Outspoken left-winger Keith Olbermann said Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives should "stop rolling over" as they prepare to fight next year's Republican majority in the congressional chamber, Fox News reported.
In fact, Olbermann said Democrats ought to pull out "baseball bats" to get the job done, the cable network said.
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Fox News said Olbermann guested on the "Fast Politics with Molly Jong-Fast" podcast last week and raised concerns about Republicans in 2023 using committees against the Democrats — and said that Democrats should fight "dirty" in response.
"I wish the Democrats would play that game to 10% of the levels that Republicans do. … Until the Democrats stop rolling over for this and saying, ‘We’re not going to dirty our hands, when they go high, we go low.’ When they go low, we get baseball bats," Olbermann said, according to the cable network. "That should be the next. Let’s get Obama out here saying when they go low, we get baseball bats. I think that would solve this completely."
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This was in reference to former first lady Michelle Obama’s viral comments at the 2016 Democratic National Convention where she advised Democratic supporters "when they go low, we go high."
Michelle Obama’s motto was widely praised at the time, however some Democratic figures have pushed back against the comment since 2016. In 2018, former Attorney General Eric Holder rejected the call for civility during a campaign event.
"It is time for us, as Democrats, to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are," Holder told the crowd at the time. "Michelle always says — Michelle Obama, I love her, you know, she and my wife like, really tight, which always scares me and Barack — but Michelle says, you know, 'When they go low, we go high.' No, no. When they go low, we kick 'em!"
Days later the former first lady pushed back against Holder's statements: "Fear is not ... a proper motivator. Hope wins out, and if you think about how you want your kids to be raised, how you want them to think about life and their opportunities, do you want them afraid of their neighbors? Do you want them angry? Do you want them vengeful?"
Fox News said Olbermann during the podcast also criticized Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who briefly banned Olbermann and several journalists from the social media platform.
He suggested that Musk’s brain, and that of former President Donald Trump, "do not work in the traditional fashion," the cable network said.
"It's clear from the public record that … his perceptions of reality are a little bit different than the average person to begin with, and then you throw in everything else that’s going on, and I think this is really about him enjoying this role," Olbermann said, according to Fox News, adding, "I don’t know where you begin where it becomes decreasingly irrelevant to try to psychoanalyze or simply diagnose whatever it is that’s wrong with Donald Trump or Elon Musk, but clearly in both cases, it’s clear that their brains do not work in the traditional fashion ..."