When your criticism-sensitive boss falsely accuses a prominent critic of murder, then doubles down after the dead woman's husband publicly pleads for him to stop spreading these "horrifying lies" and "filth," you may not have great options when asked to respond. And White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany chose some bad responses at Tuesday's press briefing.
There is no "cold case" involving the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, a constituent services staffer in a Florida congressional office of MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, then a Republican congressman. The authorities never had any doubt her death was an accident. "The President of the United States has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain," her widower, Timothy Klausutis, wrote in an open letter to Twitter on Tuesday. "My wife deserves better."
Most of the Scarborough-related questions McEnany fielded Tuesday were some variation on why Trump continues to falsely accuse him of murder, causing additional pain to Timothy Klausutis. McEnany's response was that Trump did not originate this false conspiracy theory and that Scarborough laughed when radio shock jock Don Imus apparently joked about those conspiracy theories in 2003.
"Joe Scarborough should be held to account for saying people will die by taking hydroxychloroquine," McEnany said. "Does that justify the president spreading a false conspiracy theory that suggests he's responsible for murder?" a reporter asked. "I would point you back to Joe Scarborough, who laughed and joked about this item on Don Imus' show," McEnany replied. "It's Joe Scarborough that has to answer these questions."
Pressed again later on why the president is falsely accusing Scarborough of murder despite the pain these lies cause the widower, McEnany replied: "Our hearts are with Lori, and I think the onus is on Joe Scarborough to explain his interaction with Don Imus." (It isn't.) Peter Weber
Another possible explosive device addressed to a critic of President Trump has reportedly turned up.
Law enforcement officials say a suspicious package sent to former Vice President Joe Biden has been intercepted in Delaware, NBC News reports. CNN previously reported that authorities were attempting to locate this package, which had been returned to sender because the address was incorrect.
This package to Biden is reportedly similar to the ones containing explosive devices that were previously sent to Democratic politicians. On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were also targeted. An explosive device was sent to liberal billionaire George Soros earlier this week, and another suspicious package addressed to actor and Trump critic Robert De Niro was also found on Thursday morning.
This news comes about an hour after President Trump said the mainstream media is partially to blame for these attacks and for "a very big part of the Anger we see today in our society." Brendan Morrow
Addressing the Supreme Court's union fees decision Thursday, Pelosi said: "The Supreme Court became the Supreme Corp." In case you didn't catch that, she explained: "That's in short for 'corporation.' They are handmaidens of corporate America."
Alas, cute nicknames might not be quite the "tooth and nail" tactics that some Democrats were hoping for. Jeva Lange
House Minority Leader Pelosi says following the Supreme Court's decision on union fees, "The Supreme Court became the Supreme Corp., that's in short for corporation. They are handmaidens of corporate America...there to undermine workers in our country" https://t.co/iskqMkqFSxpic.twitter.com/1gOQOhSORi