'Most Insecure Man In Public Life:' Muy Macho Scarborough Speaking Of Trump—Or Himself?

May 23rd, 2023 1:28 PM
Mika Brzezinski Joe Scarborough Willie Geist MSNBC Morning Joe 5-23-22 Turns out, Joe Scarborough was referring to Donald Trump when speaking on today's Morning Joe of "the most insecure man in public life."
The show kicked off today with Mika Brzezinski touting vigilant Trump litigant E. Jean Carroll attempting to add new cash demands every time Donald Trump calls her a "wack job" on television -- in this case, on the CNN town hall.
Scarborough took issue with how Trump twice described his lawyer in the Carroll matter addressing him as "sir." Scarborough claimed, and Willie Geist agreed, that Trump's supposed inclination to quote people calling him "sir" is proof of his "overwhelming insecurity."
Geist claimed "that was just an excuse to tell another 'sir story.'"
But when it comes to overwhelming insecurity on television, Joe could just have easily been talking about himself. After all, this is the guy who:
  • So often works into show segments the fact that he used to be in Congress that he's become a running joke.
  • Feels the need to hog airtime and talk over panelists.
  • Frequently mocks Republican senators for their Ivy League backgrounds, while calling himself, with false humility, a "simple country lawyer" who attended state schools in the South. 

And then there's Muy Macho Joe, who:

Oh, and just yesterday, Scarborough felt compelled to humble-brag that Putin had included him on a new list of Americans banned from entering Russia.

When it comes to being insecure, Joe: heal thyself before casting stones at Trump--to mix metaphors!
Joe Scarborough calling Donald Trump "the most insecure was sponsored in part by Abbvie, maker of Rinvoq, and Purple Mattresses.
Here's the transcript.
Morning Joe
6:02 am EDT

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: So, we'll jump right into it. Writer E. Jean Carroll is updating her original defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump in response to the comments he made about her during a recent town hall event. 

KAITLAN COLLINS [during CNN's Trump townhall]: You wish that you had testified? 

DONALD TRUMP: No, it wouldn't have made a difference. This was a rigged deal. This was -- my lawyer said, "Sir, you don't have to do it." I said, "I think I should. It would be respectful." They said, "Sir, don't do it. This is a fake story, and you don't want to give it credibility." That's why I didn't go. 

COLLINS: One thing you did do in this --

TRUMP: And I swear. And I've never done that. And I swear to you, I have no idea who the hell -- she's a whackjob. 

JOE SCARBOROUGH: You know, his insecurity is just -- we've talked about this before, Willie. His insecurity is just so overwhelming. He feels the need to say, "sir, sir, sir." 


SCARBOROUGH: Again, you talk about a tell, it's just the greatest tell. This is, like, the most insecure man in, in public life. 

GEIST: Yeah, this, Jon [Lemire] and I were just noting, the "sir story"--that was just an excuse to tell another "sir story." 

Which as you say, it's usually a tell that the thing he's about to say didn't happen. He just wants to show that someone gave him some respect.