They used to be besties. As a candidate for the Republican nomination and president, Donald Trump showed up on MSNBC's Morning Joe on a regular basis, yukking it up with co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Along the way things went sour and this week saw the president imply on Twitter that Scarborough should be investigated for murdering an intern and Scarborough claiming that he's heard from key sources that Trump has the early stages of dementia and must be removed from office.
It began on Wednesday morning after Matt Lauer was sacked at NBC over sexual misconduct allegations. President Trump's response to that was a call for more changes at NBC and a claim that the death of an intern working in Scarborough's office back in 2001 needed to be investigated:
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
In 2001 Scarborough was a Florida congressman. An intern working at his office, then 28 year-old Lori Klausutis, died due to an undiagnosed heart condition and a fall, according to the medical examiner:
Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berkland has said Klausutis, 28, of Niceville, lost consciousness because of an abnormal heart rhythm and fell, hitting her head on a desk. The head injury caused the death, Berkland said.
Trump's tweet implied that Scarborough was in fact a murderer, something that did not sit well with Scarborough or his co-host and wife, Brzezinski.
“The president was tweeting yesterday about, among other things, a conspiracy theory about Joe being a murderer.
“Today the president crossed another deeply disturbing line. With his attack on Joe, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America advanced a false conspiracy theory to intimidate the press and cause a chilling effect on the First Amendment. Joe and I are not intimidated, and his bizarre behavior contravenes both the Constitution and basic moral judgment. This is all we are going to be saying on the matter.”
Scarborough meantime pointed to his own discussions with people he called friends of the president and media reports to claim Trump is suffering dementia and must be removed before he starts a nuclear war.
"We are facing a showdown with a nuclear power, and you have somebody inside the White House that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit, that people close to him say is mentally unfit, that people close to him during the campaign told me had early stages of dementia," Scarborough said.
"When are we supposed to say this? After the first nuclear missile goes? Is that when it's proper to bring this up in polite society? Scarborough asked.
As of writing, Trump has not responded to Scarborough via Twitter, instead tweeting about the surging stock market.