If ever there were a TV personality who shouldn’t accuse others of being insecure about their masculinity and worried about appearing impotent, it’s Donny Deutsch. Deutsch, the guy who wangled a “Muscle and Fitness” magazine article about himself cringingly entitled “Donny Deutsch Gets Jacked,” featuring pics of him [see below if you dare] in a boxer’s pose and lifting weights, and including this disturbing factoid [emphasis added]:
In the ’90s when he ran the day-to-day business affairs at Deutsch Inc., the boss was known to rip off his shirt and bust out pushups during meetings to shake up a stale room.
And to this day, Donny continues to turn up in tight, bicep-revealing clothes for his TV gigs. Thus, on today’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski expressed relief that Donny was wearing clothes, with Joe adding, “at least he’s covering his arms.”
But his own psychological issues notwithstanding, Donny decided today to accuse President Trump of being “insecure about his masculinity” and afraid of “seeming impotent.” Deutsch went armchair-Freud in an attempt to explain why the president, in contrast with Chris Christie, didn’t have a big change of heart about coronavirus, wearing masks, etc., after contracting the disease.
Deutsch tried to have it both ways: admitting that his comments were a “worthless bit of psychoanalysis,” but offering them nonetheless. Instead of casting rhetorical dumbbells at others, perhaps Donny should do some soul searching about why, as a 62-year old, he still so publicly tries to manifest his manliness.
Here’s the transcript.
7:25 am EDT
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Chris Christie says he was wrong for not wearing a mask at the White House after spending seven days in intensive care, battling Coronavirus at a New Jersey medical center.
In a statement to NBC News, Christie wrote in part, I believed that when I entered the White House grounds that I had entered a safe zone due to the testing that I and many others underwent every day. I was wrong. I was wrong to not wear a mask at the Amy coney Barrett announcement. And I was wrong not to wear a mask at my multiple debate prep sessions with the president and the rest of the team.
DONNY DEUTSCH: Listening to the Christie statement, I couldn’t help but think had Trump — when he got it, I was concerned obviously. You don’t want anybody to get it, but it was a reset for his campaign. And that he’d come out with something similar to that.
You go — you would have went [sic], hmm, kind of a smart thing to do. There’s a human in there and this is a reset where he goes, you know what? I so wanted the country to move forward that maybe I had a little blinders on. But, you know, you should wear a mask.
It was an opportunity, but he can’t take it. For Donald Trump, at the end of the day he’s so insecure, and he’s insecure about his masculinity, and there is this machismo attached to not wearing, as opposed to just stupidity and weakness. And everything about Donald Trump is puffing his chest out and being a man. And to him, wearing a mask was impotent. And that’s his biggest fear, seeming impotent. And that’s the kind of cheap psychological observation of why a guy like this would make such a moronic decision.