The Editorial Boards Of Two Major Conservative Papers Condemn Trump
The editorial boards of both the Washington Examiner and the Wall Street Journal have released articles criticizing President Donald Trump’s promotion of the conspiracy theory that Joe Scarborough, a former Republican member of Congress, was involved in the death of Lori Klausutis, one of his staff.
As the Washington Examiner notes, this claim is not founded on any solid evidence, but rather, incorrect speculation.
- Klausutis “collapsed from a heart condition while working alone” in Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach, Florida, office, and a medical examiner reported that “she hit her head in the process of fainting,” which ultimately killed her.
- Despite this, Republican politicians theorized that Scarborough was having an affair with Klausutis, and in order to cover it up, Scarborough must have murdered her.
- This theory is verifiably false, as Scarborough “took six votes on the House floor the day Klausutis died” and participated in another vote the following morning.
Both the Washington Examiner and the Wall Street Journal argue that Trump’s decision to promote this false theory is despicable.
- The Wall Street Journal writes:
Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him.
We don’t write this with any expectation that Mr. Trump will stop. Perhaps he even thinks this helps him politically, though we can’t imagine how. But Mr. Trump is debasing his office, and he’s hurting the country in doing so.
- The Washington Examiner echoes this sentiment, writing:
Whatever his issues with Scarborough, President Trump's crazed Twitter rant on this subject was vile and unworthy of his office. Some will undoubtedly shrug it off as Trump being Trump, but one could hardly be blamed for reading it and doubting his fitness to lead.
Although Trump is “debasing his office” and “hurting the country,” The Wall Street Journal does not expect that Trump will stop these attacks.