Republican Senator and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is standing up to President Trump and his criticism of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough.
After Trump tweeted about Scarborough again on Wednesday morning, Romney chimed in.
“I know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine. I don’t know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusations but T.J.? His heart is breaking. Enough already,” Romney tweeted.
I know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine. I don't know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusations but T.J.? His heart is breaking. Enough already.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 27, 2020
Over the past several weeks, President Trump has brought up a cold case concerning Scarborough and Lori Klausutis, a staffer who worked in Scarborough’s office when he was a Republican congressman.
Trump has at least implied that Scarborough bears some responsibility in her 2001 death and has recommended people investigate it.
On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted about Scarborough and said the case had “unanswered and obvious questions.”
….about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
Again on Wednesday, Trump said details are resurfacing and Scarborough “knows what is happening!”
“Psycho Joe Scarborough is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out on the internet about opening a Cold Case. He knows what is happening!” the president tweeted.
Psycho Joe Scarborough is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out on the internet about opening a Cold Case. He knows what is happening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
Fox News reports: “Trump’s claims have upset lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Scarborough’s wife Mika Brzezinski (who last week demanded to speak with Twitter management over the president’s incessant, nasty tweets), and even Klausutis’s widower.”
“Her death was ruled an accident, and Scarborough was in Washington at the time,” the Hill reports.
Trump previously brought the conspiracy up in 2017, after the network fired Matt Lauer.
The Washington Post reports:
Following Lauer’s firing over what NBC News described as “inappropriate sexual behavior,” Trump wondered when executives at the network and its corporate owner, Comcast, would be terminated for “putting out so much Fake News.”
Then he wrote: “And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”
The president appeared to be referring to the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old aide who worked for Scarborough at the time, when he represented Florida’s 1st congressional district.