While appearing on ABC’s The View on Friday, Keith Olbermann doubled-down on his claims that President Donald Trump and his family are doing more damage to the United States than Islamic terrorists who have murdered thousands of Americans.
Olbermann attacked Donald Trump Jr. over Twitter on Thursday, accusing his family of doing more damage to America than Osama bin Laden and ISIS combined — offering no evidence to support his outrageous claims.
In response to that tweet, co-host Sunny Hostin asked Olbermann if he actually believes that.
“Yes,” Olbermann replied. “Yeah, we did really well after 9/11, I don’t think the country has given itself enough credit for what we did not do after 9/11… we did not restrict all of the freedoms in this country, we did not single out people.”
Not only were Olbermann's claims absurd and highly offensive to those who have lost loved ones at the hands of Islamic terrorism, his statement that freedoms were not restricted in the U.S. and people were not targeted post 9/11 is a lie.
Parts of the USA Patriot Act, which was signed into law the month following the 9/11 attacks, were later deemed to be unconstitutional.
"U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the Patriot Act, 'now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment,'" NBC News reported in 2007.
In 2001, the year of the 9/11 attacks, assaults against Muslims skyrocketed 775% compared to the previous year, according to Pew Research.