WATCH: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell sincerely thanks… the Koch brothers?

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell returned to the airwaves for the first time in 75 days on Monday, and he offered his praise and gratitude to an unlikely hero – David Koch. O’Donnell had been off the air due to injuries suffered in car accident during a vacation earlier this year. On radio this morning, Glenn played O’Donnell’s surprising admission and explained why the clip gives him hope on an otherwise frustrating day.

“Can I tell you where I’m getting some hope today,” Glenn asked. “Did you see what Laurence O’Donnell said? I can’t believe [he’s] saying this.”

On his show Last Call, O’Donnell explained the treatment he received in the aftermath of the accident. He was taken to New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery. As Politico reported, Koch serves on the board of trustees at the hospital, and he donated $25 million in 2009.

O’Donnell saw Koch’s name on a sign as he was being wheeled around the hospital, and while he was quick to reiterate he does not support the Koch brother’s “contribution to American politics,” he does respect their philanthropy.

“Now brace yourselves please for the first positive words said about David Koch on this program,” O’Donnell said. “You can be outraged by what the Koch brothers do with their money in politics and you can appreciate what they contribute to hospitals and medical research, and you can do that at the same time and still retain an ability to function… And so, yes, I feel some gratitude to David Koch,”

Watch the segment courtesy of Politico:

“Can I tell you something? This is giving me hope because there are people that are waking up,” Glenn concluded. “People on the left and the right are recognizing what he just did: I can disagree with you personally, but I don’t have to call you evil. I can recognize that you’re rich, yes, but just because you’re rich doesn’t make you evil… Finally, we can say, ‘Hey, you know, there are some good things that happen in America. There are some good things that happen with people that I disagree with.’”

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  • landofaahs

    I could just as easy say that I respect Buffetts donations to other philanthropic endeavors but still go on bashing his political donations. That’s not changing someone’s outlook but just cornering them into one act of decency. He is still a hack.

  • Anonymous

    For libs it’s a revelation to give credit where credit is due…something I always do.

    • fire lion

      so maybe letting 2 guys marry wont kill capitalism?

      • Anonymous

        It might make you vomit though.

        • Rob Grondahl

          So does it make you vomit to see a girl kiss a guy? If not then you my friend are a bigot.

          • Anonymous

            I’m straight so why would why would a straight couple make me vomit? I don’t get that and neither do you. I have no problem with homosexuals its just the actual physical part that grosses me out. Nothing bigoted about that. Stop playing a victim. We have enough already.

          • Rob Grondahl

            Pay attention to the subject and object assignments in my first sentence, it is the basis of the conclusion in the second.

      • Anonymous

        They already do. Gay marriage has been occurring since 2004 in my state. Also the first lesbian who murdered her wife in a nearby town, and alot of divorces. But I don’t really care if they get married. The kind of overly promiscuous behavior depicted in And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts (who signed my book; nice guy), I do object to, as it spreads disease around.

        • fire lion

          Yes because straight people do not divorce, have unwanted children, have any kind of STDs or sleep around.


          • Anonymous

            Bathhouse culture was a real thing, and it was gay guys, not straight. And where do unwanted children come into this?

  • racindavid

    I’m sure there’s a “George Soros” wing in a hospital somewh…. Oh wait. never mind. Sorry, my bad.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same; but, I wasn’t willing to google to verify.

      • Anonymous

        Soros puts his money into destruction of our way of life.

        • Anonymous

          Ramping up legalization of marijuana comes to mind. Cloud minds and control gets easier. Try to take it away from Colorado and see what happens.

    • Overheten

      Soros just gets off on hurting others.

    • R.L. Shawver

      Seriously, best comment of the day!!

    • Stan

      A Soros wing in a hospital somewhere? The George Soros medical center is the VA and planned parenthood. It’s alive and kicking, practicing eugenics, killing the elderly and infirm, paying bonuses on potential money saved by the denial of care, the resulting deaths, the abortion industry. It’s not just somewhere, it’s everywhere.

  • Robert Freedom

    You must learn every thing about you enemy and use it.

  • Anonymous

    All I see is double mindedness from this liberal his reason is driven by his
    emotions not logic. Do not put your trust in him remember “when
    grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn
    righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on
    doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.” Glen do not be depressed over this for we are for warned by God!

  • diskpanic

    “There are some good things that happen with people that I disagree with.”

    No, not with people that I disagree with. *BECAUSE* of people that I disagree with. That’s all good… but look at the pattern of leftist political systems around the world. The Alinsky rules still apply for them. O’Donnell will be right back to firebombing the Koch brothers as soon as the appreciation wears off.

  • gsfancier

    Where you are mistaken Glenn is that they do not actually belive that the Koch Brothers are evil, it I just a tool the use against us.

  • Ryan Nichols

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all that he did it for a personal reason.

  • Anonymous

    The devil is in the details….just sayin!

  • JonP

    Today he’s thankful some rich white guy donated a ton of money but tomorrow he’ll be crying how he’s not paying his fair share.

  • Shay

    I have posted on many different online threads, as a former Koch employee family, they were the absolute best to work for! The ones saying anything negative about them, obviously know nothing about all the positive things they do–for so many!

  • Malcolm Thomas

    This thread is funny. Folk can’t take a moment to appriciate the high minded nature of this mans comments, and Glenn’s appriciation of it. For some, it’s all political war, all the time. You are the ones, be it on the left or the right, that’s destroying this country.

  • L. Nat Bean
  • Sky

    why is it always someone else that makes this kind of money?? why are you not making this kind of money? I’m not so sure this is valid.

  • Jake

    That is a lot. Sadly I don’t have the body to take my clothes off in front of a web cam.

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