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Keith Olbermann Shames Pundits Normalizing Trump, Warns President-Elect Unity Won't Happen

Let's give Trump his 5,000th chance.

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Keith Olbermann doesn't want to be at the helm of the "Resistance," which he's aptly dubbed his program since Trump won the election. But in a new age of normalizing the president-elect, the GQ correspondent is taking the reins to consistently point out that Trump's behavior is not normal. 

"Donald John Trump [is] the first-ever president-elect to begin to try to monetize the presidency and privatize functions of the government and to fill his Cabinet with the crew of a pirate ship," Olbermann said, alluding to the fact that many of the Trump administration appointees have no prior experience in their newly assigned roles. 

"The rest of America's commentators and almost all of its politicians are holding back," Olbermann continued, turning to their rationale for the nauseating pivot.

"Oh, let's give him a chance, another chance, his 5,000th chance," he mocked. "So, somebody has to do this!"

Olbermann took aim at "President-elect Pussygrabber's Pettysburg address"—a YouTube video released by Trump just in time for Thanksgiving.

The most frustrating part of Trump's attempt at unity? Someone completely unfamiliar with his presidential campaign could have written it. 

"We are very blessed to call this nation our home, and that's what America is—it is our home," Donald Trump announced from his office in Trump tower. "It's where we raise our families, care for our loved ones, look out for our neighbors and live out our dreams."

It's a far cry from the way Trump began his campaign.

"The American dream is dead," Trump announced in June 2015, just after proclaiming that, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best."

Olbermann began his line-by-line shredding of Trump's recent YouTube address to the nation. "Our Mexican neighbors? The ones you said, they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists?"

Olbermann continued to question Trump: "Our African-American neighbors? The ones you said are living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs? And America... which you said last August 27 is in a death spiral—that America?"

Trump then turned to all Americans to heal the divisions he largely caused during his 17-month campaign. 

"To succeed, we must enlist the effort of the entire nation," Trump told viewers. 

"The entire nation?" Olbermann asked incredulously. "Including the majority of this nation who voted for somebody besides you, including the plurality of this nation who voted for Hillary Clinton and not for you? All of us, including those of us you have derided in victory as 'badly defeated'?"

"You get nothing from us," he told Trump. "You made this bed and then you lit it on fire."

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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