President Donald Trump is continuing to run with the ludicrous, unhinged idea that current MSNBC host and former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough is guilty of murder. There’s no evidence for this claim — at all — but he re-upped the idea during an interview that aired on Fox Radio this Wednesday. The president’s lunatic conspiracy theory suggests that Scarborough murdered a staffer in his Congressional office named Lori Klausutis, who, in reality, had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell, fatally hitting her head, while working at Scarborough’s then-Florida office while the then-Congressman was in D.C. Timothy Klausutis, Lori’s widower, has pleaded with Twitter to remove the president’s conspiracy theories, but they’ve refused. Timothy has noted that the president is using Lori’s memory “for perceived political gain.”
"Maybe you look at it," Trump says of the Lori Klausutis death in 2001. "We don't have to waste time on it."
"But I've always felt that he got away with murder," he says of Joe Scarborough, on Fox News Radio. "That was my feeling, a very strong feeling, and I do feel it."
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 3, 2020
This Wednesday, Trump stated, referring to Scarborough:
‘I’ve always felt that he got away with murder. That was my feeling, a very strong feeling, and I do feel it… I’ve always felt that about Scarborough.’
Trump again floats baseless conspiracy theory about Joe Scarborough, says on Fox radio: “I always felt that he got away with murder.” He says he feels “strongly” about that
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 3, 2020
Besides the fact that it’s unclear if the president grasps the fact that his “feelings” have little bearing on whether or not his unhinged murder allegation is tangibly true, it’s difficult to overstate the president’s overall complete disconnection from reality on this topic. There is no evidence supporting the idea that Scarborough murdered Lori Klausutis — none. Trump seems to be imagining that there is some kind of decades-long conspiracy theory to protect a murderer, and his best so-called evidence for this claim is his “strong feeling” about the subject.
It's not that President Trump is using the Scarborough and Twitter stuff to distract from the deaths of 100,000 Americans from coronovirus, he just cares about those grievances more than he does the dead.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 28, 2020
While Trump occupies himself with this lunacy, the United States continues to struggle. Compounding the pain of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has killed well over 100,000 Americans including over 1,000 (by one count) whose deaths were reported on Tuesday alone, the U.S. has also recently faced head-on the problem of racist police brutality. Protests have erupted in many major cities around the U.S. after Minneapolis police officers murdered a black man named George Floyd. Trump’s best idea of a response is tweeting nonsense.
Stop racism and white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/9b17LjWkcK
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) June 3, 2020