OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinion
January 8, 2022
Even Democrats have become frustrated with Joe Biden and his administration, which has one loud pundit calling for his resignation.
Former ESPN and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has called on President Bien to resign if he does not fire Attorney General Merrick Garland.
In one of his unhinged rants the pundit laced into the president for, what he believes, is the lack of action against those who were involved in the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
He also demanded that Biden use a provision in the 14th Amendment to prevent Donald Trump from being president again and to remove other Republicans, like Sen. Ted Cruz from their jobs.
“Real leadership from @POTUS in his 1/6 anniversary speech at this hour would be to call on Congress to pass the bill invoking the Insurrection provisions of the 14th Amendment to ban Trump, Gosar, Brooks, Boebert, Cruz and the other traitors from ever again holding public office,” he said on Twitter with the attached video.
“Jan. 6, one year. And what have we done with that year? In essence, nothing. Subpoenas issued, ignored, mocked. Traitors, crooks, sadists, racists, gun fetish psychos, seditionist congressmen, plotters of coup d’etat, still strung out on stupidity, and impunity and ready to do it all over again. And they are not even the real problem. We are,” he said in the video.
“One year gone, and if the midterms only go as badly as midterms usually go, only one year left. And where is the special prosecutor making life a living hell for Bannon, and Miller, Gosar, and Boebert, Jordan and McCarthy, and Trump? Where is the attorney general giving us not a boilerplate speech but indictments? Where is the Homeland Security chief telling us, yes, Jan. 6 was terrorism, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers are terrorist organizations, and no, you’re not crazy, if you and I stormed the Capitol, we would be met by rubber bullets and tear gas.?” he said.
“And where is the president who is preserving and protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America?
“Where is the president who knows that they are not going to change their minds because you govern well? That the Republicans will destroy democracy and, if they take the House, they will impeach you anyway? Where is the president who will fire this wooden statue we call Merrick garland? Where is the president who is not sleepwalking and hiding behind naïve, antiquated cliches about bipartisanship when the other side is trying to kill all of us?” the pundit said.
And then he got even more unhinged.
“Where is the president who knows that the bully understands only fear? Yours and his. And that the only way to stop the bully, to stop the Republicans, to stop the Trumps, to stop the next coup d’etat is to make them fear that they will lose everything they have. Because they have made it clear, America is going to be them, or us. And, g*ddamnit, Joe! It is your job to make sure it is us. And if you don’t see it that way, resign. We need somebody in your chair who realizes that democracy could be dead a year from right now. We want that to be you. but if it isn’t, the rest of us don’t have any more time to wait, or to waste,” he said.
President Biden is guilty of many policy mistakes but one thing he is not guilty of, one thing that Olbermann wants him to do, is prosecuting his political enemies.
That is what despots do in totalitarian regimes, not what we do in the United States.