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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell demands Iowa congressman’s ‘Christian ID’

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

Is Lawrence O’Donnell trying his hardest to fill a void left by the departure of Keith Olbermann? Aside from having an actual Republican member of Congress on his show — something Olbermann rarely did — one might make that conclusion after an appearance from Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King.

On his Wednesday night show, O’Donnell had a contentious, sometimes angry back-and-forth with King. After a Fox News segment from Monday night’s “Hannity” featuring a Frank Luntz focus group in which participants questioned President Barack Obama’s religion and nationality made the rounds on MSNBC, O’Donnell took it out on his guest.

O’DONNELL: Congressman, where did Barack Obama grow up?

KING: Well, by his own reports, he spent a lot of his early formative years in Indonesia.

O’DONNELL: How many?

KING: And –

O’DONNELL: Congressman, how many years did he live in Indonesia?

KING: I’m going to guess it was five or six — perhaps five or six years in Indonesia, perhaps longer. Pardon me?

O’DONNELL: Then where did he live?

KING: Then he moved to Hawaii, which is America, which is going to be your next point.

O’DONNELL: OK. So, my question to you is: you know more than your constituent about a lot of things, and awful lots of things, and you know more than constituents about Barack Obama. Why didn’t you say he grew up in Hawaii?

KING: Well –

O’DONNELL: Why couldn’t you bring yourself to say that in Iowa?

KING: It would have been a contradiction of the facts. I mean, really, very formative years, from age about 5 to 9 or 10.

O’DONNELL: He grew up in Hawaii, Congressman. Are you denying that he grew up in Hawaii?

KING: It certainly was. It certainly was. I don’t think there’s any question, part of his upbringing was in Hawaii.

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  • libertyatstake

    Where Barry “grew up” is not the issue. Where Barry was born …. still inconclusive. Ask Abercrombie.

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • loudog

    King may very well be a muslim plant!

    • truebearing

      And you could be a Marxist vegetable!

      • loudog

        and you could be a far right fruitcake

        • truebearing

          And you a pile of canine generated fertilizer.

  • truebearing

    O’Donnell is a moron. Trying to make an equivalency between a Christian having an ID that says “I’m a Christian” and a president providing a constitutionally required birth certificate is sheer stupidity. Why am I not surprised it was Lawrence O’Donnell who came up with this absurdity.

    Apparently there is a minimum daily quota of deranged, non sequitur thinking required at MSNBC, and now that Olbermanic is gone (technically he’s always been “gone”) O’Donnell is stepping down to fill his reeking shoes.

  • laphil

    Is O’Donnell a commentator or a prosecutor? He always seems to be cross-examining his guests. And liberals complain about Bill O’Reilly.

    • truebearing

      If he was a prosecutor he’d never get a conviction, unless it was his own for being criminally stupid.

  • laphil

    It seems O’Donnell is obsessed about Obama’s birthplace and religion. He’s the one who brought them up.

  • mississippian

    Maybe if Obama ever went to church people would stop questioning his Christianity. Saying you are a Christian does not make you one. Church attendance is part of being a Christian.

    • ppace60657

      Do you not remember the hate and fury thrown at President Obama because his Christian church’s pastor said thing Republicans don’t agree with? Why would a Muslim have a pastor and attend a Christian church? You can’t have it both ways – either he hangs out with crazy Jeremiah Wright at his Christian church, or he’s a Muslim who never goes to church.

      • thephranc

        It was a racist and marxist church more than a christian church.

      • truebearing

        You are confused and babbling. People attacked Rev Wright for his racist, Black Liberation Theology filled sermons. Wright doesn’t preach the Christian Gospel, at all. Saying you are a Christian means nothing if you don’t act in accordance with the teachings which Wright has never done.

        Obama has said things that are derogatory about Christians in this country, yet praises Islam, and has bent over backwards to defend Muslims. He has ignored Christian traditions, deleted Christian references from quotes, skipped Christian events, and had Christian symbols covered up during speeches. He has allowed radical Muslims back in this country who were banned after 9/11. He has given large sums of money to the Muslim Brotherhood. The list goes on and on.

        Obama is a MUSLIM.

        • loudog

          he isn’t even human, the overlords dropped him off in a ufo

          • truebearing

            That would be better for the overall reputation of the human race. Oh-oh, does that make me racist?

            Wait a minute, why ask a dogmatist about being a racist? They’re always barking up the wrong tree.

          • loudog

            chuckled a bit right there