WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday retweeted an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that former President Bill Clinton was in some way responsible for the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, hours after reports of the financier’s jail-house suicide.
The president retweeted a post by comedian and Trump backer Terrence Williams who said Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton” and was now dead.
Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 10, 2019
I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this!
RT if you’re not Surprised#EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily pic.twitter.com/Y9tGAWaAxX
“I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this!” Williams wrote.
Williams is part of a troupe called the Deplorables, which bills itself as “an uproarious comedy show for conservative thinkers” known for “unabashedly mocking liberals.”
Trump, who’s spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., also retweeted a post that referenced a claim by Epstein accuser Virginia Guiffre that Clinton visited the private island owned by Epstein, who was a Clinton donor. A spokesman for Clinton has previously denied the former president ever visited Epstein’s island.
The Twitter account that sent the post, BNL News, is unverified and “run by independent journalists.”
Trump, a former friend of Epstein, has sought in recent weeks to distance himself from the accused pedophile as more allegations of sexual abuse surfaced. The president said in July that he had a falling-out with Epstein but declined to explain the circumstances — the reason doesn’t make any difference,” he said — and repeated that he hasn’t spoken to Epstein in 15 years.
The president said he’d thrown Epstein out of his Mar-a-Lago club in West Palm Beach, Fla., and that he’d never visited Epstein’s Little St. James Island in the Caribbean, a place that locals call “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island.”
In July, Alexander Acosta, who served as Trump’s Secretary of Labor, resigned amid heightened scrutiny of his handling of earlier sexual misconduct charges against Epstein while serving as a US attorney in Florida. Acosta signed off on a lenient plea deal with Epstein that allowed him to resolve the earlier charges by serving 13 months in a county jail and registering as a sex offender.