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His old pal Epstein

Trump knew Epstein back in the day. Is there more to know about their time together?

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Mugshots of Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump (Epstein photo by State of Florida [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons; Trump photo by Fulton County Sheriff’s Office via AP Images)

Donald Trump has never cared what the fallout of conspiracy theories have been — as long as they benefited him. Trump may not have planned to have his raging minions kill Vice President Mike Pence, but he’s yet to express any remorse or even pity. Trump expressed the same indifference on the effect of his false conspiracy-laden tirades against judges, prosecutors, jurors, and witnesses in all of his trials. Indifference to the harm to others is a feature, not a bug. 

When someone varies from his longtime practice, I always perk right up. Something’s going on. Which is probably why this exchange during Trump’s long, rambling June 2 interview on Fox & Friends Weekend was cut short by Fox News on its broadcast. You be the judge of why Trump suddenly feels compassion for the predators involved with the late Jeffrey Epstein.

Philip Bump of The Washington Post lays out the exchange:

RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY: Would you declassify the Epstein files?

TRUMP: Yeah, yeah, I would. I guess I would. I think that less so [than 9/11 and the assassination of John F. Kennedy] because, you know, you don’t know — you don’t want to affect people’s lives if it’s phony stuff in there, because it’s a lot of phony stuff with that whole world. 

Hmm. That’s funny. There was a lot of phony stuff in his claim that President Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii. There was even more phony stuff in his insistence that Muslims were inherently violent and not loyal to the United States. There was nothing but phony stuff in his insistence that the 2020 election was stolen from him — as he has publicly admitted.

Yet, now Trump’s heart goes out to the poor benighted souls who might get smeared by the release of any secret files on Epstein.

Or – maybe he’s only worried about one particular soul?


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Ivonne Rovira

Ivonne is the research director for Save Our Schools Kentucky. She previously worked for The Miami Herald, the Miami News, and The Associated Press. (Read the rest on the Contributors page.)