Trump continues to fuel rumors that Joe Scarborough killed his 28-year-old aide in 2001

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President Donald Trump on Sunday repeated his conspiracy theory hinting that Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough is responsible for the death of Lori Klausutis who worked for him when he was in Congress.

‘A lot of interest in this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough. So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die?’ the president tweeted Sunday morning. 

His tweet was also accompanied with a link to a story from the pro-Trump site, True Pundit, titled: ‘FLASHBACK: Evidence Shows Foul Play Likely in Scarborough Aide’s Suspicious Death in His Congressional Office.’

Trump encouraged his followers to read the True Pundit story, adding: ‘I would think there is a lot more to this story than that? An affair? What about the so-called investigator?’ 

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President Donald Trump on Sunday repeated his conspiracy theory hinting that Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough is responsible for the death of Lori Klausutis who worked for him when he was in Congress

'A lot of interest in this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough. So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die?' the president tweeted Sunday morning

‘A lot of interest in this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough. So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die?’ the president tweeted Sunday morning

The True Pundit article claims that ‘the fainting story does not add up’. 

‘What is the likelihood that an apparently healthy woman, who ran marathons, would faint and hit her head on a desk in such a way that would cause death? It’s pretty unlikely, our research indicates,’ the author of the story wrote.   

Trump’s Sunday tweet marked the fifth time this month that the president has accused Scarborough of killing 28-year-old Klausutis.

Lori Klausutis (pictured) interned for Scarborough's congressional office in Florida. She died in 2001 at the office after falling and hitting her hea

Lori Klausutis (pictured) interned for Scarborough’s congressional office in Florida. She died in 2001 at the office after falling and hitting her hea

Klausutis interned for Scarborough at his congressional office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Before becoming a cable news host, Scarborough was a Republican House member who represented Florida’s 1st congressional district.

She died in 2001 at the office after falling and hitting her head. Doctors ruled her death an accident as a result of an undiagnosed heart arrhythmia.

But a conspiracy theory that she had been romantically involved with Scarborough and that her death was not an accident has swirled and been fanned repeatedly in recent weeks by Trump. 

Scarborough was not at the office at the time of Klausutis’ death and the The Washington Post gave the claim four Pinocchios, its worst rating.

 ‘A blow to her head? Body found under his desk? Left Congress suddenly?’ Trump tweeted on Saturday.

‘Big topic of discussion in Florida… and, he’s a Nut Job (with bad ratings). Keep digging, use forensic geniuses!’

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted: ‘Guys like low ratings psycho Joe Scarborough are allowed to walk the streets? Open cold case!’ 

Trump mentioned Scarborough in a comparison to his disgraced long term fixer Roger Stone.  

Trump's Sunday tweet marked the fifth time this month that the president has accused Scarborough of killing Klausutis. This tweet was shared by the president on Saturday

Trump’s Sunday tweet marked the fifth time this month that the president has accused Scarborough of killing Klausutis. This tweet was shared by the president on Saturday 

Trump's accusations led to Scarborough's wife, Mika Brzezinski, hitting out at him, calling the president 'sick,' and demanded that Twitter remove him

Trump’s accusations led to Scarborough’s wife, Mika Brzezinski, hitting out at him, calling the president ‘sick,’ and demanded that Twitter remove him

Last Tuesday – even though Trump often asserts that he doesn’t watch Morning Joe, or MSNBC in general – it took only 20 minutes from Scarborough attacking him for him to launched a Twitter assault against Scarborough, calling him a murderer. 

‘When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida,’ Trump questioned. ‘Did he get away with murder? Some people think so. Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!’

He had tweeted in similar terms a week earlier, prompting the broadcaster to suggest he needed to ‘take a rest’.

Trump’s tweets about Scarborough angered his wife and on-air co-host, Mika Brzezinski, who tore into the president on the air at the end of their show on Wednesday.

‘Donald, you’re a sick person,’ Brzezinski said. ‘You’re really a cruel, sick, disgusting person. And you can keep tweeting about Joe, but you’re just hurting other people, and of course you’re just hurting yourself.’

Brzezinski demanded that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey take action and remove Trump from the platform.

‘Twitter, you shouldn’t be allowing this, and you should be taking these tweets down, and you should be ashamed of yourself,’ she said. 

‘You’ll be hearing from me, on this, because this is BS.’ 

Trump compared Scarborough to his longtime friend and adviser, Roger Stone (right), who was convicted and sentenced to prison. Stone's appearance on the Fox Business Network last week prompted Trump to repeat the conspiracy theory about Scarborough

Trump compared Scarborough to his longtime friend and adviser, Roger Stone (right), who was convicted and sentenced to prison. Stone’s appearance on the Fox Business Network last week prompted Trump to repeat the conspiracy theory about Scarborough

 

Previous attack: Two weeks ago Trump tweeted 'ColdCaseJoe!' in response to an article detailing the MSNBC host's apology after he tweeted an altered video of Vice President Mike Pence and got into a Twitter spat with Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz

Previous attack: Two weeks ago Trump tweeted ‘ColdCaseJoe!’ in response to an article detailing the MSNBC host’s apology after he tweeted an altered video of Vice President Mike Pence and got into a Twitter spat with Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz

Brzezinski also hit out at Trump for repeating the conspiracy theory and reminding the Klausutis family of their loved one’s death.

‘To put this family through this, to put her husband through this, to do this just ’cause you’re mad at Joe, because Joe got you again today,’ Brzezinski said.

‘Because he speaks the truth, and he speaks plainly about your lack of interest, and empathy in others, and your lack of ability to handle this massive human catastrophe, the fact that you have made it worse and you make it worse every day.’  

After Wednesday’s MSNBC broadcast, Brzezinski revealed on Twitter that she and Dorsey would have a conversation. 

She tweeted that she was going to have a call with Dorsey and Twitter’s general counsel Sean Edgett. 

‘I will be reaching out to head of twitter about their policies being violated every day by President Trump,’ she wrote. In another, she wrote: ‘@twitter need to know why trump is not banned?’

She later tweeted that Dorsey and the company’s general counsel would be speaking to her. Dorsey has never previously engaged publicly with calls for Trump to be banned from the platform.  

Trump also spent his Sunday morning firing off several tweets about the coronavirus, mail in ballots and Former Rep Allen West

Trump also spent his Sunday morning firing off several tweets about the coronavirus, mail in ballots and Former Rep Allen West

Trump also claimed that this year's presidential election 'will be the Greatest Rigged election in history'

Trump also claimed that this year’s presidential election ‘will be the Greatest Rigged election in history’

Twitter’s treatment of Trump has become a lightning rod for criticism of the platform and a dilemma for Dorsey and its executives.   

A series of tweets which would appear to be in breach of policies against fake news, insults and harassment have been the subject of complaints.

But Twitter introduced a ‘public interest exemption’ which applies to political leaders and allows their tweets to go beyond its policies.

It has also introduced restrictions on misleadingly edited material, with a Trump tweet falling foul of it last month – to the fury of his supporters. 

Trump also spent his Sunday morning firing off several tweets about the coronavirus, mail in ballots and Former Rep Allen West, who suffered a concussion following a motorcycle crash in Texas. 

In one tweet, the president wrote about COVID-19, saying: ‘Cases, numbers and deaths are going down all over the Country!’

Trump also claimed that this year’s presidential election ‘will be the Greatest Rigged election in history’.



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