2019-08-12 14:43:451 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
It seems Donald Trump tried to throw any attention off himself, deflect it rather, but all he ended up doing was attracting more attention to himself. It has been widely published that both he and former President Bill Clinton were friends with the late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Yet, now that he committed suicide in jail, Trump is pointing a finger at, not surprisingly, the Clintons.
Conservative comedian Terrence Williams tweeted a video of himself proclaiming that Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were behind Epstein's death, as an old conspiracy theory suggested they were behind another's suicide.
Deputy White House counsel Vince Foster died in July 1993, with his death officially being ruled a suicide after five investigations. He was reportedly distraught over the White House Travel Office controversy and was considering resigning. After his death, conspiracy theories suggested the Clintons were behind his death. Trump threw out this old controversy once again while campaigning in 2016, stating the death was "very fishy."
Despite this, Attorney General William Barr and the Federal Bureau of Prisons have ruled Epstein's death an "apparent suicide while in federal custody in a federal Manhattan prison, charged in New York City and Miami with running a child sex-trafficking ring around 15 years ago.
The video had false information, such as stating Epstein died while on suicide watch. He'd been taken off the watch before his apparent suicide attempt.
While Trump is one to complain about "fake news," he is often quick to spread conspiracy theories that have no evidence to back them up.
During his previous presidential campaign, he spread a theory that linked Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) father to the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy. The senator was running against Trump in the primary at the time. His campaign denied it was true.
After he was elected and just after he took office, Trump accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phone in Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. There is no evidence to suggest this was true.
Additionally, he has repeatedly floated the idea that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. Again, there is no evidence of this.
A senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and longtime friend Lynne Patton also posted about the conspiracy theory on her Instagram account.
"Scrutiny of how Epstein was able to commit suicide is warranted," suggested Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in a tweet. "but the immediate rush to spread conspiracy theories about someone on the 'other side' of partisan divide having him killed illustrates why our society is so vulnerable to foreign disinformation and influence efforts."
A spokesman for Clinton, Angel Ureña, referred to the new conspiracy theory as "ridiculous and of course not true," adding, "And Donald Trump knows it."
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), currently running in the 2020 presidential primary, called Trump's tweet "more recklessness" and "dangerous," telling Jake Tapper of CNN that the president has "been using the Clintons as a means for a lot of his false accusations."
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), also running in 2020, told Tapper Trump is attacking "political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories" and noted it is "bizarre behavior."
He also suggested the president is trying to shift the focus away from the two recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
"He's changing the conversation, and if we allow him to do that, then we will never be able to focus on the true problems, of which he is a part, and make sure that we get to the solutions," said the El Paso native.
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