President Donald Trump took time during a press conference to offer well-wishes to accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, who helped billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Now a Republican lawmaker is condemning him for it.
Maxwell and Epstein preyed upon young girls for decades. Epstein infamously died in custody after not killing himself last year and Maxwell was caught and arrested recently.
She has indicated that she might be willing to out some powerful men, which could include Trump himself since he frequently spent time with her and Epstein.
Rather than express disgust with Maxwell and her crimes, Trump wished her well.
“I just wish her well, frankly,” Trump said. “I’ve met her numerous times over the years…I just wish her well, whatever it is.”
Trump’s remarks sparked concern that he may be signalling that he would pardon Maxwell in exchange for her silence.
“The president has nothing to say about a gun-toting madman who just murdered the son of a federal judge. But he takes time out of his press conference to send well wishes to a woman accused of trafficking teenage girls for sex,” a federal prosecutor said, according to Politico. “That’s gross on its face, and in the aftermath of the Stone pardon, it reeks of the president indicating to her that he might reward her if she’ll stay silent about whatever she knows about him.”
Surprisingly, even right-wing extremist Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) condemned Trump’s sickening remark.
This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump. She needs to be severely punished… and justice must be served for the girls she abused. For ALL involved. https://t.co/IslnKso0Gg
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) July 22, 2020
But instead of feeling equally disgusted, Trump supporters attacked Roy.
Isn’t she innocent until proven guilty?
— ??20 Laura 20?? (@GatorGrandma929) July 22, 2020
.Like it or not, @chiproytx, it was his honest answer. And his blunt, often unpopular, honesty is what makes @realDonaldTrump‘s base stick with him. Maybe the typical politician just can’t understand that smart voters can see straight through “politically safe” viewpoints.
— AnnLillianBond (@AnnLillianBond) July 22, 2020
Settle down Chip. She is an innocent citizen at the moment. You wouldn’t want anything/anyone to taint her prosecution, would you. And “wish her well’ isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement. It could simply mean wishing her well in prison for life.
— Scott Moore (@SRMooreSr) July 22, 2020
She hasn’t been convicted of anything yet. Extending grace to people accused of crimes is well within the Christian tradition.
— EdAsante (@EdAsante77) July 22, 2020
Those aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s clear and obvious he is saying he hopes the charges aren’t true and therefore shes ends up okay. Trump clearly would want the worst for her if she committed the worst kind of crimes. Smarten up.
— Boyhowdy (@Boyhowdy19) July 22, 2020
I think that the President was trying to stay neutral in order not to “influence the case”.
— Kp?? ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@BRAIN007) July 22, 2020
Trump supporters are quick to pull the “innocent until proven guilty” line in defense of a pedophile, but had no problem with George Floyd and other unarmed black men being executed by police. This hypocrisy is seriously outrageous and their defense of Trump here is beyond immoral.
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