The death of Jeffrey Epstein should have been the closing of a book. With no live man to prosecute in the sex trafficking case, all that should be left are the claims against his estate … Surely something for the lawyers to argue over. But they aren’t. In fact, it’s likely that Mr. Epstein will receive more coverage now than when he was alive. As presidents, pundits, and politicians begin asking questions, we may find out just how deep this particular rabbit hole goes.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the first prominent figures to question whether or not Epstein killed himself was none other than President Donald Trump. Terrence K. Williams, an actor and commentator, raised the matter on Twitter. The president then retweeted the message, causing a major flurry among those who spend their lives looking for ammunition.
Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead
I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this!
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 10, 2019
On the Epstein Train
One might think it signals the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, when he begins sending out “#ClintonBodyCount” in the style of Alex Jones, but perhaps the conspiracy theory is no longer as fringe as it once was. The president’s retweet likely would have triggered a story about Trump and his many foibles, until another well-known name appeared to begin asking the same questions. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chimed in, saying, “We need answers. Lots of them,” while linking to an article by The New York Times, detailing Epstein’s death. And the snowball became an avalanche.
Now that this has become a bipartisan talking point rather than a hammer with which to beat the president, it seems just about everyone is getting on board. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough expressed his incredulity, saying “He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bu***it.” And others are beginning to come out of the woodwork. Now that this issue can no longer be a weaponized against Trump, politicians and pundits are free to make hay while the sun shines. They can express their personal beliefs and theorize to their heart’s content without fear of censure … or can they?
The Silent Rebuke
Without getting too conspiratorial, the fact that “TrumpBodyCount” soon began trending on social media, replacing the “ClintonBodyCount” hashtag, should set alarm bells ringing. After all, most would agree that a Trump body count meme has never been a thing.
With the recent release of documents that supposedly incriminate many powerful people on both sides of the Atlantic in the sex trafficking case, perhaps it’s time to at least examine whether the Epstein “suicide train” is carrying any cargo. It is possible the documents are fraudulent, but that would not stop them being damaging to reputations and business interests if discussed in a courtroom and reported by the media.
Over the next few weeks, we can expect to see two camps forming; one side believing that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered to prevent him corroborating the damaging documents, and the other camp calling out those who suggest Epstein was “suicided” as conspiracy theorists.
It will be interesting to note who lands where. Bring on the bread and circuses.