Keith Olbermann Demands Trump Withdraw After His Treasonous Debate Performance
The presidential debates may be over, but Donald Trump's debate against America's democracy is just beginning.
"Trump made a statement [Wednesday night] in front of tens of millions of Americans that should, by itself, end not just his candidacy for but also his eligibility to be president," GQ correspondent Keith Olbermann opened.
Olbermann stressed that while this statement has been treated as something new and shocking, coming from arrogant and delusional Donald Trump, it is neither.
"Your running mate, Governor Pence, pledged on Sunday that he and you, his words, will absolutely accept the result of this election," presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace reminded Trump Wednesday night.
"Today your daughter Ivanka said the same thing," Wallace continued. "I want to ask you here on the stage tonight, do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?"
Trump did not.
"I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now. I'll look at it at the time," Trump said in response.
That's when Olbermann concluded Trump lost the election.
"If Trump still had a chance, it vanished right then. And then if he had a chance to regain perhaps some dignity to not pull down his supporters and his party with him, he blew that as well," Olbermann said.
Wallace, in all fairness, gave Trump a chance to back away from the statement.
"There is a tradition in this country, in fact one of the prides of this country, is the peaceful transition of power," Wallace reminded Trump.
"No matter how hard-fought a campaign is that at the end of the campaign, the loser concedes to the winner," Wallace continued.
"[I'm] not saying that you're necessarily going to be the loser or the winner," he added, "but that the loser concedes to the winner and that the country comes together, in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you're not prepared now to commit to that principle?" Wallace asked Trump.
Trump wouldn't budge.
"What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time, I'll keep you in suspense," Trump said.
Olbermann was vehement.
"Burn in hell," the GQ correspondent said, adding that Trump's words were the "moral equivalent of treason [that] this time slipped past no one, not the moderator, not Fox News, not even breitbart.com. No one."
"Donald Trump is not invested in democracy. Donald Trump is not invested in our constitution. Donald Trump is not invested in America. Donald Trump is not invested in preventing people from being killed on the streets after an election—like this were a third-world police state," Olbermann said.
Olbermann then had a not-so-simple request for Republicans.
"Compel him to withdraw now," he demanded.