Donald Trump’s old friend Jeffrey Epstein died today while in the custody of Donald Trump’s Department of Justice. The “apparent suicide” made for bad optics for Trump to say the least, particularly after he already appeared to be involved in a coverup which saw him giving a cabinet job to the former federal prosecutor who let Epstein off the hook the first time. So what does Trump have to say for himself?
It took Donald Trump half a day to say anything, suggesting he was either unsure of what to say, or he was too busy cheating at golf. By the time he finally did perk up, it was to attack Bill Maher and China, before suggesting that Bill Clinton somehow had Epstein killed. No really, he said this. But after receiving overwhelming negative feedback for it, Trump seemed to think he needed to change course. So late this evening, Trump tried to change the subject by attacking – of all people – the Mooch:
Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on “President Trump.” Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me. other than the fact that this Administration has probably done more than any other Administration in its first 2 1/2 years of existence. Anthony, who would do anything to come back in, should remember the only reason he is on TV, and it’s not for being the Mooch!
This came more than a fully day after Scaramucci went on television and (correctly) labeled Donald Trump’s trip to El Paso and Dayton a “disaster.” Not that it much matters. The point is that Trump is now knee deep in a Jeffrey Epstein scandal that gets uglier by the minute for everyone involved, and he’s more interested in spending his time hurling insults at a guy he fired.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report