Trump implies that Joe Scarborough murdered his intern
While throwing a Twitter tantrum over NBC’s perceived mistreatment of him, President Trump involved an unfounded conspiracy theory that has dogged MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough since his days as a GOP congressman in Florida. In 2001, a 28-year-old intern named Lori Klausutis was found dead in the former congressman’s office from a head injury related to a fall.
“So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago?” Trump tweeted. “Investigate!”
Here’s the thing, it’s not an “unsolved mystery.” According to the Tampa Bay Times, the medical examiner concluded that Klausutis’s heart problems caused her to lose consciousness and hit her head on a desk while falling. Police determined that neither foul play nor suicide were the cause of the young woman’s death. It was simply a freak accident.
The “Morning Joe” host appears to be taking the president’s murder accusation in stride.
Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well. https://t.co/XJhW5ZHNfs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 29, 2017
Just another Wednesday morning in Trump’s America.
UPDATE: Scarborough’s “Morning Joe” co-host and fiancé Mike Brzezinski offered a less amused statement to New York Magazine:
I’ll speak for Joe and myself here because Joe has stated that responding to President Trump’s tweets are a waste of time. Today the president crossed another deeply disturbing line. With his attack on Joe this morning, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America advanced a false conspiracy theory to intimidate the press and cause a chilling effect on the 1st Amendment. Joe and I are not intimidated and his bizarre behavior contravenes both the Constitution and basic moral judgment. This is all we are going to be saying on the matter. We continue to focus on more pressing issues like the nuclear conflict with North Korea. We hope the president will do the same.