Keith Olbermann: I Believe Bin Laden Did Less to Hurt America than President Trump

‘We did really well after 9/11’

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Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann says President Trump is even worse for America than Osama bin Laden.

Actually, Trump is worse than bin Laden and ISIS ... combined, according to the former TV personality.

Olbermann appeared Friday on "The View." Here's a transcript:

HOSTIN: “You said recently via tweet that Trump and his family have done more damage to America than bin Laden and ISIS combined. Do you believe that?”

OLBERMANN: “Yeah, we did really well after 9/11. I don't think that the country has given itself enough credit. We did not restrict all the freedoms in this country. We did not single out people.”

McCAIN: “3,000 people died on 9/11.”


McCAIN: “The comparison is absurd."

OLBERMANN: "But more people died in the Iraq War than died in 9/11. We didn't need to be there as a response."

McCAIN: "You think Bin Laden did less to damage America than President Trump?”


McCAIN: “Can I tell you something? When I hear rhetoric like that, I think Whoopi and I are in agreement that we want Americans to come together. Rhetoric like that is so damaging. By the way, my brother fought in the Iraq war and deployed numerous times. So before we start tit for tatting, there's a lot of service in my family. So I don't understand, when you are saying things like that, bin Laden was dedicated to destruction of all, everything that we hold dear and our freedom, so when you compare it to that —“

HOSTIN: “Perhaps some people think that Trump is dedicated to the destruction of —“

McCAIN: “I believe I’m asking the question. I believe I’m asking Keith a question.”

HOSTIN: “Actually, it was my question.”

BEHAR: “Okay, so what’s your answer?”

OLBERMANN: “What’s the question?”

HOSTIN: “My question is, do you honestly believe that?”

BEHAR: “You are saying that going into Iraq was worse than what bin Laden did on 9/11. It’s what you said and that ticked her off.”

OLBERMANN: “I do. And it’s not about disrespecting the troops in the slightest or your father’s service which astounds me to this day that he was able to do that. And his service to the country right now astounds me and I applaud him. I’m just saying the Iraq war was a waste of these people’s lives and it was unnecessary.”

McCAIN: “From your perspective.”

OLBERMANN: “I think history suggests they’re two things that didn’t have anything to do with one another.“

McCAIN: “How do people like us find common ground. Because we disagree vehemently on our outlook on the world and I’m so tired of this kind of rhetoric. And I’m tired of it on the right as well. I’m exhausted.”

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