Brzezinski’s brutal takedown came in response to Trump’s recent revival of an old, debunked conspiracy theory suggesting that her husband and talk show co-host Joe Scarborough may have murdered a former aide in 2001 when he was in Congress.
Trump’s attacks, probably not coincidentally, have occurred as the MSNBC program has harshly criticized his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brzezinski had enough. On Wednesday’s show, she accused Trump of trying to deflect attention from the way he’s dealing with his targeting of Scarborough in the death of 28-year-old Lori Klausutis, who was found dead in his district office in Florida when he was a Republican House member. Her death long since was ruled accidental, with a medical examiner that determining a heart condition caused her to pass out and hit her head on a desk.
“He’s tweeting again all sorts of crazy things,” Brzezinski began in her Trump tirade. “Once again tweeting conspiracy theories about Joe, falsely accusing him of murder, talking about a death of a young staffer in his congressional office years ago, and calling him dangerous to walk the streets.”
Trump on Wednesday had wondered in a tweet why Scarborough was “allowed to walk the streets” and added, “Open Cold Case!” Last week he had tweeted, “Did he get away with murder? Some people think so.”
Brzezinski on Wednesday called the president’s attacks “sick and continued:
“Donald, you’re a sick person! You’re a sick person! To put this family through this, to put her husband through this, to do this just ’cause you’re mad at Joe, because Joe got you again today. Because he speaks the truth, and he speaks plainly about your lack of interest, and empathy in others, and your lack of ability to handle this massive human catastrophe, the fact that you have made it worse and you make it worse every day.”
After the show, Brzezinski took to Twitter in an attempt to do what others have tried and failed to do: Get the platform to ban the president.
Brzezinski’s call out of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey seemed to pay off in one aspect: She later tweeted that a call was being set up with him to discuss the issue.