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Twitter Doesn’t Remove Donald Trump’s Conspiracy Tweets After Widower Of Joe Scarborough Aide Asked For Them To Be Deleted

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UPDATED: Twitter is not immediately removing President Donald Trump’s tweets about the 2001 death of an aide to Joe Scarborough, even though her widower asked the platform’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, to remove them.

Timothy Klausutis, the husband of Lori Klausutis, wrote in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week, “My request is simple: Please delete these tweets.”

His wife died in 2001 when she was serving as a staff member to Scarborough, who was then a congressman from Florida. Kara Swisher obtained Klausutis’ letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and included it as part of a column that was published on Tuesday.

Over the weekend, Trump again tweeted out debunked conspiracy theories about the circumstances surrounding Klausutis’ death, suggesting that Scarborough, one of his frequent critics, was somehow implicated. As her husband pointed out in his letter, she had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head at work, a conclusion the coroner reached following an investigation.

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In his letter, Timothy Klausutis wrote to Dorsey, “I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the president of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain.”

Klausutis argued that the president’s tweets violate Twitter’s terms of service. “An ordinary user like me would be banished from the platform for such a tweet but I am only asking that these tweets be removed.” He also referred to a tweet from Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

“The frequency, intensity, ugliness, and promulgation of these horrifying lies ever increases on the internet,” Timothy Klausutis wrote. “These conspiracy theorists, including most recently the president of the United States, continue to spread their bile and misinformation on your platform disparaging the memory of my wife and our marriage.”

A spokesperson for Twitter indicated that they would be updating their policies, but Trump’s tweets were not removed.

“We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family,” the spokesperson said. “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.”

Trump, upset over some of Scarborough’s criticism on Morning Joe, has lashed out at the host by claiming that the case is a “cold case,” even though it is not. Over the weekend, Trump tweeted, “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!”

As Swisher’s New York Times’ column was drawing attention on air and online on Tuesday, Trump tweeted at 8:53 AM ET, “The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough.” It was then deleted.

About a half hour later, he continued to present the circumstances surrounding Klausutis’ death as a mystery.

He wrote, “The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus. In 2016 when Joe & his wacky future ex-wife, Mika, would endlessly interview me, I would always be thinking about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?”

Last week, when Trump tweeted about Klausutis’ death, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough’s wife, called on Twitter’s Dorsey to take action, calling the president’s tweet “sick.”

Scarborough talked Timothy Klausutis’s letter on Morning Joe on Tuesday, and Brzezinski read it in full. They noted that Swisher, in her column, made comparisons to what families of the Sandy Hook shootings have had to endure amid conspiracy claims, including those coming from Alex Jones, as well as the family of Seth Rich, the former Democratic National Committee staffer.

“It is unspeakably cruel, whether it is the president or people following the president,” Scarborough said. “…These are not public figures nor have they ever been public figures.”



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Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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