Keith Olbermann apologized in a tweet Tuesday after receiving backlash for calling President Donald Trump “a whiny little Kunta Kinte.”
“Just logged back in: I apologize for my previous subtweet of this. I was using an old 70’s-80’s technique for calling somebody a c*** without saying/writing c***, just using a sound-alike to call Trump a c***,” Olbermann tweeted.
Olbermann clarified that he was attempting to apply a derogatory term to the president.
“Deleting previous, largely because this one clarifies the c*** part,” Olbermann continued in his tweet.
Just logged back in: I apologize for my previous subtweet of this. I was using an old 70’s-80’s technique for calling somebody a c*** without writing/saying c***, just using a sound-alike to call Trump a c***
Deleting previous, largely because this one clarifies the c*** part https://t.co/hIIrt1Ke17
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 3, 2020
Olbermann previously called Trump “a whiny little Kunta Kinte,” according to a screenshot of the now-deleted tweet.
“Yes @realDonaldTrump has always been, always will be, and on the day of his bid for re-election, still is: a whiny little Kunta Kinte,” Olbermann tweeted, sharing a clip from Trump’s Tuesday appearance on “Fox and Friends.” (RELATED: Keith Olbermann Melts Down On Twitter: ‘Resign You Mother******* Traitor’)
Olbermann’s tweet sparked widespread backlash and criticism on Twitter. (RELATED: ‘He Was A Half-Ass…Not A Very Good Sports Reporter’: Rudy Giuliani Goes After Keith Olbermann Our Anti-Trump Comments)
‘What is wrong with you?’ Black Twitter drags Keith Olbermann for calling Trump a ‘whiny Kunta Kinte’ https://t.co/BvU4gg4jdo
— Raw Story (@RawStory) November 3, 2020
Did he really not watch Roots or read the book? When is Kunta Kinte whiny? What am I missing?
— Pranesh Prakash (@pranesh) November 3, 2020
Some users decried Olbermann’s use of the term Kunta Kinte, the name of a black slave who resists American masters in the book and TV show “Roots” as a racist remark.
Olbermann hits Trump as ‘a whiny little Kunta Kinte,’ Twitter users condemn it as a racist remark https://t.co/hUNjAq3h1n
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 3, 2020
Keith said this racist thing https://t.co/JLaYW0QtiL
— Nick Searcy, BELOVED INT’L FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) November 3, 2020
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 3, 2020
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