Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusation that MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough was involved in the tragic death of a young woman in his office in 2001, saying: “Just stop. Stop spreading it, stop creating paranoia. It will destroy us.”
Kinzinger, who is an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, defended Scarborough, who himself is a former Republican congressman from Florida, saying Trump’s accusation is “completely unfounded conspiracy.”
Kinzinger was responding to Trump, who tweeted Sunday, “A lot of interest in this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough. So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die? I would think there is a lot more to this story than that? An affair? What about the so-called investigator? Read story!”
Scarborough’s wife and co-host, Mika Brzezinski, added her voice to the controversy saying she will speak to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about getting the president banned from the platform. Brzezinski wrote, “@jack please take my call today. Please stop allowing your platform policies to be abused by the day. It’s called libel.”
The widower of Lori Klausutis, the young woman who died in 2001, Timothy Klausutis, wrote a letter to Jack Dorsey, also asking him to delete tweets by Trump spreading the debunked conspiracy theory.
Trump on Saturday went on his first golf outing since the White House declared a national emergency over the coronavirus in March, visiting his club in the Washington suburbs in a purposeful display of normalcy. Trump’s golf outing coincided with the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus passing 98,000 as it nears 100,000.
On a sunny spring day, Trump's motorcade took him from the White House to Trump National Golf Club, and he was spotted wearing a white cap and white polo shirt.
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It was his first time at a golf property since March 8, when he visited his club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
That was the same weekend when he met at his Mar-a-Lago retreat with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose press secretary later tested positive for the virus. Some White House staffers who had been in contact with the press aide went into quarantine afterward but none tested positive.