Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a prison cell while waiting to be tried on charges connected to running a sex ring that exploited underage girls, found Donald Trump too reprehensible to associate with, according to recent statements from the late financier’s brother.
Trump and Epstein go way back, and the former president has spoken publicly about their friendship, including one oft-cited quote in which he describes Epstein’s penchant for young girls.
Trump himself has been accused of partaking of Epstein’s services in (allegedly) connecting wealthy men with young female victims, by a woman who said that the real estate mogul raped her at one of Epstein’s properties when she was only 13.
The former president has put a little distance between himself and the owner of a private island popularly known as Pedophile Island, for Epstein and his cronies’ alleged activities there.
His defenders have even touted a ban Trump put into place, barring his longtime buddy from visits to Mar-a-Lago, as evidence that the Captain MAGA wasn’t interested in an association with an accused sex offender.
In truth, though, Trump himself is the subject of a string of sexual assault and rape allegations, and Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, is now saying that the deceased man broke off the friendship over Trump being “a crook.”
The brother says that he was able to watch an interview staged by Steve Bannon in the name of Jeffrey Epstein’s reputation rehabilitation — but in it, the now-deceased man declared that he broke off his friendship with Trump, not the other way around.
“Jeffrey showed me the link to one of these interviews,” Mark Epstein said. “And in that interview, Jeffrey said he stopped hanging out with Trump when he realized Trump was a crook,” Business Insider wrote.
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.