President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued his conspiracy joyride by explicitly suggesting on Twitter that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had committed murder.
“When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!”
Trump’s tweet came after watching a segment on the network’s “Morning Joe” talk show that featured a discussion of upcoming Senate testimony by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, as well as critical comments from Scarborough regarding the White House’s coronavirus response.
Trump tweet was apparently referring to the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, who worked as a staffer in Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach, Fla., office when he served as a Republican House lawmaker from the state’s 1st Congressional District.
Klausutis’ autopsy revealed she had an undiagnosed heart condition, and a coroner concluded she died after passing out and hitting her head in a fall, according to The Associated Press. She was not struck by another person, the coroner said, and Scarborough was in Washington at the time of her death.
Scarborough responded in real-time, urging the president to stop watching his program “for the sake of America.”
“For your sake, as I’ve been saying for years — Donald, for your sake, and for the sake of America, you need to stop watching our show, OK? It’s not good for you. I think that might be why you go out and, like — you’re distracted. You’re tweeting so much,” Scarborough said.
“Why don’t you turn off the television, and why don’t you start working, OK?” he continued. “You do your job, we’ll do ours, and America will be much better off for that. Just go. Turn off the TV, Donald.”
Prior to his attack on Scarborough, Trump had already tweeted eight times Tuesday morning — including another post invoking “ColdCaseJoe!” and messages denigrating House Speaker “Crazy Nancy” Pelosi, “Fake Journalists” and “Sleepy Eyes” Chuck Todd of NBC News. He also blasted comedian Bill Maher’s late-night HBO talk show: “Ratings way down, show sucks!”