Let’s start with President Donald Trump’s tweet about Joe Scarborough, the co-host of “Morning Joe”, who – with his fiance and co-host Mika Brzezinski (facilitated by two broken marriages) have bashed Mr. Trump daily for months and month:
Now let’s consider Scarborough’s reaction, as pulled from Mark Finkelstein’s article at finkelblogger.com:
Saying that “people close to him during the campaign told me had early stages of dementia,” Joe Scarborough has made an impassioned plea for the removal of President Trump from office.
On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough also cited a New York Daily News editorial calling Trump a “madman.” Scarborough, noting the imminent risk of war with North Korea, called out General Mattis, Rex Tillerson, Steven Mnuchin and Mike Pence by name. Scarborough called on them to remove Trump, claiming that the current situation is what the 25th amendment was drafted for.
OK, we get it. These two do not like each other very much.
But what is Trump talking about? What is that “unsolved mystery”?
The answer is that it concerns a young woman named Lori Klausutis who was a staff member for Mr. Scarborough when he was a Republican/conservative congressperson from Florida (how times have changed!!)
In July of 2001, Ms. Klausutis was found dead in Scarborough’s district office. Just two months later, Scarborough suddenly resigned from congress , claiming he wanted to spend more time with his children – a strange claim, given that he had just won a fourth term to congress. Was Scarborough unaware that he had children when he ran his fourth campaign?
Further, the circumstances of Ms. Klausutis’ death are highly suspect. For an excellent explanation of why (despite its obvious anti-Republican lean), read “MeemaSue”‘s article at dailykos.com.
Here one of the most provocative parts of her article – the questions that should be asked about this remarkable junction of a young female worker’s death and the out-of-nowhere resignation of her boss:
These THREE questions have never been adequately answered:
From American Politics Journal August 8, 2001
1. If Lori’s death was just a simple accident, then why did Rep. Scarborough and his spokesman Miguel Serrano feel the need to go to two different local TV stations within three hours of her body’s being found and invent a nonexistent history of chronic medical conditions for her – in other words – why did they feel the need to lie about Lori’s health?
2. Would you trust without question the word of a Medical Examiner who lost his ME license in two separate states (Missouri and Florida) because he LIED about his autopsy work and results.
3. Why should whoever wrote Ms. Klausutis’s obituary feel it was appropriate to mention nearly everything about her life — EXCEPT where she’d been working since 1999, i.e with Congressman Scarborough?
Let’s add one more-
4. Dr. Berkland and his supervisor at the time, Dr. Gary Cumberland were known to be high-giving donors to Scarborough’s Congressional campaigns. Did their relationship with Scarborough influence any and all the results issued by the M.E.’s Office?
More than a little interesting, wouldn’t you say?
Look, I don’t claim to know what happened to Lori Klausutis or if Joe Scarborough had anything to do with her death. But I definitely know that, given the circumstances, it should have been investigated thoroughly…and, apparently, it was not…
…which brings us straight back to President Trump’s tweet.
On the streets I grew up on in Brooklyn and Queens (not far from where Trump grew up), if someone said or did something offensive to us, we would warn that person to back off by saying “You’re effing with the wrong guy” – including the other three letters of the “eff” word, of course.
Why do I get the distinct impression that, in starting up with Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough is effing with the wrong guy?