"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
While we would like to think that we can avoid rejection from the world, we cannot. However, it is not the world that will save us from ourselves—it is our heavenly Father. And His acceptance is eternal.
Perhaps we feel rejected because someone strongly dislikes what we thought was a good idea. Or maybe rejection comes from our kids or our parents. We struggle to understand why they refuse to accept us.
Whenever those feelings persist, we must recognize and refute them. Jesus understands our feelings of rejection. However, it was His death and resurrection that led to our eternal acceptance. Once we refute those feelings of rejection, it is important to affirm what God speaks over us. In His unfailing love for us, God says this:
We are unconditionally loved. He never leaves or forsakes His children. He will forever stand by us.
We are completely forgiven. God does not hold our sins over our heads. “This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10 nasb).
We are totally accepted. Gaining God’s acceptance is simple: accept His love and forgiveness for our lives. We are complete in Christ. Our searching ends once we enter into relationship with the Lord. Nothing else will ever satisfy us like He does.
Lord, I sometimes feel rejected by people in my life. But I know that in You I have received unconditional love and acceptance.
My heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind. I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
Nebuchadnezzar thought he had it all. He didn’t need God; he ruled all of Babylon, and all of its finery was at his absolute disposal.
The disturbing dream that Daniel interpreted for him had not come true; he certainly wasn’t living as an animal yet. He stood on the roof of his palace, soaking in the scenery with pleasure. He said aloud with pride: “Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built?” (Dan. 4:30 nasb).
The moment the words left his mouth, Nebuchadnezzar knew he’d gone too far. He felt himself drop to his knees. He scrambled about on all fours and ate grass like a cow. No one would come near the wild man with shaggy hair and fingernails like sharp birds’ claws.
Seven years later, at the end of the punishment period God prescribed, the king looked up at the heavens and began giving praise to God. For the once proud ruler, recognizing the truth of God’s sovereignty brought him literal freedom from his beastly affliction.
When you do not acknowledge the Lord’s right to use your life and possessions as He sees fit, God is grieved. Because He loves you, He wants you to honor Him and be submissive to His plans. The king who learned the hard way grasped a tough lesson: “His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride” (Dan. 4:37 nasb).
Precious Lord, take it—this plague of pride. I want to be set free from it because it is one of the things You hate. Let me walk humbly before You.
 Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 198). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
J. I. Packer writes of the significance of the fatherhood of God in his book Knowing God:
“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child and having God as his father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity well at all.”
Christianity is about family relationship. Once estranged from the fatherly love and presence of God, the believer is adopted into God’s household and interacts with holy God as his heavenly Father. No other religion in the world offers this endearing personal affection.
When you come to God in prayer, you approach a Father who hears the heartbeat of His children and delights in giving them good and wholesome gifts (Matt. 6:6; 7:11).
Your basic needs for a productive, meaningful life on earth are provided by a gracious, caring Father who promises to provide for you, freeing you from distracting worry and draining fears (Matt. 6:24–34). Correction and discipline for the times you sin and err are administered not by a stern celestial sergeant, but a firm, loving, and wise Father who seeks your best interests (Heb. 12:7–11). The great love of the Father is amazingly yours.
Heavenly Father, help me respond properly to Your correction and discipline. Thank You for Your love that seeks my best interests.
Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken offense to being labeled a liar over her confirmed lies.
On Friday former House Speaker Newt Gingrich published a scathing op-ed excoriating her for lying about virtually everything.
“It took Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s visit to the border — and her dishonest comments afterward — to help me understand how profoundly vicious, cruel and dishonest she is,” he wrote.
“When you look at the larger picture, it is clear that Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is eager and determined to undermine and destroy America as we have known it. When your goals are that radical, lying is simply part of the game. When you despise American values and find the American people ‘deplorable’ and contemptible, lying is perfectly natural.”
The op-ed was published days after AOC and her freshmen peers stormed through several U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilitates along the border like they owned the place and proceeded to propagate a hash of easily debunked lies about what they’d allegedly seen.
In response to Gingrich’s piece, MSNBC talking head Joe Scarborough suggested that the piece was an indictment of President Donald Trump, not the young congresswoman.
“While trying to attack @AOC, Newt unwittingly writes a scathing indictment of Donald J. Trump,” he wrote in a tweet shortly after the publication of the former House speaker’s piece.
While trying to attack @AOC, Newt unwittingly writes a scathing indictment of Donald J. Trump:
“When your goals are that radical, lying is simply part of the game. When you despise American values, lying is perfectly natural.”
The tweet was disingenuous, given that unlike Ocasio-Cortez’s goals — which include abolishing U.S. Customs and Border Protection and basically dismantling American society — the president’s agenda is fairly moderate. Even the far-left blog HuffPost has admitted that Trump’s been “governing like a traditional Republican,” not some insane radical.
AOC picked up on and retweeted Scarborough’s tweet shortly thereafter. She made sure to include a sarcastic, disingenuous reply of her own.
“Ah yes, now Newt & the GOP are resorting to calling me a liar,” she wrote.”Who else do they call liars? – 96% of scientists who agree on climate change – Millions of Americans they locked up in the War on Drugs – #MeToo survivors.”
“So I’ll take it as a compliment. Thanks.”
Ah yes, now Newt & the GOP are resorting to calling me a liar.
Who else do they call liars?
– 96% of scientists who agree on climate change
– Millions of Americans they locked up in the War on Drugs
– #MeToo survivors
This was a clear-cut attempt to conflate wildly separate issues — and a poor attempt, at that.
Regarding scientists, nobody on the right has accused them of being liars. What they have done is push back on the claim by left-wing activists that 97 percent (not 96 percent) of scientists believe climate change is a man-made phenomenon.
Regarding the war on drugs, Republican President Donald Trump is responsible is responsible for signing into law the First Step Act, a bill “aimed at righting racial disparities in drug sentencing,” according to The New York Times.
And regarding #MeToo survivors, a plethora of alleged survivors have in fact been proven to be liars or hucksters, including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
As for the president’s latest accuser, E. Jean Carroll, she destroyed her own credibility by making increasingly wild statements, including the claim that Americans think rape is sexy and the unapologetic admission that she used to sexually harass deceased former Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
What AOC has done is taken three separate issues completely out of context and used them to try and discredit the right’s accusation that she’s a liar. Much like every other lie she’s told, it seems so disingenuous.
-“96% of scientists” is a misleading statistics from a SMALL sample size
-Dem favorite Kamala Harris kept inmates locked up over petty drug crimes for cheap labor
And YOUR party made a joke out of sexual assault by using false accusations to take down people you disagree with
This, of course, is her whole shtick, as noted last week by conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh.
“After a while, your gig gets old, your schtick no longer shocks, and so you have to keep crossing new lines,” he explained on his program this Wednesday. “And that’s all she’s doing. She’s addicted to getting noticed.”
“Now she runs down there and starts trashing and lying about conditions at the border,” Limbaugh continued. “And the people who administer the people who come into this country illegally. Flat-out lies that the detainees are being forced to drink out of toilets.”
As demonstrated by CBP Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal in a video uploaded to Twitter on Thursday, detained illegal aliens are not being forced to drink water from toilets. Nor is there anything wrong with the sink water they have access to while in detention:
Limbaugh’s point about Ocasio-Cortez’s “gig” getting old was that she’s been lying from the very beginning. It’s a point that was echoed by former Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw during a Fox News interview last Tuesday.
“She’s getting bolder with her lies. … Remember, first there was no crisis at all,” he said to host Martha MacCallum. “Then it was a manufactured crisis, then it was a crisis completely created by Trump, then there were concentration camps, then people are Nazis. Now she’s saying border patrol agents harassed her and forced migrants to drink out of toilets.”
“This is insanity!” he added.
Listen to the whole interview below:
The bottom line is that Ocasio-Cortez is a liar — and no amount of snarky remarks and disingenuous conflations will alter this easily verifiable fact.
66-year-old hedge fund manager and convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday on multiple counts of alleged sex trafficking and abuse of minors. The billionaire, who received a slap on the wrist sentence for his previous conviction, and is seen by many as a symbol of the corruption of the US criminal justice system.
Little Black Book of Presidents, Rock Stars and Royalty
The list of politicians, monarchs, and celebrities who once called Epstein friends or attended his parties is staggering, with 97 pages from an address book submitted in court in 2015 including the names, phone numbers, home addresses and email addresses of some of the most powerful and influential people in the world.
Featuring prominently in the contact details was former US President Bill Clinton and members of his staff, for whom Epstein had a total of 21 numbers. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who had a public friendship with Epstein, was also on this list, with 16 separate phone numbers for the prince and another 18 for Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.
Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana and daughter Ivanka were also listed in Epstein’s phonebook, with Trump himself known to have attended parties at the billionaire’s estates in the 1990s. In 2002, Trump told New York Magazine Epstein was “a lot of fun to be with” and that “he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Prince Andrew is seen with Virginia Roberts during a visit to New York with Andrew’s friend and alleged “pimp” Jeffrey Epstein
Other high-profile names in the book included members of the Kennedy family, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles, former US senator George Mitchell, billionaires Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch, designer Tom Ford, rock stars Mick Jagger and Courtney Love, movie stars Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Elizabeth Hurley, journalist Barbara Walters, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, along with many others.
Some celebrities, including journalists Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos and film director Woody Allen, were known to have attended parties hosted by Epstein even after he was released from jail following his sex crimes conviction in 2008. In 2015, flight logs from Epstein’s private plane, which made regular trips to his private island in the US Virgin Islands, were shown to have flown in other big names to the billionaire’s homes, including well-known attorney Alan Dershowitz, model Naomi Campbell, and former Treasury Secretary and Harvard president Larry Summers.
Slap on the Wrist Jail Term
In 2008, Epstein made a plea deal with Florida prosecutors, pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from a single underage girl and sentenced to 18 months in prison following a years-long FBI investigation. He went on to serve only 13 months of the sentence, was allowed to leave jail six days a week for work, and was held at a private wing of his Florida prison. After his release, he was subject to a year of house arrest, but allowed to fly back and forth to and from his properties along the Eastern Seaboard.
More Allegations Emerge, Along With Plea Deal Details
In 2015, a 31-year-old woman named Virginia Roberts signed a sworn affidavit stating that she had been held as a ‘sex slave’ by Epstein between 1999 and 2002, beginning when she was 17 years old, and that she had been peddled by the billionaire to several of his friends, including Prince Andrew and Dershowitz. After months of media controversy, Epstein made an out-of-court settlement with Roberts, who accused the FBI of a “major cover-up” to protect Epstein and his friends.
In late 2018, the Miami Herald published a groundbreaking investigation accusing Secretary of Labour Alexander Acosta, who served as the US Attorney for Southern Florida during Epstein’s plea-bargaining negotiations in 2008, of lenient treatment in the billionaire’s plea deal and incarceration.
According to the Herald, Acosta “didn’t just buckle under pressure from Epstein’s lawyers” during the 2008 plea deal agreement, but “worked with them to contain the case –even as the FBI was uncovering evidence of a wider sex trafficking operation.”
Crucially, the newspaper noted, the deal enabled Epstein to avoid federal charges, immunized all co-conspirators from prosecution, and allowed him to settle lawsuits from his close to three dozen alleged victims. Before the deal was reached, the FBI reportedly compiled a 53-page indictment on Epstein’s sex crimes which would have been enough to send him to prison for life.
Donald Trump speaking of his longtime friend Jeffrey Epstein in 2002: “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It’s even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” pic.twitter.com/93DktcH9ln
In early 2019, the Department of Justice announced an investigation into the Epstein case, ruling his non-prosecution agreement unconstitutional. Late last month, the DoJ ultimately rejected efforts to throw the plea deal out, upholding its validity.
However, on Saturday night, Epstein was arrested in New York and accused of the trafficking and abuse of dozens of girls he knew were underage at his homes in New York State and Florida between 2002 and 2005. The new indictment against him will be opened in court on Monday.
Attorney David Boies, who represents several of Epstein’s accusers, said Saturday’s arrest has “been a long time coming,” and that it is “an important step toward getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise.”
And in 144 of them, Christians are persecuted, according to a report commissioned by the British government.
There is widespread evidence showing that “today, Christians constitute by far the most widely persecuted religion,” the report said.
It found that “Christians have been harassed in more countries than any other religious group and have suffered harassment in many of the heavily Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa.”
There are some 245 million Christians living in the top 50 countries for persecution and they suffer “high levels” or worse. Previously, only one country, North Korea, was classified as having “extreme” persecution. Now there are 11 countries.
Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, noted “persecution against Christians and other non-Muslims is not about the ethnicity, race or skin color of either the perpetrators or the victims; it is about their religion.”
In Africa, he said, “various Islamist groups and individuals are attacking and attempting to annihilate Christians for being Christian. If these crimes are not stopped, it is highly likely that the fate of the African Continent will be like that of the Middle East: Once it was a majority-Christian region; now, Christians are a tiny, dying, defenseless minority.”
The FCO is the nation’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The bishop, the Rt. Rev. Philip Mounstephen, explained: “The Independent Review was announced at Christmas and this Interim Report is published in the Easter season. Both of these great festivals remind us that weakness and vulnerability are at the heart of the Christian faith. Jesus Christ was born into poverty and laid in a feeding-trough. He died as a victim of persecution himself. Given that, it is hardly surprising that many of his followers today count among the weakest and most vulnerable people on the planet. It is to them, to their needs and to their support, that this Interim Report is dedicated.”
He wrote that in addition to Christians being the most targeted, “the evidence suggests that acts of violence and other intimidation against Christians are becoming more widespread.”
The report said that “in some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguable coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide.”
It said the “eradication of Christians and other minorities on pain of ‘the sword’ or other violent means was revealed to be the specific and stated objective of extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, northeast Nigeria and the Philippines.”
“An intent to erase all evidence of the Christian presence was made plain by the removal of crosses, the destruction of church buildings and church symbols,” the report said.
“The killing and abduction of clergy represented a direct attack on the church’s structure and leadership. Where these and other incidents meet the tests of genocide, governments will be required to bring perpetrators to justice, aid victims and take preventative measures for the future.”
Christianity, in fact, “now faces the possibility of being wiped out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back further. In Palestine, Christian numbers are below 1.5 percent, in Syria the Christian population has declined from 1.7 million in 2011 to below 450,000 and in Iraq, Christian numbers have slumped from 1.5 million before 2003 to below 120,000 today.”
In some parts of the world, “extrajudicial killings and the enforced and involuntary disappearance of Christians are also widespread,” the report said.
Bulut cited the destruction of a Christian school by Muslims in Uganda, a church in Niger burned by Muslims and terror attacks in Burkina Faso that left 29 Christians dead.
In one incident, the assailants “asked the Christians to convert to Islam but the pastor and the others refused.”
“They ordered them to gather under a tree and took their Bibles and mobile phones. Then they called them, one after the other, behind the church building where they shot them dead.”
He said that terrorist groups are not the only sources of persecution in Africa as many Muslim governments and individuals also target Christians.
A powerful combination of sociological and demographic forces are propelling Texas from one of the reddest states in the union into a swing blue state.
I am old enough to remember when California was a rock-solid Red State that helped usher Ronald Reagan into the White House back in 1980, and yes, Reagan was the first person I ever voted for. But here in the 21st century, California is a dystopian Liberal state that more and more is coming to resemble a Third World country than the fabled Golden State lauded in stories, songs and movies. You find that a lot in states that are dominated by Liberals and Leftist policies. Now Texas, already a purple state, is flirting with finishing the job of putting lace on the cowboy’s britches.
When Liberals take power, things get bad pretty fast. We’ve already reported to you how California is trying to pass ACR-99, which would make telling gay people about the Biblea crime. Right now, California middle schools are teaching 10-year olds how to use condoms and engage in sodomy. Both the Democrats and the LGBTQ+ are making huge gains in the Lone Star State. If Texas continues its downward trajectory, Trump will have his work cut out for him in 2020.
Dallas to install LGBTQ-themed rainbow crosswalks in Oak Lawn
Ten rainbow crosswalks are set to come to Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood, the historic heart of the city’s LGBTQ scene. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the crosswalk project as a small part of $1.4 million in street improvements on Cedar Springs Road between Douglas and Oak Lawn avenues.
But the colorful walkways will send a big message, said council member Omar Narvaez, who is openly gay.
“We will be showing not just the residents of Dallas but the entire world that the city of Dallas is a welcoming community,” he said.
Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, who represents Oak Lawn, said the street improvements also will include a gateway monument that identifies the neighborhood with rainbow lights. Cedar Springs has long served as the city’s safe space for LGBTQ residents. Until this year, the road was home to the city’s pride parade. READ MORE
Texas May Be ‘Blue Enough’ To Give Trump Trouble In 2020
FROM THE HILL: There is a significant and growing probability that Texas will become the most consequential swing state in presidential and senatorial elections to come. A campaign in the Lone Star State could cost President Trump the White House next year, even if Texas voters will ultimately choose him.
A powerful combination of demographic forces are propelling Texas from one of the reddest states in the union into a swing state. Democrats will likely make an outside play in Texas ahead of 2020, along with a full run for its projected 41 electoral votes. Texas also stands to gain three seats in Congress after the next census, making it a crucial state for both parties.
Texas demographics today are strikingly similar to those of California in 1990, before Democrats began their seven to nothing streak of Golden State victories in presidential races. Like California in 1990, the Texas population currently hovers around 29 million and is changing rapidly in light of heavy immigration from Mexico. The second generation children of Mexican immigrants have played a major role in keeping California out of Republican reach. This same transformation is taking root in Texas.
Immigration has already had a very tangible impact on Texas politics. While illegal immigrants cannot vote, their children born in the United States are indeed citizens and make up a significant share of the new generation of voters in the southern state. There are around 35 percent of Texans under the age of 18 who are the children of immigrants, a figure that has nearly doubled in the last 30 years. This carries weight.
Young Texas voters overwhelmingly turned out for Beto O’Rourke over incumbent Ted Cruz in the Senate race last year. O’Rourke beat Cruz with 18 year olds to 24 year olds by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent and with 25 year olds to 29 year olds by a margin of 73 percent to 26 percent. O’Rourke also outperformed the traditional edge Democrats already have among Texas Latino voters by a wide margin of 64 percent to 35 percent.
With these second generation Mexican Americans strongly supporting Democrats at the polls, Texas changing to a purple state could not happen at a more inconvenient time for Trump. His margin in the state in 2016 was the smallest for a Republican nominee since the poor showing of Bob Dole in Texas in 1996. Considering the immense and enduring new wave of left leaning voters that O’Rourke attracted, there is a real chance that Texas will be close enough in 2020 that Republicans cannot take it for granted. READ MORE
Tucker: Voter fraud benefits Democrats, why they want Texas
Overnight, ABC News and The Washington Post released a poll that they probably didn’t want to see. According to their findings, President Trump’s job approval rating surged five points among “voting age Americans” to 44 percent since April, the highest their poll had ever uncovered. But, there was even better news for the President that went unreported during ABC’s Good Morning America on Sunday.
In The Post’s reporting on the poll, they admitted that “among registered voters” Trump’s job approval also surged five points to 47 percent, while Trump’s disapproval fell four points to 50 percent. The distinction between the two numbers was that the latter regarded the people more likely to vote in an election.
Despite that five-point jump, ABC was intent on spinning the rest of the findings as a bad sign for the President going forward. According to correspondent Rachel Scott:
If President Donald Trump decides to get out of politics someday he could have a future in the predictions game.
After the arrest of convicted pedophile and alleged sex slave trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on Saturday many are wondering what involvement, if any, former President Bill Clinton had.
But President Trump is not wondering, because, at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, he made his prediction when asked about the former president.
“Nice guy, got a lot of problems coming up, in my opinion, with the famous island with Jeffrey Epstein,” he said at the event.
Epstein’s arrest came after a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday decided to uncover the details of his sordid sex secrets, The New York Daily News reported.
An Appeals Court has ordered that potentially explosive documents linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case be unsealed, while asking the media to “exercise restraint.”
In a 27-page decision, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the public’s right of access to court papers overrides the privacy concerns of certain individuals.
The records will not be made public immediately. Mystery litigants in favor of keeping them sealed have roughly two weeks to file a formal request asking that all the 2nd Circuit judges consider their arguments.
Should Epstein serve life in prison?
The documents were filed in a mostly-secret case pitting alleged Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre against the multi-millionaire’s alleged madam, Ghislane Maxwell.
The contentious case is believed to feature salacious allegations about the sex habits of Epstein’s famous friends. The disgraced hedge fund manager once socialized with the likes of Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and President Trump. He was allowed to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution, despite evidence of an international sex trafficking operation.
The decision and arrest came more than a decade after Epstein got a sweetheart deal to avoid major prison time for his crimes.
But what many have overlooked is that former President Bill Clinton, along with celebrities like Kevin Spacey, were on Epstein’s plane, named the Lolita Express more than two dozens times.
And what is more, when they took the plane to Epstein’s private island, the former president ditched his Secret Service protection, Fox News reported.
“[T]rips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including ‘Tatiana,’” it said.
“The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.”
“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile,” Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking spokesperson Conchita Sarnoff said. “Why would a former president associate with a man like that?
Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on fresh sex trafficking charges has ignited a media war, with outlets on each side of the spectrum rushing to tie their political opponents to the notorious pedophile.
Having already served 13 months in an ‘open-door’ prison for abusing scores of underage girls after striking a non-prosecution agreement in 2007, Epstein was arrested in New York on Saturday evening. Facing one count of sex trafficking of minors and another of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors, the 66-year-old could serve up to 45 years behind bars if convicted.
The sealed indictment reportedly details a litany of molestation, abuse, and trafficking of dozens of girls, some as young as 14.
A rich and connected man, Epstein rubbed shoulders with presidents, business moguls, Hollywood stars, and even British royalty. In the wake of his arrest, partisan media outlets jumped at the chance to tie their opponents to the disgraced billionaire.
Left-leaning Newsweek called Epstein a “longtime friend” of President Donald Trump, while Raw Story called him a “Trump pal.”The Independent described him as a “former friend of Trump,” while the Huffington Post highlighted a 2002 quote by Trump calling Epstein a “terrific guy” who likes his women “on the younger side.”
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” – Donald Trump, 2002 https://t.co/3pbKrcFdn6
The sex offender was a regular at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club for several years. Trump also reportedly hitched a ride from Florida to New York at least once on his private jet, according to a 2009 deposition from Epstein’s brother Mark. Though Trump’s legal team have insisted the president knew nothing of his horrifying behavior, Trump barred his supposed “friend” from Mar-a-Lago after he discovered “Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” according to court documents filed by Florida lawyer Bradley Edwards.
After news broke on Saturday, the right had accusations of their own. In a mirror image of the left’s coverage, PJ Media called Epstein “Bill Clinton’s billionaire friend.” Fox News also described him as “friends” with Bill Clinton, while the Gateway Pundit went a step further, claiming without evidence that Epstein flew Clinton to “Orgy Island,” a private island off the coast of Puerto Rico where the billionaire allegedly carried out much of his abuse.
A host of conservative commentators on Twitter also shouted the connection.
A lot of Epstein supporters are saying that Trump was Epstein’s friend.
But they won’t follow up their tweets that Clinton flew down to Orgy Island with Epstein
Stories of Clinton’s supposedly sordid connection with Epstein have circulated on the right for years. Fox News revealed in 2016 that Clinton had flown on Epstein’s jet – dubbed the “Lolita Express,” at least 26 times, reportedly ditching his secret service detail for at least five of these flights. A former pilot told a Florida court in 2009 that Clinton had indeed flown on the plane “ten or twenty times,” while one of Epstein’s alleged accomplices pleaded the fifth when asked if she had seen Clinton aboard the Boeing 727.
Such allegations surfaced during the 2016 presidential race. In a bid to throw dirt at Hillary Clinton, then-Chairman of the Republican National Convention Reince Priebus demanded records of Bill Clinton’s encounters with the sex criminal.
“When you hang out with a guy who has a reputation like Jeffrey Epstein, multiple times, on private jets, on weekends, on trips, on places at least where it’s been reported not very good things happen, it would be good to know what our former president was doing,” Priebus told Bloomberg in 2015.
For the moment, Epstein’s downfall has not brought with it any household names from the worlds of politics, business, and entertainment. However, as the case against him progresses, the embattled pedophile could come under pressure to give up friends on either side to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison.