Donald Trump typically traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination—however his newest accusation in opposition to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him. Mr. Trump has been tweeting the suggestion that Mr. Scarborough might need had one thing to do with the loss of life in 2001 of a younger girl who labored in his Florida workplace when Mr. Scarborough was a GOP Congressman.
“Numerous curiosity on this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough. So a younger marathon runner simply occurred to faint in his workplace, hit her head on his desk, & die? I might assume there’s much more to this story than that? An affair? What concerning the so-called investigator? Learn story!” Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday whereas retweeting a doubtful account of the case.
He saved it going Tuesday with new tweets: “The opening of a Chilly Case in opposition to Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump authentic thought, this has been occurring for years, lengthy earlier than I joined the refrain. . . . So many unanswered & apparent questions, however I gained’t carry them up now! Regulation enforcement ultimately will?” Nasty stuff, and from the Oval Workplace to greater than 80 million Twitter followers.
There’s no proof of foul play, or an affair with the lady, and the native coroner dominated that the lady fainted from an undiagnosed coronary heart situation and died of head trauma. Some on the internet are positing a conspiracy as a result of the coroner had left a earlier job below a cloud, however the mother and father and husband of the younger girl accepted the coroner’s findings and wish the case to remain closed.
Mr. Trump all the time hits again at critics, and Mr. Scarborough has referred to as the President mentally sick, amongst different issues. However suggesting that the talk-show host is implicated within the girl’s loss of life isn’t political hardball. It’s a smear. Mr. Trump rightly denounces the lies unfold about him within the Steele file, but right here he’s trafficking in the identical type of trash.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, had it proper when he tweeted on the weekend: “Utterly unfounded conspiracy. Simply cease. Cease spreading it, cease creating paranoia. It would destroy us.”
We don’t write this with any expectation that Mr. Trump will cease. Maybe he even thinks this helps him politically, although we are able to’t think about how. However Mr. Trump is debasing his workplace, and he’s hurting the nation in doing so.