Trump Tweets Conspiracy Theory About Joe Scarborough, And Pushes Racist Birther Claims About Obama
President Donald Trump promoted a conspiracy theory about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, and pushed the racist claims about President Barack Obama not being born in the U.S.
Trump, who has been accused by 16 women of sexual assault, tweeted about Scarborough while commenting about Matt Laura losing his “Today” hosting job because of sexual assault allegations:
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
Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well. https://t.co/XJhW5ZHNfs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 29, 2017
Trump was referring to Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old woman who was found dead in Scarborough’s office in 2001 when he was a Florida Congressman.
At the time of Klausutis’ death, there were no signs of foul play or suicide, according to police.
The Tampa Bay Times noted that it reported in 2001: “Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berkland has said Klausutis, 28, of Niceville, lost consciousness because of an abnormal heart rhythm and fell, hitting her head on a desk. The head injury caused the death, Berkland said.”
The fact-checking website PolitiFact called out Trump lying about Scarborough.
In addition to lying about Scarborough, the president has reportedly been lying about former President Barack Obama.
The New York Times reports that “in recent months” Trump advisors “say, Mr. Trump has used closed-door conversations to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.”