Lawrence O'Donnell was so bowled over by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's staunch defense of a Muslim-American judge that he gave the Republican what he said was his show's first standing ovation.
Christie drew widespread attention for calling critics of Sohail Mohammed, a lawyer who he appointed to a judgeship in New Jersey, "crazy" and "ignorant" and saying he was tired of hearing "crap" about Sharia law spreading in the United States.
On his Thursday show, O'Donnell played extended clips of Christie's exchange with a reporter, and professed himself to be repeatedly flabbergasted that someone so often mentioned as a potential GOP presidential candidate would be so "reasonable" about Muslims. He said he could not believe that Christie would dare to get on the wrong side of anti-Muslim Republican primary voters. After the clip ended, he said it was worthy of the show's "first standing ovation," and he and his staff actually closed out the show by gathering together and applauding Christie.