President Trump’s hostility toward journalists would get deadly if there were no repercussions, according to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
“Though he kills journalists, Vladimir Putin on camera actually seems a little more willing to answer tough questions when they are asked of him. Donald Trump can’t even handle that,” Scarborough said. “Of course, Donald Trump would kill reporters if he could get away with it. I think even his strongest supporters would admit Trump would do whatever he could get away with.”
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman who now hosts Morning Joe, suggested the idea after discussing Trump’s contentious relationship with the media and referring to the president’s interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl. Trump cut his interview short after accusing Stahl of trying to go after him with tough questions while claiming her program on CBS gave his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, only easy questions.
Scarborough’s comments caught the eye of some on social media, who condemned the claim.
@JoeNBC “Trump would kill reporters if he could get away with it.” ….come on man. This is absurd.
— Ben Stanfield (@Ben_Stanfield) October 26, 2020
MSDNC forgot that it was Obama who jailed and spied on American reporters. https://t.co/TnTRGLOdtU
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) October 26, 2020
Scarborough is a frequent critic of Trump, who, in turn, has pilloried his show as well as his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski.
The two became embattled in a public feud earlier this year after Trump pushed a conspiracy theory alleging Scarborough was responsible for the death of Lori Klausutis, a young congressional aide when he was serving as a congressman from Florida as a Republican.
Trump called for a murder investigation into the death of the 28-year-old, who died in 2001 while fainting and hitting her head. Authorities at the time suspected no foul play in Klausutis’s death and ruled it was a result of an irregular heartbeat, which caused her to collapse and strike her head.
Scarborough was in Washington, D.C., at the time Klausutis died while working in a district office based out of Florida.
The accusation by Trump was widely criticized by some of his Republican allies and supporters in right-leaning media.
Scarborough called the president’s claims “extraordinarily cruel” and urged Trump to stop watching his show live on-air.
“Why don’t you turn off the television, and why don’t you start working, OK?” Scarborough said. “You do your job, we’ll do ours, and America will be much better off for that. Just go. Turn off the TV, Donald.”
Source: Washington Examiner: Joe Scarborough: Trump ‘would kill reporters’ if he could get away with it