Ex-MSNBC Analyst Keith Olbermann Calls For Supreme Court To Be Dissolved

By Victor Winston, updated on March 4, 2024

In a recent and unexpected turn of events, former MSNBC analyst Keith Olbermann has once again brought the spotlight onto the United States Supreme Court.

This time, his outcry was in response to a unanimous decision by the court, interpreting the 14th Amendment in a manner that forbids states from barring candidates, including Donald Trump, over insurrection claims.

A Decisive Supreme Court Ruling Sparks Controversy

Olbermann, known for his forthright opinions, did not hold back in his critique. He took to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, to voice a vehement disagreement with the court’s latest ruling.

This decision ensured that no state could exclude a political candidate based on allegations of insurrection, thus allowing figures like former President Donald Trump to remain on electoral ballots under the protection of the Constitution.

In his critique, Olbermann targeted not just the decision itself but also the justices who form the bench of the Supreme Court. This included liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, despite their concurrence with the majority opinion through a separate written agreement.

He labeled the entire institution as betraying democratic principles, calling it "corrupt and illegitimate."

Olbermann Calls for the Supreme Court’s Dissolution

Keith Olbermann's remarks were harsh and uncompromising.

The Supreme Court has betrayed democracy. Its members including Jackson, Kagan, and Sotomayor have proved themselves inept at reading comprehension. And collectively the 'court' has shown itself to be corrupt and illegitimate. It must be dissolved.

Indeed, this is not the first instance of Olbermann demanding drastic changes to the structure of the United States' highest court. He had previously voiced a similar sentiment following the court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022, a landmark judgment that had safeguarded the right to abortion in the United States for decades.

However, the call to dissolve the Supreme Court stands in a tense relationship with the Constitution itself. Although Congress holds the power to modify the court's structure, the outright abolition of the court would represent an unprecedented challenge to the separation of powers that underpins United States governance.

Online Discourse Reflects Broader Political Tensions

Following his initial remarks, Olbermann intensified his criticism in later online exchanges, using strong language to assert his view that the Supreme Court has exceeded its authority, particularly about the separation of powers. He expresses deep dissatisfaction with what he sees as the court's political leanings, especially regarding its interpretations of the Constitution.

Olbermann's comments have stirred controversy and highlight the deeper societal and political rifts concerning the Supreme Court's role in American democracy. His call to action, while extreme, points to the intense divisions and the sense of urgency among some to address their concerns about the court straying from its core mission: to interpret the law without bias.

His extreme position illuminates the ongoing discourse on the Supreme Court's impact on American political and social life. Although his proposal to dismantle the court may not come to fruition, it sparks important conversations about power balance, the judiciary's role, and the principles of democratic integrity.


Keith Olbermann, a former MSNBC analyst, has ignited a new debate around the United States Supreme Court with his vocal opposition to a unanimous ruling prohibiting states from disqualifying political candidates based on insurrection claims. His criticism extends to the entire bench of the Supreme Court, including liberal justices, for their interpretation of the 14th Amendment that effectively allows candidates like Donald Trump to remain on electoral ballots.

Olbermann's call for the dissolution of the Supreme Court reflects his deep dissatisfaction with what he perceives as the court's deviation from democratic principles and its alleged corruption, sparking a broader conversation on the judiciary's role in American democracy amidst existing political and societal divisions.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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