Donald Trump wants a murder investigation into one of his longstanding media foes, “Psycho Joe” Scarborough.
The president called for a second look at the “cold case” of an intern who died while working for Scarborough when he served in the House of Representatives, the Washington Examiner reported. Trump has a long-running feud with the anti-Trump MSNBC host and his co-host wife, Mika Brzezinski.
Trump wants “cold case” re-opened
Before his transformation into a tiresome anti-Trump news anchor, Scarborough was a Republican lawmaker from Florida. In 2001, a 28-year old intern named Lori Klausutis was found dead at Scarborough’s district office.
The death was ruled an accident, as the medical examiner said her head hit a desk after a cardiac episode. But Trump has alluded to the case before to suggest that Scarborough killed Klausustis. In a tweet that came out of left field on Monday, Trump said that Comcast — or ‘concast,’ as he called it — should look into the case, and he didn’t neglect to take a dig at Scarborough’s ratings.
“’Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “I know him and Crazy Mika well, used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is ‘nuts’. Besides, bad ratings! #OPENJOECOLDCASE,” Trump tweeted.
On his show, Scarborough slammed Trump for his “extraordinarily cruel” statement.
“You, once again, drag a family through this and make them relive it again, just like Seth Rich’s parents,” he said on Morning Joe. “As if losing a loved one the first time isn’t enough. But this weekend, my God, you were supposed to have a working weekend. You got it wrong again.”
Ongoing feud intensifies
Trump has a long-running feud with Joe and his wife, Mika Brzezinski, who are both fervent critics of the president. In June 2017, Trump was accused of being a sexist for tweeting that “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” he tweeted.
Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Trump has continued to attack hostile reporters and media personalities. “The American people are looking for answers and looking for hope, and you’re doing sensationalism, and the same with NBC and Concast. I don’t call it Comcast, I call it Concast,” Trump said while sparring with an NBC reporter in March, according to The Hill.
As the New York Post reports, Joe and Mika have been critics of Trump’s coronavirus response, and MSNBC shrieked that Trump’s efforts to “intimidate and bully the free press, including through the bizarre peddling of fringe conspiracy theories,” would not interfere with their coverage, the Examiner said.
Despite the rivalry, Mika played a prominent role in grilling Joe Biden, Trump’s likely competitor for the presidency, over allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Senate aide. The host pressed Biden to explain why he insisted in 2018 that Americans needed to give great credence to Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, but is now urging Americans not to believe Tara Reade.