An outraged Keith Olbermann directed blistering commentary at Hillary Clinton for referencing Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination while defending her decision to stay in the race.
Here is a partial transcript of Keith Olbermann’s “special comment”:
But Senator, we cannot forgive you this.
“You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”
We cannot forgive you this — not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.
This is unforgivable, because this nation’s deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.
Lincoln. Garfield. McKinley. Kennedy. Martin Luther King. Robert Kennedy.
And, but for the grace of the universe or the luck of the draw, Reagan, Ford, Truman, Nixon, Andrew Jackson, both Roosevelts, even George Wallace.
The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton, you cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!
And to not appreciate, immediately – to still not appreciate tonight – just what you have done… is to reveal an incomprehension of the America you seek to lead.
This, Senator, is too much.
Because a senator – a politician – a person – who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part, just in case the other guy gets shot – has no business being, and no capacity to be, the President of the United States.
Good night and good luck.
This was definitely one of the most passionate, the angriest Special Comment I have heard from Keith yet. It was well deserved, and I hope Senator Clinton heard it.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Several more responses from the media and the internet:
The Washington Post – Hillary Clinton Raises the Specter of the Unspeakable
Bob Cesca of HuffPo – Worst Person in the World
The New York Times – Say What? Hillary Clinton Does it Again
Op-Ed News – Hillary Isn’t Quite Ready For Prime Time
Daily Kos – Hillary Clinton: On why she’s still in it
Juan Cole (Informed Comment) – Clinton touches off National PTSD
Andrew Sullivan (The Atlantic ) The Daily Dish – Paging Dr Freud