A request by the widower of Lori Klausutis for President Donald Trump to stop using his late wife to promote conspiracy theories for Trump's own agenda has not slowed the President's exploitation of her death to attack one of his critics.
On Wednesday morning, Trump posted another slanderous tweet targeting former Republican Congressman, former Trump supporter and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.
Scarborough changed his tune on Trump after the 2016 election. Since then he has been in the President's sights.
On Wednesday Trump tweeted:
"Psycho Joe Scarborough is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out on the internet about opening a Cold Case. He knows what is happening!"
Psycho Joe Scarborough is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out… https://t.co/q598R8n1PU— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590583330.0
But Republican Senator Mitt Romney decided enough was enough.
He responded to the President's tweet and posted:
"I know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine."
"I don't know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusations but T.J.?"
"His heart is breaking. Enough already."
I know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine. I don't know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusa… https://t.co/jldWt7rI3B— Mitt Romney (@Mitt Romney)1590586372.0
@MittRomney Please continue to speak out against the GOP, which has turned into a full blown criminal enterprise, p… https://t.co/2C9mRJBH1X— Publius (@Publius)1590590789.0
@MittRomney @WajahatAli Thank you Mitt Romney for consistently speaking out against insane and corrupt Trump. where… https://t.co/oCXbzyCHi7— Republicans for Joe Biden (@Republicans for Joe Biden)1590587069.0
T.J. Klausutis is the widower of the woman the President continues to exploit for his feud with Scarborough with no regard for her family or her memory. Senator Romney reminded him that Lori Klausutis has a family that are being affected each time Trump decides to use her death as a childish taunt against someone who criticized him.
Romney was not alone in that belief.
@realDonaldTrump Imagine trying to get past the tragic death of your wife, only to have a man use her memory as a p… https://t.co/gbz2tuDv6r— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1590583667.0
@realDonaldTrump Lori Klausutis deserves better than this. We all deserve better than this.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1590583794.0
@Pappiness @realDonaldTrump I can't believe a president has time to deal with old cases involving a tragic accident… https://t.co/oDIL6psd7O— 10kl tapers (@10kl tapers)1590594490.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump needs to stop falsely accusing Joe Scarborough of murder. Lori Klausutis’ widowed husband is… https://t.co/13LERVJ0pq— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1590583598.0
@realDonaldTrump Lori had undiagnosed mitral valve prolapse which in rare and unfortunate situations can lead to an… https://t.co/U9cLFUpV1Y— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1590583746.0
@realDonaldTrump Joe isn't the one who is rattled. You're LYING about this and hurting this family. STOP! https://t.co/76fV3jv0Ui— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1590586004.0
@realDonaldTrump Again, the widower told you this is not true. He said it opens up a painful wound. Yet you prefer… https://t.co/mor4p0fQfG— Publius (@Publius)1590585234.0
While others offered other crimes—with equal credibility as Trump's claims—that should be investigated.
@realDonaldTrump It’s on the internet so it must be true https://t.co/4rmbhRXh4z— 🦦Marie-Caroline🦥 (@🦦Marie-Caroline🦥)1590583494.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/k1ZJQThHjd— Pantomath (@Pantomath)1590583367.0
@realDonaldTrump #MelaniaGate A lot of people are saying Melania prefers real leaders. This should be investigated!… https://t.co/nuELLwk8Ml— jen pal (@jen pal)1590587061.0
@realDonaldTrump Let's talk about your ongoing case: 100,000 and counting. https://t.co/EnKoevUuzy— 𝓞𝔀𝓷𝓡𝓾𝓵𝓮𝓼 (@𝓞𝔀𝓷𝓡𝓾𝓵𝓮𝓼)1590583440.0
Another Trump lie on Twitter earned a factcheck from Twitter for the first time. It is unclear whether Twitter will step up and factcheck these lies too.