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Olbermann | Bloomberg
Occupy Wall Street – On his Tuesday show, Keith Olbermann foreshadowed some choice words for New York mayor Michael Bloomberg by giving some vivid examples of how America has been, “founded by and invigorated by and re-invigorated by protest.”
Olbermann, who has been increasingly verbal about his support of Occupy Wall Street took, it seemed, a personal offense to Bloomberg’s decision to shut down the thriving encampment of protestors in Lower Manhattan-many were arrested. Among a slew of his usual clever insults, the host of Countdown placed Bloomberg at the top of a list of figures whose “limitless stupidity” had only aided in the victories of protests past. In his “stupid” list, Olbermann went on to name Joseph McCarthy, former Chicago mayor Richard Daley and, of course, the indisputably offensive former governor of Alabama, George Wallace.
His point? Infuriated, Olbermann drew some sharp parallels between the Occupy movement raids and the violence against civil rights protestors. He said that none of those officials “ever understood that suppression… always creates the opposite of the effects desired.”
Before his grand finale, Olbermann dismantled the New York mayor’s character with a list of some of the most colorful and symbolic jabs one could conceive of-even for Olbermann. He called Bloomberg a “cartoon,” a “cliche,” an “archetype,” and then went on to call him “the most irreplaceable man” to the protestors.
“No such a living and breathing embodiment of all that is wrong and all that is stupid in the establishment of this country could be ordered up from fiction,” he flared. He called Bloomberg “a smaller, more embarrassing version of the tin-pot tyrants who have fallen around the world.”
Olbermann directed his next message to the mayor directly, with eyes searing into the screen, “You should resign.”
Read more at the Huffington Post.