“Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!” Trump tweeted.
Trump has frequently attacked NBC News for its coverage of his administration. In October, he suggested that the the network’s broadcast licenses should he challenged. But his reference to Lack — the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC — seemed to tease that he has heard about more allegations.
Later, Trump tweeted about other NBC News figures, including Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough.
Trump wrote, “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!”
NBCUniversal and NBC News spokespeople did not immediately return a request for comment.
Trump faces his own allegations of sexual harassment. During the presidential campaign, more than a dozen women came forward to claim inappropriate conduct. He has denied the accusations.
The release of the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump bragged about grabbing women by their sexual organs, proved to be a crisis during the campaign, but a number of news outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post, have reported that the president has since questioned the authenticity of the recording. At the time of its release, he dismissed his discussion with Billy Bush as “locker room talk,” but also apologized for the 2005 conversation. This week, “Access Hollywood” issued a statement in which it said the tape is “very real.”
NBC airs “Access Hollywood.”
Trump’s reference to an “unsolved mystery” connected to Scarborough is apparently referring to the case of Lori Klausutis, 28, who died in his district office in 2001. The medical examiner said at the time that there was no foul play, and that she lost consciousness because she had an abnormal heart rhythm and then hit her head on a desk. Scarborough was a congressman at the time.
“Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well,” Scarborough said on Twitter.
His brother, George, a supporter of Trump, wrote that the president went too far.
“Outrageous reference re @JoeNBC where @potus @realDonaldTrump just crossed the line with me,” George Scarborough wrote. “I need to see a public apology to my brother Joe or else he has lost my support for good … which is saying a ton given all the support I’ve shown him in past 2 years.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper lashed out at Trump for the tweet.
“This is the president attempting to exploit the tragic death of a young woman — one who had heart problems and hit her head when she fell — to score a cheap spurious political point. Indecent. Inhumane.”