Social media users on Thursday rediscovered a 2015 tweet from comedian Bill Maher, in which he references billionaire hedge-fund manager Jeffrey Epstein and former President Bill Clinton.
Epstein has dominated headlines since he was arrested on Saturday for allegedly sexually exploiting underage girls.
The tweet from Maher, which came just as the 2016 presidential election was heating up and Hillary Clinton was embroiled in an email scandal, alludes to the former president’s trips to Epstein’s private island, which has been the subject of scandalous rumors and variously described as “Pedophile” and “Orgy” island.
“Hillary’s emails? I want to see Bill’s: Hey, Epstein, gas up the plane, let’s go to Sex Island! I want to be balls deep in Russian whore soon!” Maher said in the March 2015 tweet.
Hillary's emails? I want to see Bill's: Hey,Epstein,gas up the plane, let's go to Sex Island! I want to be balls deep in Russian whore soon!
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 6, 2015
Maher Epstein tweet embarrassing for Clinton
Social media users, some of whom appeared to be sympathetic to conspiracy theories such as Q Anon, slammed Maher and Clinton for their seemingly uncomfortably close ties to Epstein.
“You nailed it, Bill but you forgot to specify that it would be an underage Russian whore,” conservative commentator Derek Schwartz said in response to the 2015 tweet.
One user wondered how many Hollywood celebrities and politicians turned a blind eye to the billionaire’s abuses.
This is 2015 tweet. How many in holly-w,politicians watch children suffer? participate? Many ..researching years only to be called crazy! My bad.. that’s C?A’s operation Mockingbird. Yea I get what you do & there’re no tenfold hats !! All will be EXPOSED! AWAKE yet PEOPLE?
— Elizabeth Fliehr (@EFliehr) July 10, 2019
Another speculated that prison time could be in Maher’s future.
I see bars, and I don’t mean nightclubs in your future. I see orange suits and lots of other convicts…
— ?☀️Karen☀️??? (@KarenMonsour12) July 11, 2019
The case against Jeffrey Epstein
In a statement Monday, Clinton’s spokesperson denied that the former president was close the billionaire sex offender.
“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” the statement read. “In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.”
The statement was met with widespread skepticism, with several commenters pointing out that Clinton’s assertion that he took a “total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” appeared to contradict official Federal Aviation Administration flight logs.
Records obtained by Fox News in 2016 showed that Clinton took at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s private jet, which the media has nicknamed the “Lolita Express.”
Epstein was arrested on Saturday, and he pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that, between 2002 and 2005, he sexually abused dozens of girls as young as 14 at his mansions in New York and Palm Beach. Soon thereafter, it was revealed that agents discovered an “extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially-nude young women or girls” during a weekend search of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.
A probable cause complaint urging Epstein be charged with unlawful sex with minors was filed by Palm Beach police in 2006. The complaint led a grand jury to indict him on solicitation of prostitution charges, to which Epstein pleaded not guilty.
Epstein eventually agreed to plead guilty to two charges of felony prostitution that would see him serve 13 months of an 18-month prison term and register as a sex offender. He was also released to work in his office during the day for six days a week.
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