Trump Revives Conspiracy Theory Suggesting Joe Scarborough Committed Murder, Demands Investigation

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President Donald Trump has for the second time in as many weeks attacked MSNBC commentator and former congressman Joe Scarborough, suggesting he committed murder and demanding an investigation.

“When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder?” the president wrote on Twitter. “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!”

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Trump referred to the death of 28-year-old Lori Klausutis, a former intern of Scarborough’s who was found dead in Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach office in Florida when he was a congressman. Her death was not considered suspicious, and medical examiners concluded she died from a head injury after a fall, passing out because of an undiagnosed heart condition.

Last week, Trump made headlines for reviving the conspiracy theory.

“‘Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,” the president said at the time. “I know him and Crazy Mika [Brzezinski] well, used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is “nuts”. Besides, bad ratings!”

Scarborough responded to the president’s attacks on the air during his show, “Morning Joe,” advising him to “take a rest.” He also criticized Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“You actually tweeted something extraordinarily cruel and I know you meant to be extraordinarily cruel to me by attacking me, by bringing up a conspiracy theory that has lived in the gutters of the Internet for some time now,” he said. “But just like the Seth Rich conspiracy murder that was pushed by your allies, you don’t understand the pain you cause — you cause the families who’ve already lost a loved one. Not me. Not my children. Not anybody that knows me. They know the truth. You once again drag a family through this and make them relive it again, just like Seth Rich’s parents, as if losing a loved one the first time isn’t enough. But this weekend, my God, you were supposed to have a working weekend. You got it wrong again.”

“You need to take a rest,” he continued. “You need to let Mike Pence actually run things for the next couple of weeks. Come back when you’re feeling a little better and when you can really actually focus on your job. You just can’t do that right now. Americans are dying every day because of it.”