On the set of “Morning Joe” Thursday, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski struck back at President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Scarborough was involved in an “unsolved mystery” from his days as a congressman from Florida — specifically the tragic 2001 death of one of his interns.
“The president was tweeting yesterday, among other things, the conspiracy theory about Joe being a murderer,” said Brzezinski, who then read a statement on Scarborough’s behalf because of his longstanding refusal to respond to Trump tweets.
“Today the president crossed another deeply disturbing line with his attack on Joe. The chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America advanced a false conspiracy theory to intimidate the press and cause a chilling effect on the First Amendment,” she said. “Joe and I are not intimidated. His bizarre behavior contravenes both the Constitution and basic moral judgment. This is all we’re going to say on the matter.”
Scarborough was responding to a POTUS tweet on Wednesday after NBC News’ firing of Matt Lauer because of accusations of sexual misconduct.
In the tweet, Trump called for the firing of MSNBC boss Phil Griffin and of Scarborough “based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago.”
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
Trump seemed to be alluding to the death of Lori Klausutis, an intern who died as a result of complications suffered after she fell and hit her head in Scarborough’s Florida district office.
Klausutis was later found to have an undiagnosed heart condition, according to local authorities. An investigation at the time found no evidence of foul play, and Scarborough was out of town at the time.
But that has not stopped some conspiracy theorists from speculating about Klausitis’ death, and insinuating about Scarborough’s involvement with no evidence.