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It looks like President Trump's freedom of speech is being protected by Twitter… for now.
Multiple Democrats have demanded that Twitter remove posts by President Trump where he appears to suggest that MSNBC's Joe Scarborough killed his intern.
Twitter has responded and stated that they will NOT be deleting the president's tweets.
Though Twitter has been accused of being liberally biased, it appears that the social media network is defending Trump's freedom of speech… for now.
President Trump re-tweeted an article questioning the narrative around Scarborough's aide when he was a congressman, writing:
A lot of interest in this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough. So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die? I would think there is a lot more to this story than that? An affair? What about the so-called investigator? Read story.
See President Trump's tweets below:
While many Democrats are criticizing Trump for spreading a "conspiracy theory," it's important to note that Trump did not invent the story.
Many observers have questioned the official narrative around the aide's death.
President Trump simply re-tweeted a story that appears to contain compelling questions and un-reported facts about the unusual death.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany even blasted the press for refusing to report that Scarborough himself JOKED about the intern's death.
Here's the video of Scarborough joking with Don Imus about his intern's death.
Though Twitter has apologized for Trump tweets, they released a statement saying that they will NOT delete them.
According to NBC News:
Twitter said Tuesday it will not remove tweets from President Donald Trump that impugned MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, despite pleas from the family of a woman who died while working for Scarborough when he was a member of Congress.
The woman, Lori Klausutis, died in 2001 while working in Scarborough's congressional office. Medical authorities said her death stemmed from a heart condition that caused her to collapse and hit her head on her desk, but Trump has repeatedly pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that Scarborough was somehow involved in foul play.
Lori's husband, Timothy Klausutis, sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday asking for the company to remove tweets from Trump that pushed the conspiracy theory.
"My request is simple: Please delete these tweets," Klausutis wrote. "I'm a research engineer and not a lawyer, but reviewed all of Twitter's rules and terms of service. The President's tweet that suggests that Lori was murdered without evidence and contrary to the official autopsy is a violation of Twitter's community rules and 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."
Klausutis declined to comment on Twitter's decision.
A Twitter spokesperson said in an email Tuesday that the company was working on making changes, though it did not agree to remove the tweets.
“We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family," the spokesperson said in an email. "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 spokesperson declined to discuss particular policies but pointed to the company's efforts to label misleading information.
Scarborough has been a vocal critic of President Trump.
However, before Trump ran for president, both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were close friends with the billionnaire.
They frequently partied at Mar-a-Lago and even considered getting married there.
But when Trump ran for President, the friendship appeared to splinter over politics.
Breitbart reports that Mika Brzezinski launched a Twitter tirade asking for Trump's tweets to be deleted:
Scarborough’s MSNBC cohost and third wife Mika Brzezinski launched a public campaign to get Trump’s tweets about the subject removed by Twitter.
“Donald, you’re a sick person. You’re really a cruel, sick, disgusting person. And you can keep tweeting about Joe, but you’re just hurting other people and, of course, you’re hurting yourself,” she wrote on Twitter, demanding that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey take action against the president.
Timothy Klausutis, the husband of Lori Klausutis wrote a letter to Twitter asking Dorsey to delete the tweets.
“My request is simple: Please delete these tweets,” he wrote in a letter to Dorsey that was obtained by the New York Times.
But Trump continued questioning the case on Tuesday, adding, “I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most.”
“So many unanswered and obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now!” he continued. “Law enforcement eventually will?”
Careful analysis of Trump's tweets suggests that he never directly accused Scarborough of murder.
Rather, Trump was simply asking questions around the unusual circumstances of the case.
As journalists, surely Scarborough and Brzezinski are familiar with questions that challenge "official" narratives.
Fortunately, it appears that Twitter is defending President Trump's freedom of speech on its platform.
Let's hope it stays that way.