Desperate to get the minds of Americans off his bungling of the greatest public health crisis and economic menace of modern times, Trump has launched into an often surreal (even for his standards) Twitter meltdown. The lowest of these baselessly accuses media personality Joe Scarborough of murder. It’s not been an incident, this ridiculous lie has been a campaign.
For the record, there is nothing to these tweets, and there is no “cold case” in this nearly twenty year old story. On July 20, 2001 Lori Kaye Klausutis died over the weekend while working alone in the office of Representative Joe Scarborough. There was an investigation and full autopsy. You can read the coroner’s report yourself. The autopsy found that Klausutis suffered a cardiac condition that caused her to pass out. She died from head trauma as her head hit a desk. From then to now there has never been a shred of evidence of foul play, and there remains none.
Two decades later the President of the United States is simply exploiting this woman’s death for his own awful purposes. Why? Because that’s the kind of man he is. He does so with absolutely no concern for the feelings of the family of the woman’s whose death he has corrupted for his political purposes. Because that is the kind of man he is.
That family has now spoken. Timothy J. Klausutis was her husband. He never remarried and still lives in Niceville Florida in the home he and his late wife once shared. In a letter written to Twitter, pleading with the company to remove the posts, the power of his words speak for themselves:
“The frequency, intensity, ugliness, and promulgation of these horrifying lies ever increases on the internet. These conspiracy theorists, including most recently the President of the United States, continue to spread their bile and misinformation on your platform disparaging the memory of my wife and our marriage. President Trump on Tuesday tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers alluding to the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough. The son of the president followed and more directly attacked my wife by tweeting to his followers as the means of spreading this vicious lie . . .
I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because 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. I would also ask that you consider Lori’s niece and two nephews who will eventually come across this filth in the future. They have never met their Aunt and it pains me to think they would ever have to “learn” about her this way.
My wife deserves better.”
Please, I beg every Trump supporter, read his letter. Please understand that in supporting Trump you personally are an enabler for the pain Trump is causing this family. This is a heartless campaign of a man devoid of any conscience or moral compass. Ask yourself, honestly, “do I want to be a part of that?” Read this and understand why so many regard Trump as mentally ill and unfit.
You can’t change the nature of this President, but you can change yourself and help change who is President. Timothy Klausutis, and his family, deserve better. You deserve better. We all deserve better.
As her husband Timothy made clear, the memory of the woman pictured below certainly deserves better.