Scarborough criticized for retweeting account claiming ‘no way’ Epstein’s death was suicide

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was criticized over the weekend for a series of tweets about the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, with some members of the media accusing the “Morning Joe” co-host of promoting unfounded conspiracy theories.

Scarborough on Saturday took to Twitter following the death of the billionaire financier, who died while in jail on sex trafficking charges.

{mosads}“A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably…Russian,” Scarborough wrote. 

“He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bullshit,” Scarborough continued, referring to reports that Epstein was found unconscious with injuries to the neck last month.

The “Morning Joe” host also retweeted comments from Brian Koppelman, co-creator of Showtime’s television show “Billions.”

“Sure. Seems likely. Probably what happened. Hey, folks, we’re Russia now. Enjoy it,” Koppelman wrote.

Scarborough also retweeted Koppelman saying there was “no way” Epstein’s death was suicide even if there is photographic evidence from the jail’s security cameras.

“Having someone killed or hurt in jail can be as simple as leaving them unprotected. As simple as paying someone outside the jail,” the tweet from Koppelman read.

Scarborough was criticized by several social media users for questioning the circumstances behind Epstein’s death online.

Andrew Kaczynski, a reporter at CNN’s KFile, on Saturday knocked Scarborough’s “reckless speculation” and called his tweets “as irresponsible as it gets.”

“Joe, there’s a lot of MSNBC reporters who do really good work writing about misinformation and conspiracies,” Kaczynski wrote as the two engaged on Twitter. “You make there job a lot harder when you use your voice to amplify it. And your RTs after your tweet are they visible, BTW – glib or not.”

Scarborough apologized for making a “glib, offhanded comment” in a tweeted response to Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald, who had also offered criticism of his tweets, but noted that he was also poking fun at unfounded conspiracy theories that the Clintons were involved. 

He also insisted that his critics should calm down.

“Andrew, you really need to relax, learn how to apply context, and also learn how to use the word ‘their,’ ” he responded in one tweet to CNN’s Kaczynski. “Your self-righteousness and hysteria over a passing tweet is something. And if anybody at my network has a problem with a tweet, they’ve got my number.” 

Conspiracy theories flourished in the hours after Epstein’s death, and have led to criticism online.

The disgraced financier Epstein had associated in the past with both President Trump and former President Clinton, in addition to other wealthy and influential people in New York City.

Trump on Saturday retweeted a post promoting a conspiracy theory linking Epstein’s death to the Clintons without any evidence. He was roundly criticized for doing so by people on both sides of the aisle.

Other people on Twitter espoused theories linking the death to Trump. 

Epstein, a registered sex offender, was arrested last month and was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

He had apparently been taken off suicide watch and was reportedly not being monitored in his cell as directed before his death. 

The New York Times reported that Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s top medical examiner, is confident Epstein died from suicide following an autopsy performed on Sunday but is waiting for more information before releasing her official statement.

Tags Andrew Kaczynski Conspiracy theories Donald Trump Jeffrey Epstein Joe Scarborough Kurt Eichenwald MSNBC

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