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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Olbermann vs. Trump

In a Washington Post column, Keith Olbermann announced that he's so fed up with Donald Trump that he's moving out of an apartment he owns in a building owned by the GOP front runner:

I’m getting out because of the degree to which the very name “Trump” has degraded the public discourse and the nation itself. I can’t hear, or see, or say that name any longer without spitting. Frankly, I’m running out of Trump spit.
I think Olbermann is being disingenuous. He has certainly been aware of Trump's birtherism and bigotry during the nine years he lived in that building, and I seem to remember him naming Trump one of his "Worst Persons In The World" more than once on his old MSNBC show. So what was the tipping point for his decision?

I think Olbermann reveals the real reason he's really moving out at the end of his piece -- it's not because of Trump's outrageous conduct as a presidential candidate as much as it is because the building leaves a lot to be desired in the maintenance department:
One day Trump appeared in person and, with what I only later realized was the same kind of sincere concern and respect that Eddie Haskell used to pay “Beaver” Cleaver’s mother, asked me how I liked the place and to let him know personally if anything ever went wrong. About 15 months ago, when the elevators failed and many of the heating-unit motors died and the water shut off, I wrote him. He sent an adjutant over to bluster mightily about the urgency of improvements and who was to blame for the elevators and how there would be consequences, and within weeks Trump’s minions were obediently and diligently installing — a new revolving door at the back of the lobby.

That three-week project stretched past three months, smothered the lobby in stench and grime, required the repeated removal and reinstallation of a couple of railings, and for a time created a window frosting problem even when it wasn’t cold out.

So at least there’s this comfort. If there is a President Trump and he decides to build this ludicrous wall to prevent the immigration from Mexico that isn’t happening, and he uses that same contractor, it’ll take them about a thousand years to finish it.