There’s apparently little if anything that the most fervent of the president’s supporters are unwilling to defend. At a Tuesday press conference, President Donald Trump said that he “wish[ed]… well” to Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman who was recently arrested over her role as an accomplice in the sex crimes perpetrated by Jeffrey Epstein. Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy was among those who spoke out against the president’s comments, and in the comment section of his post on Twitter about the incident, apparent Trump supporters turned out in droves to defend the president.
President Trump said today of Ghislaine Maxwell that he “wish(ed) her well.”
Earlier this month Maxwell was charged in federal court with conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse minors. https://t.co/g2bKCLT1WR
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 22, 2020
Some of the commenters self-confidently talked about how Maxwell should supposedly be considered innocent until proven guilty — but Epstein’s crimes are not in question! This is not some case of petty theft. The president defended a woman with ties to years of documented sex crimes against minors.
Specifically, he said, in reference to Maxwell:
‘I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years… I just wish her well, whatever it is.’
It’s true that Trump has met Maxwell “numerous times” — there’s photographic evidence of it. There are a significant number of photos including Trump, Maxwell, Epstein, or some combination of them and their associates.
One federal prosecutor on Trump's well-wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell:
“in the aftermath of the Stone pardon, it reeks of the president indicating to her that he might reward her if she’ll stay silent about whatever she knows about him." https://t.co/t2TrQuvObm
— Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) July 21, 2020
Meanwhile, in reference to the president’s comments, Rep. Roy said:
‘This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump. She needs to be severely punished… and justice must be served for the girls she abused. For ALL involved.’
This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump. She needs to be severely punished… and justice must be served for the girls she abused. For ALL involved. https://t.co/IslnKso0Gg
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) July 22, 2020
Why on earth is there anyone who would take Roy’s statement as controversial? Obviously Maxwell should face consequences for her actions, which aren’t exactly some big mystery at this point. There have been years of investigations. Yet, that didn’t stop some Trump-supporting commenters like one, Scott Moore, who said that Maxwell “is an innocent citizen at the moment.” Where was all of this “law and order” outrage from Trump supporters when the president and his allies in government were clearing the way for his allies to get off the hook for their crimes?
Settle down Chip. She is an innocent citizen at the moment. You wouldn't want anything/anyone to taint her prosecution, would you. And "wish her well' isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. It could simply mean wishing her well in prison for life.
— Scott Moore (@SRMooreSr) July 22, 2020
Check out some more of the ridiculous replies among some other replies to Roy’s tweet below: