Twitter is sorry about, but won't delete, tweets from President Trump that baselessly accuse Joe Scarborough of murder.
- "Please delete those tweets," widower Timothy Klausutis wrote CEO Jack Dorsey last week, in a letter obtained by N.Y. Times columnist Kara Swisher. "My wife deserves better."
Between the lines: It's a sad state of affairs when the natural reaction is to hope for a social media company to intervene, rather than expecting a public official to desist.
Trump has spent recent weeks falsely suggesting that Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, murdered Lori Klausutis.
- Klausutis died suddenly in 2001 after losing consciousness from an abnormal heart rhythm and hitting her head on a desk. There were no signs of foul play, and her death was ruled an accident.
- “A blow to her head? Body found under his desk? Left Congress suddenly? Big topic of discussion in Florida … and, he’s a Nut Job (with bad ratings). Keep digging, use forensic geniuses," Trump tweeted this weekend.
“We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family,” a Twitter spokesperson said today.
- “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.”
The bottom line: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeatedly defended Trump today, denying that he bears responsibility because "this is not an original Trump thought."
- "Joe Scarborough — if we want to start talking about false accusations — we have quite a few we can go through.... This morning or yesterday Mika accused the president of being responsible for 100,000 deaths in this country. That's incredibly irresponsible," McEnany said.
- "They should be held to account for their falsehoods.... It's Joe Scarborough that has to answer these questions," she added.
Read the full letter to Twitter.