Donald Trump’s old friend Jeffrey Epstein has died in jail from what the SDNY is dubbing an “apparent suicide.” There are those who believe Epstein may have indeed finished himself off, and then there are those who suspect Epstein may have been taken down by the rich and powerful people whose secrets he held. You can count “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough among the latter.
After Jeffrey Epstein’s death was reported, Joe Scarborough – whose weekday morning MSNBC show doesn’t air on Saturdays – took to Twitter to express his initial reactions. Suffice it to say that he sees something amiss. He ended up tweeting this missive:
“A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably…Russian. He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bullshit. Powerful Democratic and Republican figures breathing a huge sigh of relief—as well as a Harvard professor or two.”
What stands out is that you don’t usually hear MSNBC hosts jumping straight to the ugliest interpretation of still-unfolding evidence. So did Morning Joe jump the gun, or is he on to something? Perhaps more importantly, will he still be talking like this by the time he’s back on MSNBC on Monday morning, or will he edit his thoughts to make them “safe” enough for television?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report