be approached in civil discourse. he left has decided that any means justify their ends, no matter how reprehensible those means might be. And let's not forget the double standard at play. Imagine, just for a moment, if a conservative commentator had expressed a similar hope & quote regarding former President Obama. The outcry would be deafening, with demands for immediate censorship, public shaming, and possibly legal action. But when Olbermann espouses such vitriol? Not a word from the mainstream media."

Olbermann has since deleted the comment.

"I'm hoping Trump's right, that he IS treated worse than Lincoln. As I've said for 9 years: THAT HE'S CONVICTED, THEN DIES IN PRISON," Olbermann wrote in response to the reaction.

Polls at this point in the presidential cycle have Trump performing better than any Republican nominee since Ronald Reagan in 1984. There is still a lot of time between now and November 5.

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