Lawrence O’Donnell sure isn’t shying away from the quirky side of politics on The Last Word. A week after inviting Alvin Greene on his show for a bizarre interview, he brought in the newest viral candidate sensation, New York gubernatorial hopeful Jimmy McMillan of The Rent Is Too Damn High Party. They discussed how McMillan managed to cobble together an official candidacy, and, yes – how the rent is too damn high.
O’Donnell seemed to admire McMillan’s adherence to his catchphrase during the gubernatorial debate, and last night’s segment was no different – McMillan didn’t quite say “The rent is too damn high” as often as Greene said “Jim DeMint caused the recession,” but he made his point. He also detailed how he “used [his] charm” and “snuck through the back door” to become a part of the race, taking advantage of events like block parties to obtain the required 15,000 signatures to get on the ballot.
Of course, McMillan won’t win (O’Donnell tried to let him down easy when he expressed optimism he’ll be elected next month). Also, we find his assertion from the debate that lowering rent will lead to a “$6 trillion surplus” to be just a tad overly optimistic. But as you’ll see in the clip below, it’s tough to deny the magnetism of his personality.
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