On Monday, Donald Trump made a tweet that referred to the accidental death of an intern in former Rep. Joe Scarborough’s office. Trump’s tweet made it appear that Trump was saying that Scarborough had something to do with the intern’s death.
Trump and Scarborough have a long-standing feud. Trump has repeatedly taken shots at the “Morning Joe” host since he took office.
“‘Concast’ should open up a long-overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,” Trump tweeted, using his derogatory nickname for the Comcast company. Comcast owns MSNBC.
“I know him and Crazy Mika well used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is ‘nuts’. Besides, bad ratings! #OPENJOECOLDCASE,” he added.
This is not the first time that Trump has attacked Scarborough over the death of 28-year-old Lori Klausutis, who was an intern for Scarborough in Florida when he was a GOP congressman.
Klausutis died back in 2001 in Scarborough’s district office. The death was ruled an accident. The local medical examiner said Klausutis had collapsed and hit her head on the side of a desk. The 28-year-old had an undiagnosed heart condition the medical examiner’s report stated. Head trauma caused a fatal blood clot.
Scarborough did not remain silent about Trump’s tweet. He responded Monday morning and slammed Trump for dragging Klausutis’s family through the mud.
“You, once again, drag a family through this and make them relive it again, just like Seth Rich’s parents,” Scarborough said in reference to a former Democratic National Committee staffer killed in Washington, D.C., in July 2016.
Law enforcement officials stated that Rich was shot during a robbery, but conspiracy theorists from the far-right have suggested ulterior motives.
“As if losing a loved one the first time isn’t enough,” Scarborough added. “But this weekend, my God. You were supposed to have a working weekend. You got it wrong again.”
MSNBC issued a statement Monday afternoon in support of Scarborough.
“Attempts to intimidate and bully the free press, including through the bizarre peddling of fringe conspiracy theories, will not prevent Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski or any of MSNBC’s journalists or analysts from holding power to account. We’ll continue to accurately and thoroughly report on the White House’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic,” an MSNBC spokesperson wrote in an email.
This is the second time that Trump has brought up the incident without mentioning Klausutis by name.
In 2015 and 2016, Trump was a frequent guest on “Morning Joe,” but since taking office Scarborough and Trump have been locked in a bitter feud.