Media Deflecting From Epstein’s ‘Suicide’ to Trump’s Tweet
So, what’s more important: That accused billionaire pedophile and sex trafficker for the rich and famous Jeffrey Epstein somehow ended up dead in his prison cell or that Donald Trump retweeted actor Terrence K Williams’ thoughts on the matter?
A suspicious suicide or a simple retweet?
According to the media and some of the major democratic candidates, it’s the retweet. Or at least that’s how they’re acting. Forget that Epstein was for some reason taken off suicide watch and guards violated policy to leave him unwatched for hours. What matters is Trump retweeted a “conspiracy theory” that the Clinton’s might be involved.
The natural suspicions of Trump outweigh the unnatural death of Epstein. Why?
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
The Media Talking Points
Trump had to become the focus.
Epstein’s body was not even cold when ShareBlue, a left-wing media propaganda outlet created by Clinton advocate David Brock put out an urgent email to get the spin machine humming. Conservative Treehouse got hold of the talking points. The message was clear: “Make It About Trump!”
Here are their five “Do” action items:
- Signal sympathy with the potential victims of Epstein
- Deflect people to the prior allegations against President Trump.
- Remind people of Trump’s prior quotes regarding Epstein and their proven interactions together
- Warn people of the power that the President of the United States holds in comparison to members of the public.
- As always, ROLCON. (This means “role playing as a conservative”)
They also do not want you to “Link to the current court documents regarding Epstein or use them in constructing your argument.” Why? Because the documents clear Trump. Accuser Virginia Roberts Guiffre states under oath she had zero knowledge of Trump ever messing with any underage girls. She denied he even flirted with her.
Weaponizing Trump Derangement Syndrome
Still, once Trump retweeted Williams, the media had their easy (if deceptive) path to execute the media strategy. The Washington Post raced to publish a piece on Trump’s fondness for conspiracies and the “paranoid style” in American politics. Trump, they said, retweeted a “baseless conspiracy theory about the death of Jeffrey Epstein.” (That’s rich coming from one of the main peddlers of the Trump-Russia Collusion Myth.)
The Post, which long suggested the current president is a traitor, blasted Trump for the “groundless suggestion that a former president was involved in a suspicious death.” Groundless? Hold that thought a sec.
Of course, some Democratic candidates chimed in. Cory Booker called it “just more recklessness.” (Echoes of talking point 4.) Beto O’Rourke said Trump was “using this position of pubic trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories.”
The Hill spent all Sunday tweeting and retweeting and retweeting again Trump-Epstein stories with Trump in the starring role. One involved former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. Katyal said it was “literally unfathomable” that Trump retweeted the Clinton suspicion. Incidentally, these reactions all sound strangely similar to the reaction Trump got when he tweeted that Obama had been spying on his campaign. Which we know now, of course, was true.
So exactly how “unfathomable” is Clinton involvement? How “groundless”? “How “baseless”?
Thinking the “Unfathomable”
Dinesh D’Souza makes a great point. “If Jeffrey Epstein were scheduled to testify against the mob and suddenly turned up dead, would it be a ‘conspiracy theory’ to suspect foul play? The people Epstein was involved with are 10 times more powerful than the mob.”
How can anyone be criticized for speculating about the death of Epstein? Anyone who claims that his reaction to Epstein’s death wasn’t some variation of “What the heck?” or “They got to him” is lying. The questions are too huge, the timing too suspicious, the stakes too high.
Seven Tough Questions
Zero Hedge provides seven unanswered questions. They range from “Why was Jeffrey Epstein taken off suicide watch?” to “Why did the guards break prison rules and not check on him every 30 minutes?” to “How could Epstein kill himself in a prison where the cells had been specifically designed to prevent that from happening?” When even an angry Attorney General is talking about “serious irregularities” it is disingenuous to fluff off questions as “conspiracy theories.”
As the American Greatness website noticed, the lack of journalistic curiosity is itself curious … and telling.
More evidence: Epstein had told authorities he did not try to kill himself a few weeks back; that he was assaulted. Another report says he feared being in a cell with a corrupt ex-cop with four murders to his credit and a likely date with Old Sparky in his future. In other words, someone with everything to gain and nothing to lose by helping do away with the billionaire.
Let’s not rush to judgment. The medical examiner hasn’t even ruled the death a suicide yet. That office wants more information.
So, wondering if Epstein might have been murdered is a no-brainer. The issue at this point is Trump tweeting an allegation that fingers the Clinton’s.
The Clinton Connection
First, let’s state the obvious. Trump may have done the retweet simply to troll the Clintons. If anybody has a moral right to cast shade at the Clinton Machine it’s the guy who spent two years fighting off the Trump-Russia Collusion Lie they paid for and coordinated. Then again, that operation involved officials at the White House, State Department, FBI, DOJ, CIA, DoD and DNI. Plus, the Mainstream Media, assorted international spooks and diplomats and Russians. The Clinton Machine managed all that. But they couldn’t, in principle, reach out to one cell in one little prison in New York? Is it reckless to wonder?
Who had the most to lose if Epstein cut a deal? Naturally, there are plenty of powerful figures with the motive to do away with Epstein. But since the issue is the hysteria over Trump’s retweet, let’s stay focused on the Clinton Syndicate.
Bill Clinton Lied About His Friendship with Epstein
The Miami Herald, Fox News and The Daily Beast have well established one crucial fact. Bill Clinton has lied massively about his relationship with Epstein. The Daily Beast reports Epstein visiting the White House multiple times during the Clinton years. (And who was one of the people to party with Epstein after he was released from jail? George Stephanopoulos, Clinton’s former senior domestic adviser. The guy tasked with handling Clinton’s bimbo eruptions during the 1992 campaign.)
Friday’s document dump identified two major Democratic figures whom Virginia Roberts Guiffre says subjected her to statutory rape. They’re Bill Richardson — a Clinton cabinet member — and former Sen. George Mitchell — whom Clinton wanted to appoint to the Supreme Court.
Hey, we all remember Clinton’s known fixation for chasing Pretty Young Things. And his history of forced encounters. And his documented travels with Epstein on flights with underage girls. AND the fact he’s lying about the extent of his involvement with Epstein. All that is good enough reason to at least cast an eye his direction. He’s the mobster in the D’Souza analogy.
Still, that’s not the reason #ClintonDeathCount trended right after Epstein turned up dead. It’s the fact that being in a position to harm Bill or Hillary has proven hazardous to one’s health.
A list has been going around since Bill Clinton’s first term of Clinton enemies and friends who happened to meet untimely ends. Perhaps each death is a coincidence. The Grim Reaper is just a Clinton groupie, not a staffer. CBS Las Vegas posted the so-called “Clinton Dead Pool” list after Epstein’s death. Apparently the station doesn’t think the idea of their involvement “unfathomable.” Read the list yourself. (And note that it is the website’s most popular article.)
Then check out another Dead Pool list that adds names from more recent years. Sure, with some the connection is tenuous. Some even bogus. But all of them? Are all of them mere coincidences? Should we take that on faith? On the word of an ex-president disbarred for committing perjury?
How in the world is it then “baseless” for Trump to look that direction?
All Speculation Aside, Barr is Investigating
Still, let’s grant Bill and Hillary the presumption of innocence conservatives are never afforded.
The good news is Attorney General William Barr is promising to get to the bottom of it. Barr on Monday described himself as “appalled and angry” over Jeffrey Epstein’s death. He insisted that the investigation goes on. Even as he spoke, FBI agents were scouring Epstein’s private “orgy island” where so many of his crimes took place.
Barr also put DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the case. That’s the same man investigating the FBI/DOJ’s complicity in the Trump-Russia Hoax. (Which definitely has the Clinton’s fingerprints, handprints and footprints all over it.)
Remember Barr’s promise: “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.”
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream and co-author, with @JZmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl. And if you aren’t already, please follow The Stream at @Streamdotorg.