Donald Trump has had zero problem weighing in on legal cases in the past. He once paid for a front page ad in The New York times calling for the death penalty for a group of black teenagers who had already been exonerated through DNA for rape. If you’re a terrorist, or at least a brown one, Trump will be happy to call for the death penalty against you, too. He’s also demanded that Black Lives Matter protesters be jailed for at least 10 years for destruction of government property, which includes graffiti.
If you’re a white child sex trafficker who happens to be the president’s friend, however, he’ll just wish you well.
Trump tells #AxiosOnHBO that he stands by his comments wishing alleged child sex trafficker and Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell well.
“I wish her well. I'd wish you well. I'd wish a lot of people well.” pic.twitter.com/1MRxyqzCLk
— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020
In an ill-fated Axios interview, Jonathon Swan asked Trump about his previous statements of kindness toward child sex trafficker, child rapist, and girlfriend of child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell. It was a shock to hear the actual president of the United States dismissing the same crime he insisted all immigrant families should be separated and jailed for just in case their children were brought in for the purposes of trafficking. In the interview with Swan, Trump said of Maxwell:
‘She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I would wish you well. I would wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody was guilty.’
Trump excused his friendly tone toward a child sex abuser by saying that he never wishes ill against people, but the interview was released just one day after Trump publicly called for the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one half of the terrorist group who attacked other Americans at the Boston Marathon. In other words, Trump has no problem calling out the criminals he doesn’t like, but all his friends are innocent and being treated unfairly.
‘Her boyfriend died in jail, and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen. Was it suicide, was he killed? And I do wish her well. I’m not looking for anything bad for her. I’m not looking bad for anybody.’
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) August 4, 2020
The president expressed fear that Maxwell would meet a similar fate as her longtime boyfriend, Epstein, who was either killed or committed suicide while in prison awaiting charges. The futures of protesters should be darkened with arrest records and court cases, but a child sex trafficker deserves a fair trial.
‘And people took that and they made it such a big deal, but all it is is her boyfriend died. He died in jail. Was he killed, was it suicide? I do. I wish her well
Trump suggests Jeffrey Epstein might have been killed, defends well wishes for Ghislaine Maxwell https://t.co/k9JqMJ13uc
— CNBC (@CNBC) August 4, 2020
‘I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.’
Swan: "Mr. President, Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested on allegations of child sex trafficking. Why would you wish such a person well?"
Trump: "First of all, I don't know that."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 4, 2020
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