Katy Tur suggests Trump needs a therapist, like his transgender father

As part of a media tour selling her new personal memoir Rough Draft (following her Trump campaign memoir a few years ago), MSNBC host Katy Tur appeared on Monday Fresh air currently on NPR. Tur talked about growing up with an abusive journalist father, Bob Tur, who now identifies as Zoey Tur. She compared him to Donald Trump as pompous, unstable and scary, and suggested they could see the same therapist.

DAVE DAVIES: It’s interesting that when I read in your new book about your relationship with your father, I wondered if in any way dealing with that experience had helped you prepare to face Donald Trump.

KATY TUR: It definitely is. And, you know, my dad and Donald Trump have similar personality types. I’m not saying they are the same person. I’m not saying they have the same thoughts or stand for the same things, not at all. But personality types – and it’s explosive and magnetic and funny and volatile and sometimes scary and angry, all rolled into one.

And so when Donald Trump came at me viciously or friendly, jokingly (ph), I just knew how to parry that blow. I knew how to do it. I knew how to stand up to him. I knew how to talk to him. And that’s because I grew up talking to a similar personality type. It’s not the same person. I write very clearly in the book that they are not the same person. But if they asked, I would recommend the same therapist.

Before breaking out at NBC, Tur dated Keith Olbermann when he was an MSNBC star. Davies said he was unaware.

TUR: I’m actually glad to hear that you didn’t even know that. It means that there was a certain distance. But when I started, I was much younger than Keith. And Keith was an enemy of the New York Post and Fox News. So they tried to dig up everything they could about him to discredit him or hurt him. And at the time, I was a pretty easy target. And so they dug up stuff on me. And they found, you know, a picture of me dancing in college and posted it… And the implication was that I’m a bimbo…

And that tag stuck with me for a while, that bimbo tag and the whispers of, oh, she only got that job for that reason or that reason. Keith gave her this, and that’s why she’s here, that’s why she knows people – never, wait; hold. Like, she does the job, and (laughs) she does a decent job at work. It took me many years to get rid of it. And even today, when you want to discredit me, you will bring up Keith. Like, my Twitter is full of people saying I slept all the way to the top, etc.

She joked that it wasn’t like Olbermann was “amicably” quitting networks like MSNBC.

In the end, Tur lamented that people were too partisan in their news tastes. “And obviously some corners are worse than others. And I think we do excellent unbiased journalism during my network’s daytime hours. But I also fear that viewers are ready to expect something.”

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