MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch blames Trump for ESPN Robert Lee decision

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Frequent “Morning Joe” guest Donny Deutsch weighed in Thursday on a controversy involving an ESPN decision to pull Asian-American announcer Robert Lee from an upcoming University of Virginia football game, stating that from “the president on down” has caused what he calls “a country just on edge” and an “insane overreaction.” 

Lee was pulled from calling the Sept. 2 game in Charlottesville, Va., because the network felt his “assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social hectoring and trolling” because he has the same name as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, ESPN president John Skipper said in an internal memo obtained by CNN. 

“It does show you with what’s happening, starting obviously with the president on down, how the country is just on edge, to the point where you get this insane overreaction,” Deutsch, an advertising executive and brand manager, said on “Morning Joe.” 

Deutsch also said the president had sociopathic traits.

“I watched the speech the other night, we’ve been at this for two years now, and we all try as intellectuals to analyze and get our arms around it,” Deutsch said. “I happened to stumble across the symptoms and definition of a sociopath.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough jumped in and disagreed with Deutsch’s psychological assessment of Trump.

“Wait, wait, wait, no, no, no, no, Donny,” the former GOP congressman said. “Donny, no, come on.” 

Deutsch was referring to the president’s speech in Phoenix on Tuesday night where he repeatedly attacked the media while defending his comments on deadly violence that occurred in Charlottesville after white supremacists and neo-Nazis protested against the removal by the city of a statue of the Confederate general.


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