You're MAD! Morning Joe Scarborough says president is profoundly 'unstable' after Trump tweeted anti-Muslim videos and conspiracy theory about staffer's death
- 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?
- Scarborough fired back Thursday that Trump is 'completely detached from reality' and repeating claims that the president has 'early stage dementia'
- He urged cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment, which provides for removal of a chief executive unable to carry out duties of office
'Morning Joe' Scarborough uncorked a lengthy attack on President Trump's mental fitness for office on Thursday after his wild anti-Muslim tweets started a diplomatic incident - and attacked the anchor personally.
The attack from the anchor came a day after Trump tweeted a conspiracy theory implying the MSNBC host murdered a female staffer who died in her office.
Three separate retweets of anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British nationalist on the same day created an international row between Trump and the British prime minister, Theresa May, who rebuked him for the posts.
He then doubled down tweeting again on Wednesday night that 'destructive radical Islamic terrorism' was taking place in the U.K. and saying: 'Theresa May, don't focus on me.'
'We are headed towards a nuclear showdown,' Scarborough said, pointing to the escalating confrontation with North Korea. 'And yet he's completely detached from reality.'
Scarborough implored Trump's cabinet members to invoke the Constitution's 25th Amendment, which allows for the removal from office of an unfit chief executive, calling him 'mentally unfit.'
Trump went after Scarborough online Wednesday in the wake of the firing of 'Today' show host Matt Lauer, asking about the 'unsolved mystery' in Florida – an apparent reference to a 28-year old staffer who worked for Scarborough when he was a member of Congress.
Scarborough tore into Trump after the president raised a conspiracy theory involving a 28-year old staffer who died while working for him in 2001 when he was in Congress
The British Prime Minister (right) slammed the president on Wednesday after he retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by the leader of the far right Britain First?
Donald Trump has fired back at Theresa May by saying she should concentrate on 'Radical Islamic Terrorism taking place in the UK' and not his Twitter activity.?Twitter users were also quick to point out that the president had tagged the wrong Theresa in his message
The medical examiner said she hit her head on her desk at his district office after having hear heart problems.
Scarborough's fiancee and co-host read a joint statement on the matter on air. 'Today the president crossed another deep and disturbing line with his attacks on Joe. The chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America advanced a false conspiracy theory to intimidate the press and cause a chilling effect on the First Amendment,' she said.?
'Joe and I are not intimidated. And his bizarre behavior contravenes both the Constitution and basic moral judgment.'
Scarborough spoke directly to Trump cabinet officials, who under the 25th amendment could vote to remove him.????
'If this is not what the 25th Amendment was drafted for ... I would like the Cabinet members, serving America, not the president, serving America. You serve America and you know it. You know you don't serve Donald J. Trump, scam developer, Trump University proprietor, reality TV show host. You don't represent him,' Scarborough said.
'You represent 325 million people whose lives are literally in your hands, and we are facing a showdown with a nuclear power and you have somebody inside the White House that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit. That people close to him say is mentally unfit. That people close to him during the campaign told me had early stages of dementia.'
In a long screed he told them: 'Now listen you can get mad at me if you want to.'?
'When are we supposed to say this?' Scarborough asked. 'After the first nuclear missile goes? Is that when it's proper to bring this up in polite society?'
'Tell me, Gen. Mattis, when is it polite to bring this up in polite society?'
Turning to Trump's secretary of state, who is reported to have called the president? 'moron' and may be on the way out soon, Scarborough said: 'Rex Tillerson, when is this the right time to talk about a mentally unstable president in the White House? and a nuclear showdown with another unstable madman in North Korea. Is it after the first nuclear missiles fly?'?
?'We are not fine in this country,' Scarborough said. 'We are headed towards a nuclear showdown.'
'When are we supposed to say this?' Scarborough asked. 'After the first nuclear missile goes? Is that when it's proper to bring this up in polite society?'
The first video President Trump posted depicted 'Muslim migrant' according to Jayda Fransen, beating up a 'Dutch boy on crutches.' Dutch authorities have told MailOnline the 'migrant' is a Dutch national
'We are closer to war on the Korean peninsula than most Americans know. We heard this months ago that we are going to have a ground war in Korea.??
Yet he said Trump was 'completely detached from reality.'
The New York Daily News wrote in an editorial that kicked off the discussion: 'Only those completely under his spell can deny what growing numbers of Americans have long suspected: The President of the United States is profoundly unstable. He is mad. He is by any honest layman's definition mentally unwell.'
MIGRANT VIDEO IS 'FAKE NEWS', DUTCH MEDIA CLAIM?
The video entitled 'Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!' has already been claimed to be fake news.
The clip was allegedly first posted on the Dutch website Dumpert in May before being removed following a request by police.
The incident was said to have taken place in Monnickendam, around ten miles north of Amsterdam.
But Dutch media the 16-year-old perpetrator, who was arrested, is said to be an 'ordinary Dutchman' – and not a migrant nor a Muslim.?
?Under the 25th Amendment, the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet (or another body determined by Congress) can write a letter to the House and Senate stating that the president is 'unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.'
When that happens, if Congress decides by a two-thirds vote of both houses that the president is unable to discharge his duties, the vice president would become 'acting president.' Otherwise, the president 'shall resume the powers and duties of his office.'?
Trump celebrated 'Today' show host Matt Lauer's firing from NBC by going after executives and stoking a feud with 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.
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.
Joe referenced Trump's attack with this tweet later in the morning
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."'
The far-right leader who berates Muslims on the street, has already been convicted of hate crime and is DELIGHTED Trump's retweeted her
- Jayda Fransen is awaiting trial on two separate charges of harassment?and abuse
- Donald Trump shared three videos on his personal account to his 44m followers
- The far-right leader is deputy of Britain First - a far-right, anti-immigration party
- She was fined nearly ￡2,000 for religiously aggravated harassment of a woman
Deputy leader of Britain First, Jayda Fransen arrives at Luton Magistrates Court last year
Donald Trump today shared three videos posted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First in another anti-Muslim tirade.??
Jayda Fransen, whose Twitter feed is littered with videos and pictures condemning Islam, is sitting on a charge of using threatening and abusive language at a rally in Belfast.
She is also expected to appear on religiously aggravated harassment charges next month.?
Fransen is renowned for peddling her party's anti-Muslim agenda, and she was clearly delighted Trump decided to share her views.
Using capital letters, and talking about herself in the third person, she tweeted: 'The President of the United States Donald Trump has retweeted three of deputy leader Jayda Fransen's Twitter videos.
'Donald Trump himself has retweeted these videos and has around 44million followers.? God bless you, Trump. God bless America. OCS.'
OCS is an acronym used by the party which stands for Onwards Christian Soldiers.??
Britain First Leader Paul Golding and others including Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen during far-right demonstration in London in April
Fransen, formerly of the English Defence League, regularly marches through cities and towns in the UK holding Christian crosses aloft, which provokes angry reactions from Muslim members of the community.?
During one of Britain First's so-called Christian Patrols in Luton back in November 2016, Fransen was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment after she harassed a Muslim mother-of-four because she was wearing a hijab.
She was fined almost ￡2,000 as the court heard she told a mother-of-four?that Muslim men force women to cover up to avoid being raped 'because they cannot control their sexual urges', adding 'that's why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent'.
Jayda Fransen was born in London in 1986 and claims to have practised and studied law for many years before founding a recruitment consultancy
Fransen denied all charges, accusing the courts of being 'absurd', and engaging in 'a really clear display of Islamic appeasement'.?
'The reason I said them was because from everything I have studied, I understand them to be true,' Fransen said in her defence.?
She is deputy to Paul Golding, who was spared jail earlier this month after being found guilty of assault.?
He is also?facing three charges of religiously aggravated harassment in relation to the trial of a gang of men who raped a teenager above a Ramsgate takeaway.
Golding is set for a three day trial next month, alongside Fransen.?
Jayda Fransen was born in London in 1986 and claims to have practised and studied law for many years before founding a recruitment consultancy.
In 2014, she was elected deputy leader of Britain First and two years later she took temporary control over the party when Golding was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for breaching a court order banning him from entering a mosque or encouraging others to do so in England and Wales.?
The party's mission statement is issued on its website, and it reads: 'Britain First is a patriotic political party and street movement that opposes and fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people.
Britain First's?Paul Golding and Jayda Fransenin pose up next to a sign for Schengen
'Our policies are pro-British, our approach is no-nonsense and our principles are not open to compromise.
'We love our people, our nation, our heritage and culture and will defend them at all times and no matter what odds we face.
'The Britain First movement is not just a normal political group, we are a patriotic resistance and 'frontline' for our long suffering people.'
Fransen, 31, from Penge, south east London, is facing the court action in Northern Ireland over a speech she made at an anti-terrorism demonstration in the city on August 6.
She was arrested by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers on Saturday in Bromley, south east London and taken to Belfast for questioning.
She has been bailed to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on December 14.
Describing her arrest, she said: 'I was escorted in a police van with four officers up to Liverpool to catch a ferry. Bearing in mind, I was arrested at quarter to four, our ferry was 10.30 at night and it arrived here in Belfast at 6.30 this morning so it's been quite a jaunt.'
She said police questioned her for around three to four hours, accusing her of being 'anti-Islamic', and released her after she was charged.
'This all relates to a speech that I gave at an event over here where I was invited as a guest speaker, the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism on the 6 August,' she added.
Britain First leader Paul Golding broke the news to his supporters in a Twitter video on Saturday.
He said: 'A large group of plain clothes police detectives from Belfast of all places jumped out of nowhere and have arrested Jayda.
'What have they arrested her for? Both of us addressed, made a speech, at a public demonstration outside Belfast City Hall all the way back in August.
'The detective I spoke to told me she is being flown to Belfast tonight to be interrogated.
'It's absolutely ridiculous - this is non-stop with me and Jayda, non-bloody stop.'
He said his colleague had been arrested for 'no bloody reason'.
Ms Fransen and Mr Golding were in Belfast on August 6 for a demonstration by around 50 people calling themselves Northern Ireland Against Terrorism, which took place on the same day as a republican march organised by the Anti-Internment League to mark the use of detention without trial by the British Army during the height of the Troubles in 1971.
Trump shared three videos posted by Fransen.?
The first was a clip supposedly showing a Muslim migrant beating up a Dutch boy on crutches.?
Seconds later, retweeted a video showing what she claims to be a Muslim man destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.?
And the third video posted in quick succession to his 43.6million followers was by far the most disturbing - a video showing an alleged Islamic group throwing a teenager off a roof before beating him to death.
Trump then posted his own tweets, first accusing CNN of fake news, then congratulating his own policies and their impact on the stock market.?
The issue was raised in the House of Commons this afternoon by Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Yvette Cooper MP.?
Talking to the Speaker of the House John Bercow, she said: 'I understand the woman in question has already been convicted of hate crime in thsi coutnry.?
'And on that basis, given the significance and the seriousness of having the President of the United States of America giving her such a huge platform, does he not think it would be approptiate for us to hear some word of condemnation from the Home Secretary or the Foreign Secretary?'
There was no response from the Cabinet.
Labour MP for Tottenham also weighed in on the debate, saying:?'Let that sink in.?
'The President of the United States is promoting a fascist, racist, extremist hate group whose leaders have been arrested and convicted.?
'He is no ally or friend of ours. Donald Trump, you are not welcome in my country and my city.'
He also raised the issue that Thomas Mair shouted 'Britain First' before murdering his colleague Jo Cox on the eve of the Brexit vote.?
'Do not forget that the man who murdered Jo Cox shouted 'Britain First',' he said.?
'Trump has gone beyond the pale today.'
Mrs Cox's widower Brendan Cox said: 'Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he's trying to do it in ours.?
'Spreading hatred has consequences and the President should be ashamed of himself.'?
'That's why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent': Jayda Fransen's vile abuse hurled at a hijab-wearing mother in front of her four children?
Jayda Fransen the deputy leader of Britain First an extremist political party
The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment after hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab in front of her four young children.
Jayda Fransen, 30, was fined nearly ￡2,000 at Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates' Court for wearing a political uniform and shouting at Sumayyah Sharpe during a so-called Christian Patrol of Bury Park in Luton on Saturday January 23, 2016.
Fransen admitted telling Ms Sharpe that Muslim men force women to cover up to avoid being raped 'because they cannot control their sexual urges', adding 'that's why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent'.
But she denied the words were intended to be offensive.
'The reason I said them was because from everything I have studied, I understand them to be true,' Fransen said in her defence.
District Judge Carolyn Mellanby said she believed the group had gone to the area 'looking for trouble' - but said Ms Sharpe had been mistaken as an 'easy target'.
'I have no doubt the words used towards her (Ms Sharpe), in her expression, represented everything against her and what she believes in,' she said.
'In other words, offensive, insulting, abusive and, in my judgment, intended to cause offence and alarm and distress to her religion.'
Around 20 Britain First members took part in the 'patrol' of Bury Park, distributing branded newspapers which had a front page reading 'World War Three has begun - Islam against the world', the court heard.
Ms Sharpe, who was shopping with her four young children at the time, refused a newspaper from the group.
Giving evidence, she said it was at this point that Fransen, from South Norwood, south London, crossed the road and confronted her.
The incident was captured on camera by members of Britain First.
Ms Sharpe told the court: 'She came across, shouting at me, saying 'Why are you covered?', and she said that quite a few times. I told her it was my choice that I cover.
'I then turned to the camera and I said, 'Film me, I'm British, I'm a British Muslim. It's my choice to wear this clothing and it's my right'.'
She added: 'I called her a slapper, I admit, and I told her to piss off because I was so angry at that point that she had done that in front of my children.'
In video footage shown to court, Fransen was seen brandishing a white cross as she told Ms Sharpe that Muslim men made women cover themselves so that they were not raped.
Following the incident, Ms Sharpe said she had to go home and explain the meaning of the word rape to her young children.
She also told the court her four-year-old son was now scared to leave the house in case they ran into the group.
District Judge Mellanby described Fransen's behaviour as 'shocking' and commended Ms Sharpe for the 'eloquent' account of events she had provided to the court.
Footage of the incident with Ms Sharpe was edited and included in a video which was posted on the party's YouTube channel.
District Judge Mellanby said she was aware that as a result, Ms Sharpe had been branded a 'terrorist' on some websites.
Fransen, who was elected deputy leader of Britain First in autumn 2014, was also found guilty of wearing a political uniform in a public place.
The deputy leader was dressed in a green coat with a Britain First lapel and black beanie hat bearing the party's emblem during the patrol, which District Judge Mellanby ruled was 'similar attire' to the rest of the group and signified her association to the party.
Paul Golding (right) and Jayda Fransen (left), leaders of the far-right organisation Britain First talk during a march in central London on April 1, 2017
Fransen was fined ￡1,000 for the religiously aggravated harassment and ￡200 for wearing a political uniform.
She was also ordered to pay ￡620 in costs - as well as a ￡100 surcharge - and issued with a two-year restraining order to prevent her from contacting Ms Sharpe or engaging in intimidating behaviour towards her.
A further charge of failure to surrender to police bail was withdrawn by the prosecution.
Following the hearing, a Britain First supporter was arrested on suspicion of common assault after an alleged altercation with a journalist.
Fransen, who is described by Britain First as a 'devout Christian', condemned the court's verdict in a video posted to the group's Facebook page.
She said: 'It was just absolutely absurd in the court. It was just a really clear display of Islamic appeasement. That's all that we've just seen.'
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