Isn’t there a better way to give Joe Scarborough a hard time?

In a letter posted by the New York Times, the widower wrote, “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.”

With any other president, there would have been an uproar that ended with a chastened chief executive admitting that he had erred and was sorry.

But there was no uproar against Trump’s hit job on a dead woman’s reputation.

On Twitter, the very platform Trump chose to punish for being too tough on him when it fact-checked two of his erroneous tweets on California’s vote-by-mail election, the grievance-rich Trump base defended his slander on a corpse as a justifiable rejoinder to Scarborough’s scathing criticism of his one-time pal, Trump.