Several Republican lawmakers criticized President Donald Trump’s attempts to spread unfounded claims about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s connections to the death of his former congressional staffer.
Trump has not backed down from his attacks against Scarborough, and Twitter has refused to take down the president’s tweets about the topic despite an impassioned letter from the staffer’s husband Timothy Klausutis to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
The staffer, Lori Klausutis, 28, died in 2001 after fainting and hitting her head while working in a Florida regional office for Scarborough, then a congressman.
In a Twitter post, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who was the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, called Trump’s claims “vile” and “baseless” and said for the sake of Klausutis’ husband, “enough already.”
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, the third-highest-ranking House Republicans told reporters outside the Capitol Wednesday she believed Trump should “stop tweeting about Joe Scarborough.”
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“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, he’s the commander in chief of this nation, and (it’s) causing great pain to the family of the young woman who died, so I would urge him to stop it,” she said.