Widower of former Scarborough staffer asks Twitter chief to take down Trump tweets

The husband of a woman who died while working for former Rep. Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump Fox News wins ratings week, while MSNBC touts daytime figures Scarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump MORE (R-Fla.) has asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove tweets posted by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE that suggest her death was a part of a conspiracy theory involving the MSNBC “Morning Joe” host.

Timothy Klausutis, in his letter to Dorsey, which was obtained by The New York Times, told the Twitter founder that his "wife deserves better."

“The frequency, intensity, ugliness, and promulgation of these horrifying lies ever increases on the internet,” Klausutis said. “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.”


In response, Twitter has said that while it is sorry about the statements and the attention they are drawing, it would not be removing the tweets. It did say it was working on an effort to address similar issues that it hoped to introduce soon.

“We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family," a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill in a statement. "We've been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly."

Lori Klausutis died in 2001 after an abnormal heart rhythm caused her to lose consciousness and hit her head on a desk in Scarborough’s congressional office in Florida.

Her death was ruled an accident, but Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the incident to cast aspersions on Scarborough, with whom he has feuded since the end of the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Scarborough was in Washington at the time of the incident.

Twitter has struggled with managing misinformation and false claims in recent years and hasn't made it a practice to check world leaders, even when they post misleading or false information.

Trump most recently raised the issue on Tuesday morning.


In a Saturday tweet, Trump also mentioned the incident, calling Scarborough a “Nut Job.” Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough's wife and co-host of “Morning Joe,” said last week that she was going to speak to Dorsey about Trump being banned from Twitter.