In a new video ad, the anti-Trump Republicans behind The Lincoln Project have spoken out against President Donald Trump’s well wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently arrested over her role in the sex crimes perpetrated by Jeffrey Epstein. Trump, Maxwell, and Epstein have been photographed together in the past, and at a press conference earlier this week, Trump said that he “just wish[es] her well, frankly,” when asked about Maxwell. In their new video, The Lincoln Project compares Trump’s comments with a description from authorities of the role that Maxwell had in Epstein’s sex crimes. She helped lure teenage girls to Epstein, and in some cases, she participated in the abuse herself — and the president wishes her well.
Check out The Lincoln Project’s video below:
Epstein. Maxwell. Trump. pic.twitter.com/UVr8bmCIoh
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 24, 2020
Infamously, speaking to New York Magazine in 2002, Trump called Epstein himself a “terrific guy.” He said:
‘I’ve known Jeff for 15 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.’
Epstein was criminally charged for his sex crimes just about four years later, in 2006 — not long at all after Trump’s comments.
More recently, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has offered a bizarre at best excuse for the president’s well wishes to Maxwell. She claimed, in part, that he meant that he hoped she didn’t die in prison like Epstein did, thus thwarting the progression of the case against him. If Trump meant that he hopes Maxwell didn’t die in prison and thus had a chance to be brought to justice — then why didn’t he just say so? That’s not a complicated concept.
During a Fox appearance, McEnany claimed:
‘What the president was noting is that the last person who was charged in this case ended up dead in a jail cell, and the president wants justice served for victims in this case, and he prefers this to play out in a courtroom.’
Again — if that’s what he meant, then why didn’t he just say so?
Check out Twitter’s response to The Lincoln Project below: