Trump dances on Matt Lauer's grave and attacks Joe Scarborough over death of a female staffer when he was in Congress
- President Trump went after several NBC figures after the firing of Matt Lauer
- He asked when NBC would 'terminate' MSNBC host Joe Scarborough
- Then he brought up an 'unsolved mystery' from Florida
- A staffer in one of Scarborough's district offices died at her desk in 2001, when he was in Congress, and medical examiner found it was a natural death
- Trump also asked when the 'Fake News' network would get rid of MSNBC president Phil Griffin
- He also tweeted: 'Check out Andy Lack's past!' in reference to the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC
- NBCNews.com did not cover the president's mention of their senior executives but quoted much of what he said about Lauer's firing
President Donald Trump celebrated 'Today' show host Matt Lauer's firing from NBC by going after executives and stoking a feud with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough – even dredging up a conspiracy theory about the death of a former Scarborough staffer.
Trump tweeted twice Wednesday about Lauer's firing for alleged sexual misconduct – and immediately went after Scarborough, the former Florida congressman who has gone after Trump and changed his party registration.
'So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of [president] Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the "unsolved mystery" that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!' Trump wrote.
The president's mention of the 'unsolved mystery' was presumably an effort to dredge up a conspiracy theory from 2001 about a 28-year-old staffer who was found dead in one of Scarborough's district offices when he was a Florida congressman.
President Donald Trump went after executives and stoked a feud with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough after 'Today' show Matt Lauer's firing
The president brought up an 'unsolved mystery,' a reference to the death of a Scarborough staffer in 2001
Earlier, right after the Lauer news broke, the President tweeted this about 'fake news' and NBC News Chairman Andy Lack
The staffer, Lori Klausutis, died after a having a heart arrhythmia and hitting her head on her desk, according to a medical examiner's report.
Nevertheless, the story drew online conspiracy theories that Klausutis had been killed in some kind of a cover up.?
Scarborough himself has reacted angrily when the conspiracy theory has popped up on several occasions, blasting the 'libelous charge' when a Vanity Fair journalist brought it up.
In his crosshairs: Trump used Matt Lauer's firing to re-open his long-running feud with Joe Scarborough and ?Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of Morning Joe
Joe referenced Trump's attack with this tweet later in the morning
Targeted by Trump: NBC News chairman Andy Lack (left, with Megyn Kelly) and MSNBC president Phil Griffin (right, with Stephanie Ruhle) were mentioned in tweets by the president. References to them were not carried in NBCNews.com's account of Lauer's firing
Scarborough wrote: (1) Lori worked in my annex office in Okaloosa County, Florida. (2) I met her no more than three times; I was never alone with her. (3) I didn’t leave Congress because of her death; I announced my retirement from Congress in May 2001-she passed away several months later.'
Left-wing blogger Markos Moulitsas was banned from MSNBC after he brought up the conspiracy theory online.
Scarborough went after him online, writing: '@markos Unbelievable. You have a long history of spreading lies suggesting I am a murderer. This is the 3rd or 4th time by my count,' Gawker reported.?
Scarborough had announced his decision to retire from Congress after three terms that year.?
He then went on to become an on-air host of 'Morning Joe,' where he interviewed Trump multiple times, visited Mar-a-Lago, and then had a highly public feud where Trump attacked Scarborough and his co-host turned fiancee Mika Brzezinski.?
It is unclear what the reference to Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, was about, but Trump has long held a grudge against the network, which has been openly critical of him.?
Trump also tried to throw mud at Andy Lack, the chairman of NBC and MSNBC.
'Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!' Trump wrote, without providing further explanation.?
Much of the president's tweet was included in of Lauer but not the reference to their two executives.
The website said: 'Early Wednesday, President Donald Trump noted Lauer's firing on Twitter, writing, "Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for 'inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.' But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News."'
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