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As a social media user aptly noted, unhinged liberal Keith Olbermann “just ascended to the final form on the Leftist Evolution Tree: The Racist.”
Of course, once he got a feel for how bad he’s being ratioed on his tweet, Olbermann deleted the entry — while you may think he’d opt for the cowardly way out, blaming auto-correct, he was a little more creative in his excuse.
In a rush to spew hatred for President Trump, the former ESPN sportscaster dared to suggest that Kunta Kinte, the fictional slave character featured in the hit miniseries Roots, was “whiny.”
“Yes @realDonaldTrump has always been, will always be, and on the day of his bid for re-election, still is: a whiny little Kunta Kinte,” Olbermann tweeted.
The Roots miniseries was based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” which was an account of Haley’s family history.
After deleting the tweet, Olbermann came back with this excuse, likely usurped from one of the more vicious responses* to the original: “Just logged back in: I apologize for my previous subtweet of this. I was using an old 70’s-80’s technique for calling somebody a c*** without writing/saying c***, just using a sound-alike to call Trump a c***.”
Just logged back in: I apologize for my previous subtweet of this. I was using an old 70's-80's technique for calling somebody a c*** without writing/saying c***, just using a sound-alike to call Trump a c***
Deleting previous, largely because this one clarifies the c*** part https://t.co/hIIrt1Ke17
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 3, 2020
Olbermann was responding to a clip of Trump appearing on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning and pointing out how different the network is today in comparison to how it covered the 2016 election.
According to the president, Fox News spends excessive time focusing on Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his surrogates, such as former President Barack Obama, than necessary.
Actor LaVar Burton who played Kunte Kinte in the classic series was measured in his repones to Olbermann:
Dear @KeithOlbermann, #Kunta is pronounced with a long “u” as in unity, not a short “u” as in cup.
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) November 3, 2020
Other reactions, weren’t as forgiving. Singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson was among the more notable Twitter users to react, as was Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King:
You should’ve just said cunt If you meant cunt and not tried to be funny. This shit is racist and inaccurate as fuck. Calling Kunta Kinte whiny?! WHINY?! How fucking dare you.
— Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson) November 3, 2020
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 3, 2020
What the fuck? https://t.co/iiS5YAOdTq
— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 3, 2020
But that was just the beginning of the backlash directed at Olbermann, who quickly got a taste for just how tolerant his side is when you touch one of the sacred third rails.
Here’s a sampling of some of the responses from Twitter:
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) November 3, 2020
A *who* now? pic.twitter.com/EEkZVylaRn
— Purmurlur (@pyomela) November 3, 2020
I didn’t know Kunta Kinte was whiny!!! Not the first descriptor I would use. I think you are fantastic Keith, but not so fantastic for that reference. Change/delete.
— Amanda Harris (@popcornjotter) November 3, 2020
Is it possible but to be so non-racist you become racist again? pic.twitter.com/1xbLiE9kLx
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) November 3, 2020
Keith Olbermann legitimately just ascended to the final form on the Leftist Evolution Tree:
The Racist. pic.twitter.com/Oz3T3s7jMj
— M͓̽a͓̽l͓̽c͓̽o͓̽l͓̽m͓̽ ͓̽F͓̽l͓̽e͓̽X (@Malcolm_fleX48) November 3, 2020
Tf does that mean
— BLACK⛰️ HOTEP (@NyeusiHotep) November 3, 2020
— Marisa ❤️ | Beauty + Style (@HeyRissyRozay) November 3, 2020
What fresh hell is this?!?!…how do you even think to mention DJT in the same breath as Kunta Kinte?
— Penny (@pennyscorp) November 3, 2020
It’s two words and it’s been up for over an hour now. lol
What would correct to “Kunta Kinte”? lol
— Δx Δp ≥ ℏ/2 (@HeckPhiIIy) November 3, 2020
“I’m a white man who is out of touch with reality and believe it is my right to disparage black heroes for my personal gain”
That’s what he meant & no one is surprised
— Maggie May Done Woke Up (@hellcatmaggie13) November 3, 2020
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