This morning, President Trump addressed the media from the Oval Office and finally addressed the firestorm of controversy surrounding his Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, for his role in letting notorious billionaire pedophile and accused serial rapist Jeffrey Epstein off the hook while he was a U.S. attorney in 2008.
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s sympathies were with his associate Acosta and not with the dozens of underage girls who were sexually assaulted by Epstein. “I feel very badly, actually, for Sec. Acosta … I feel very badly about that whole situation… I’ve known him as being somebody who works so hard.”
Trump and his team have likely chosen to circle the wagons around Acosta because Trump himself is a known associate of Epstein. The notorious predator was even asked under oath whether or not he had ever “socialized” with Trump with underage girls — and Epstein plead the Fifth.
The President, who once bragged about how Epstein was a “terrific guy” who liked having fun with young women, shifted his position this morning and dismissed him due to a “falling out” with Epstein a long time ago.
Trump shifts gears on Epstein being a "terrific guy"; now says he "was not a fan of his"; says "I had a falling out with [Epstein] a long time ago." pic.twitter.com/RzkcXoQ2tT
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 9, 2019
What the falling out might have been is unknown, but many commentators were instantly reminded of a horrifying passage from the 2016 lawsuit filed by “Jane Doe,” who alleged that Donald Trump raped her at one of Epstein’s parties when she was just thirteen years old.
In the lawsuit, Jane Doe alleges that Trump and Epstein got into a confrontation over who should have been the one to take her virginity:
While the lawsuit was later withdrawn over fear for the victim’s personal safety, many wonder if this appalling incident was the “falling out” that broke the friendship of these two unrepentant sexual predators.
The arrest and long-awaited prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein throws a wild wrench into not only the 2020 race but also is a threat to Trump’s entire presidency. If Epstein gives up his former party buddies in pursuit of a plea deal, God only knows what kind of horrifying and depraved stories he’ll tell — and who might get tossed to the wolves…
A reporter just screamed this question to Trump, loud and clear, while everyone else was silent, “Do you support your friend, Jeffrey Epstein?” Trump said nothing.
— Anita Kumar (@anitakumar01) July 9, 2019