There are plenty of days when Donald Trump wakes up and begins using Twitter to try to create as many controversial distractions as possible, in the hope of taking people’s attention away from a negative story about himself that he thinks is going to surface that day. We’ve all seen this script before. But we’ve never seen anything quite like what just happened this morning. Trump is accusing an MSNBC morning show host of having murdered a woman. No, really. This is happening.
After NBC announced that it had fired Today Show host Matt Lauer for “sexually inappropriate behavior” this morning, Donald Trump seemed to forget that he’s an admitted serial sexual predator himself, and he began attacking Lauer. This was predictable. Then he started taking things much further. He made a vague accusation about the “past” of NBC News Chairman Andy Lack. Then he made a much more specific accusation about MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough.
Trump tweeted “So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!” To be clear, authorities long ago cleared Scarborough after an intern was found dead in his office; it was determined that she suffered from a heart condition.
However, the facts aren’t getting in Donald Trump’s way here. We’ve now reached the point where the “President of the United States” is falsely accusing a prominent journalist of murder, simply because he doesn’t personally like that journalist. Falsely accusing someone of a felony is a crime, and Trump should be immediately subjected to an impeachment trial. Donald Trump is the single greatest threat the United States has ever faced – and he’s clearly trying to distract us from devastating news about himself that he knows is about to surface.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report