Last week, Trump tweeted that "'Concast' [his derogatory nickname for MSNBC's parent company] should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough."
Scarborough similarly responded on air to that claim by the president, saying then that Trump's accusation was "extraordinarily cruel" and that he was bringing attention to a conspiracy theory that's "lived in the gutters of the internet for some time now."
“You, once again, drag a family through this and make them relive it again. … As if losing a loved one the first time isn’t enough,” Scarborough said, telling Trump: "You don't understand the pain you cause to families who've already lost a loved one. Not me."
The White House did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Tuesday.
Trump's attacks on Scarborough over Klausutis' death have drawn the ire of journalists and lawmakers, including Republicans.
“Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” then-House Speaker Paul Ryan said in 2017.
“Look, what we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate, and this obviously doesn’t help do that,” Ryan added.
On Tuesday, CNN host Jake Tapper tweeted out his disgust with the president's repeated accusations.
"Her name was Lori Klausutis. She was 28. And her family deserves far better than the president and his minions using the tragedy of her death as a crude cudgel to attack a critic," Tapper wrote. "It’s indecent and inhumane."
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