It was inevitable, really.
Within hours of the news of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide, conspiracists were multiplying by orders of magnitude on how someone with a Who's Who in his contacts could suddenly have hung himself in New York's Metropolitan Correction Center, a federal facility. Just yesterday, the courts had unsealed hundreds of pages of court documents, confirming names we've heard associated with Epstein before (Trump, Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew) and some new names (former NM Governor Bill Richardson) and within 24 hours, Epstein was dead.
It has the makings of a great thriller and ripe for conspiratorial flights of fantasies.
Now, keep in mind, that this wasn't Epstein's first attempt at suicide. He was facing the rest of his life in prison and inmates are notoriously not kind to pedophiles. And despite that previous attempt, Epstein was reportedly not on a suicide watch, for reasons unknown, but a decision made somewhere along the lines of the Department of Justice. The same DOJ headed by Trump appointee Bill Barr.
So perhaps it's odd that QAnon and other conspiratorially-minded right wingers decided that OF COURSE, it had to be the work of those Clintons, eager to silence Epstein since Bill Clinton had flown in Epstein's plane on several occasions (Don't let the pesky fact that this has been out in the public for years bother you). I'm not sure if these conspiracy bozos realize how incredibly incompetent and impotent that makes Trump and Barr that two senior private citizens (one of whom has had major heart issues) and absolutely no power within the judicial system could go around and arrange to make Epstein's death look like a suicide. Especially since the current occupant of the White House has far more questionable connections to Epstein, given the documents released yesterday identify Trump's Florida resort Mar-a-Lago as one of the locations used to recruit victims for Epstein and his friends. (Question: if Hillary Clinton was this all-powerful, why the hell is she not president? Wouldn't that be a fairly basic level of power exertion? I mean, even Putin was able to arrange a superficially legitimate election to make him president.)
It's one thing for randos on Twitter to let their conspiracies run wild. But it's entirely another when they are retweeted by the alleged Commander in Chief:
Keep in mind that Trump's retweeting is absolutely the endorsement by the 45th president. If he disputes something written, he has zero compunction about making a statement arguing against a tweet or a report, as he did with Bill Maher, just minutes earlier:
It's beyond cliche to say this, but just imagine the outrage machine that would get revved up if a Democratic president had dared to retweet some crazy conspiracy like this?