The White House is trying to blame Joe Scarborough for Donald Trump’s dissemination of conspiracy theories
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany attempted to make Joe Scarborough’s mistake that the president tweeted conspiracy theories about the “Morning Joe” host and former Republican congressman.
President Trump has repeatedly mentioned the death of Lori Klausutis in 2001, who worked for Scarborough at a conference in a Florida district office. The president said Klausutis had been murdered by Scarborough because he insinuated that they were having an affair.
The president’s tweets are so offensive to family members that Klausutis’ widower, Timothy, wrote a letter to Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey asking that he remove Trump’s tweets about his late wife from the site.
“I don’t know if he saw the letter, but I do know that our heart is with Lori’s family right now,” McEnany told the press on Tuesday.
But when asked about the President’s behavior, McEnany tried to reverse Scarborough’s controversy.
“In 2003, during Don Imus’ show, it was Don Imus and Joe Scarborough who joked about killing an intern, joking and laughing about it,” said McEnany. “That, I’m pretty sure it was pretty hurtful to Lori’s family and Joe Scarborough himself raised this with Don Imus and Joe Scarborough himself can answer it.”
The press secretary kept going back to this point, as journalists protested, with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asking why Trump did it and saying ‘this is pretty crazy.’ Karl tried to point it out Timothy Klausutis was upset by what Trump had tweeted, not by what Scarborough was doing.
White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, tried to finger Joe Scarborough when asked why President Trump tweeted a conspiracy theory that Scarborough killed congressional aid in 2001
Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was a former congressman, and in 2001 one of his associates was found dead in a Florida satellite office after falling. The employee, Lori Klausutis, had an undiagnosed heart problem
Timothy Klausutis (pictured), husband of the late Lori Klausutis, has asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove the tweets from President Trump claiming she was murdered by her boss Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’
“Please remove those tweets,” Timothy Klausutis begged in the letter to Dorsey. “My wife deserves better.”
But McEnany continued to focus on Scarborough and lashed out at him for making “false accusations.”
“This morning or yesterday, Mika has accused the President of being responsible for 100,000 deaths in this country,” said the press secretary, referring to Scarborough’s wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski. “That is incredibly irresponsible. They dragged his family through the mud. They should be held accountable for their lies. ‘
“Joe Scarborough should be held accountable for saying that people will die for taking hydroxychloroquine,” McEnany continued.
Scarborough, a former Republican, and Brzezinski, who is more politically liberal, were friends with Trump but argued and are among his most vocal critics. They were especially critical of the President’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which killed nearly 100,000 Americans. They also reprimanded Trump for promoting hydroxychloroquine, which is still an unproven drug for COVID-19.
Mika Brzezinski took to Twitter, saying that White House secretary Kayleigh McEnany lied about Joe Scarborough joking about a dead intern. The clip shows Don Imus making the joke, but it sounds like Scarborough laughed
Joe Scarborough (right), with his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski (left), served as a Republican in Congress, but has become a vocal critic of President Trump. In recent weeks, Trump has tweeted a conspiracy theory about Scarborough killing an assistant
Mika Brzezinski continued to call President Trump as she prompted him to remove the tweets about her husband Joe Scarborough’s congressman who died of a heart problem and a fall
On Tuesday afternoon, Brzezinski took to Twitter to reduce McEnany’s claim that Scarborough laughed at the death of an intern.
“The press secretary is lying. IMUS made the insensitive joke during a break in 2003 and then repeated it on the air. Joe was ashamed and said, “What are you going to do?” He tried to talk about the show further, “Brzezinski wrote. ‘No lies can cover up Donald Trump’s spitefulness, “she added.
An excerpt from back and forth shows that Imus made the joke, but it sounds like Scarborough laughed.
“Donald Trump has no decency and refuses to show a trace of humanity towards a grieving widower,” Brzezinski also tweeted. “No lie can distract the dreadfulness of his behavior. History will severely judge those who defend this cruelty and callousness. ‘
Twitter had already refused to remove Trump’s tweets on the topic.
“We are very sorry that this family and the attention they draw is causing the pain,” said the spokesman. “We have been working on expanding existing product features and policies so that we can address these issues more effectively in the future, and we hope to implement these changes soon.”
President Trump continued to tweet Tuesday about the death of Lori Klausutis, again suggesting that Joe Scarborough may have been behind her death
For weeks, President Trump has pushed a conspiracy theory on his Twitter account, suggesting that a congressman for Joe Scarborough, then a Republican congressman, died suspiciously.
These three tweets, two from President Trump and one from Donald Trump Jr., are referenced in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, written by Timothy Klausutis, the widower of Joe Scarborough employee who joined his office in 2001. Florida died.
Timothy Klausutis wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (pictured), but a Twitter spokesperson said on Tuesday that the site wouldn’t pull Trump’s tweets
The New York Times obtained a copy of the letter from Timothy Klausutis.
As Timothy Klausutis says in the letter, Lori Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head on her desk at work, where her body was found the next morning.
Lori Klausutis died in 2001 at the age of 28. She had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head at work
Lori Klausutis was 28 years old when she died in 2001 and was an executive in the Florida office of Rep. Scarborough, who resigned from Congress later that year.
Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have reiterated a conspiracy theory that Scarborough, now the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was responsible for her death.
He was in Washington at the time.
In a tweet on May 12, the president wrote, “When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough Florida issue. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so, ”Trump tweeted.
“Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Is not it clear? What happens now? A total crazy job! added the President.
In a tweet on May 4, Trump wrote, “Concast” should open a long-awaited Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough, “he said, referring to NBC’s parent company, Comcast.
“I know him and Crazy Mika used them well in the last election, dumped them nicely and stated on the record that he is ‘crazy’. In addition, bad reviews! The presidenet continued, referring to Scarborough’s co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski.
When MSNBC’s public relations tweeted that suspected Democratic nominee Joe Biden would come on “ Morning Joe ” to discuss the allegations of sexual assault against him by former Congresswoman Tara Reade, Donald Trump Jr. in, “What show will Joe do further to talk about Lori Klausutis? ‘
These are the specific tweets that Timothy Klausutis Dorsey asked to be removed from the platform.
“I have mourned my wife every day since her death. I have tried to honor her memory and our marriage. As her husband, I feel that one of my marital obligations is to protect her memory as I would have protected her in life, “he wrote in the letter.
Since the day she died, there has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories. I realize this may sound exaggerated, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. This has made it difficult for me to move forward with my life, ”he continued.
He said he didn’t want Lori’s niece and two cousins, who had never met their aunt before she died, to meet her like this.
On Saturday, President Trump also tweeted about Lori Klausutis’ death, suggesting it should be investigated
Donald Trump Jr. complained about Kara Swisher’s opinion piece for The New York Times agreeing with Timothy Klausutis that President Trump’s tweet about the death of his late wife should be removed from Twitter
“I am a research engineer and not a lawyer, but have read all of Twitter’s rules and terms of service. The president’s tweet suggesting that Lori was murdered without evidence (and unlike the official autopsy) – is a violation of Twitter’s community rules and terms of service, “he argued. “A regular user like me would be banned from the platform for such a tweet, but I’m just asking that these tweets be removed.”
“I am asking you to intervene in this case because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him – the memory of my late wife and distorted it for alleged political gain,” wrote Timothy Klausutis.
Brzezinski said last week that she also planned to have a conversation with Dorsey about the president’s tweets.
“Donald, you’re a sick person, you’re a sick person,” she said on “Morning Joe,” before drawing her attention to Twitter. “Twitter, you shouldn’t allow this, and you should delete these tweets and you should be ashamed, you will hear from me about this.”
Twitter is flying Trump’s tweets by claiming he is a public figure and writing news.
As of Tuesday morning, Trump’s tweets remained on the website – and he continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis’ death.
“The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not an original thought of Donald Trump, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” the President wrote Tuesday morning. In 2016, when Joe and his crazy future ex-wife, Mika, would endlessly interview me, would I always think if Joe could have done something so awful? Maybe or maybe not, but I think Joe is a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, much better than most. ‘
“So many unanswered and obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Will law enforcement eventually do that? added the President.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted to complain that the New York Times called for censorship from the president.
The NY Times is calling on Twitter to censor the President of the United States. If they can insist on that, who will they not try to censor? Trump Jr. wrote, president misspelled. “If they can insist, who aren’t they trying to censor the next one?”
“Given Silicon Valley’s leftist leanings, you all better watch out, they come for all of you,” he added.
Kara Swisher, the reporter who wrote the column that first referred to Klausutis’ letter, had argued that the company should intervene and play a greater, truth-telling role.
The company is usually hands-off when a controversy about Trump erupts, relying on a claim that he is a public figure and that it cannot figure out what is truth and a lie and is therefore better off getting his community to express it she wrote. “While that may work when it comes to some issues, it’s broken down here.”
Swisher said banning Trump from Twitter, as some have suggested, would be “ too drastic, ” and labeling the wrong information about the content wouldn’t stop the spread of the lie.
“I support Mr. Klausutis’ suggestion in his letter to simply remove the offensive tweets,” she wrote.
HERE THE LETTER IS THE WIDOWER OF JOE SCARBOROUGH’S STAFF, SENT TO TWITTER’S JACK DORSEY
Nearly 19 years ago, my wife, who had undiagnosed heart disease, fell and hit her head on her desk at work. She was found dead the following morning. Her name is Lori Kaye Klausutis and she was 28 years old when she died. Her death is the most painful thing I have experienced in my 52 years and continues to haunt her parents and sister.
Ever since her death, I have mourned my wife every day. I have tried to honor her memory and our marriage. As her husband, I feel that one of my marital obligations is to protect her memory as I would have protected her in life. There has been a constant barrage of untruths, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died. I realize this may sound exaggerated, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. Because of this I have struggled to move forward with my life.
The frequency, intensity, ugliness and exposure of these gruesome lies is increasing on the internet. These conspiracy theorists, including recently the President of the United States, continue to spread their bile and misinformation on your platform and discredit the memory of my wife and our marriage. President Trump tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers on Tuesday, citing the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. representative Joe Scarborough. The President’s son followed and attacked my wife more directly by tweeting to his followers as a means of spreading this vicious lie. I am sure you are aware of this situation as media all over the world handled it, but just in case, here it is:
When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough Florida issue. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so. Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Is not it clear? What happens now? A total crazy job! – President Trump
Concast should open a long-awaited Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough. I know him and Crazy Mika used them well in the last election, dumped them nicely, and will mention on the record that he is “crazy”. Besides, bad reviews! – President Trump
“What show is Joe going to go on to discuss Lori Klausutis?” – Donald Trump Jr.
My request is simple: remove these tweets.
I am a research engineer and not a lawyer, but have revised all of Twitter’s rules and terms of service. The president’s tweet suggesting that Lori was murdered without evidence (and in violation of the official autopsy) – is a violation of Twitter’s community rules and terms of service. A regular user like me would be banned from the platform for such a tweet, but I’m just asking that these tweets be removed.
I am now angry as well as frustrated and sad. I understand that Twitter’s content policy is designed to maintain the appearance that your hands are clean, provide you with the platform, and the rest is up to users. However, in some cases, Twitter has removed content and accounts that are not in accordance with your terms of service.
I am asking you to intervene in this case because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him – the memory of my late wife and distorted it for alleged political gain. I would also like to ask you to consider Lori’s niece and two cousins who will eventually encounter this filth in the future. They have never met their aunt and it pains me to think that they should ever “learn” about her this way.
My wife deserves better.
Thank you for your understanding.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Timothy J. Klausutis, Ph.D