Trump Suggests Joe Scarborough Murdered His Intern In Florida

President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet this morning that frequent critic Joe Scarborough, the host of the MSNBC's Morning Joe, killed his intern in 2001.

When Scarborough was a Republican congressman for Florida, his intern, Lori Klausutis, was found dead in his Florida district office. There is no proof that Scarborough had anything to do with it.

Klausutis, 28, was found behind a desk by two people visiting the congressman’s district office in July of 2001. An autopsy report found that she had been feeling unwell, and heart problems caused her to fall on her desk and hit her head. The medical examiner did not find signs of foul play. Scarborough announced his resignation months prior to her death, just five months into his fourth term, saying he wanted to spend more time with his children.

11_29_JoeScarborough MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski arrive for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

When a guest, Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos, mentioned the scandal on air in 2011, he was banned from appearing on MSNBC again.

Trump’s accusatory tweet was in response to the announcement this morning that NBC had fired longtime host of NBC's Today, Matt Lauer, for inappropriate sexual conduct following a Monday-night complaint. Trump has been a vocal critic of many famous men accused of sexual harassment, like Lauer and Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), but has been strangely supportive of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite the many allegations he faces.  

Scarborough has been the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe since 2007. Although a Republican, he has often butted heads with the current Republican president. He penned an op-ed for The Washington Post during the campaign calling for his party to dump Trump, and President Trump has frequently retaliated since then. He's called Scarborough "Psycho Joe," and has insulted his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, as well. 

It's not the first time Trump has drawn attention to a conspiracy theory via social media or participated in creating one. His latest, according to The New York Times, is his suggestion to advisers that the Access Hollywood tapes in which he made vulgar sexual comments about women were fake. He famously asked for President Barack Obama to present his birth certificate and prove he was American-born, but backtracked on that claim in 2016. Lately, according to the Times, Trump has been telling advisers he thinks Obama's birth certificate is a fake. 

Just before his Scarborough tweet, Trump retweeted several violent videos on Wednesday morning from a sketchy account known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric. One was titled “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!”

The White House has not responded to a request for comment regarding President Trump's accusations of Scarborough. 

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