The Jeffrey Epstein story is making me feel all stabby and at the same time, sort of like Columbo, there’s a “just one more thing,” that I don’t get, but I’ll save that to the end.
There’s multiple layers here, and so right up front, I want to say loudly and without hesitation that rape is a non-partisan issue. MAGA twitter is of course screaming about Bill Clinton and trying to do some awful Both Sides thing. If this man (and/or his pals) are raping children, I don’t care who they are, they should get the full punishment of the law.
(One of the worst MAGA-Twitter examples I saw was throwing Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape in everyone’s face, quoting “‘and they let you do it,’ and that’s consent. ” — no, it is not consent and in this case HELL NO. These girls are children, they don’t have a consent to give. MAGA Twitter is the absolute worst.)
But, in looking at what happened with Epstein being treated with kid gloves in Florida, there is a political story here. How the US Attorney (who later became the Labor Secretary) gave Epstein such a sweetheart deal needs much more scrutiny. And given how Donald Trump is a common denominator between Epstein and Acosta, something isn’t smelling right.
One more thing…
And that brings me to the Columbo, “just one more thing” that is bugging me. The reports are talking about vast quantities of pictures (and it’s not clear to me other than the very young girls if anyone else is in these pictures). Why would a billionaire who presumably ran a sex trafficking ring keep pictures unless they are useful to him? It’s not a spank bank. I assume he could procure another victim anytime he wanted. So there’s something else going on here. Why would he keep vast quantities of incriminating evidence?
The speculation on Twitter (again, Twitter is the worst) is going in the blackmail direction, but I fundamentally don’t buy it. Epstein did not blackmail anyone, he doesn’t need the money.
But what if the pictures are insurance policy of a sort?
What if he had a sort of “Dead Man’s Switch” set up that if he gets caught, the pictures would be found, so better not to try to catch him. It’s a dumb QED, but he got arrested and this cache of documentation instantly is found.
I know that one cannot shame the shameless, and as we all know, narcissist men like Trump don’t feel any shame; but they do feel self-preservation. If I am on the right track and there is evidence of these powerful men with underaged girls, that’s prosecutable. It’s not shame, it’s not blackmail, it’s 45-to-life.
And that would get someone like Trump’s attention. See also: Putin.