Amid media scrutiny surrounding President Donald Trump’s ties to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, liberal journalists resurfaced footage of Trump partying with Epstein and NFL cheerleaders at Mar-a-Lago in 1992.
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” aired the clip early Wednesday morning. Host Mika Brzezinski described the footage in a deadpan voice over.
“[The video] shows the future president surrounded by cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, capturing Trump’s fun-loving bachelor lifestyle for an appearance on Faith Daniels’ NBC talk show,” she said.
Liberal Vox journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted out the “Morning Joe” clip with an accompanying caption:
“Wow. Trump can be seen getting handsy with women in this footage of him partying with Epstein at Mar-a-Lago,” he said.
Wow. Trump can be seen getting handsy with women in this footage of him partying with Epstein at Mar-a-Lago. pic.twitter.com/xhRaaDKLL3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 17, 2019
But it’s not exactly clear how the footage, which shows Trump dancing with consenting adults, is an indictment of the president.
“Libs have become the city council in Footloose”
While some users were critical of Trump, the majority of commenters on social media reacted to Rupar’s tweet by questioning whether the video was really as damning as some in the press made it out to be.
“Quite the bombshell,” quipped conservative commentator Stephen Miller.
“Soooo, he partied in the 90s? No fucking way! So did I!” one commenter tweeted.
“What a Chad, President Trump is awesome,” wrote another user.
And in the thick of the pushback against Rupar, a common theme emerged as various Twitter users compared him to the pearl-clutching residents of the town in the iconic 80s musical drama film, “Footloose.”
Uh oh! Trump is… DANCING! That angry pastor from Footloose is gonna be soooo pissed when he see this video! pic.twitter.com/A7mx7nR6Nn
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) July 17, 2019
“Libs have become the city council in Footloose,” tweeted Washington Free Beacon reporter Brent Scher.
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal
Epstein, 66, was arrested last Saturday, and he pleaded not guilty last 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.
Trump’s apparent efforts over the years to ostracize Epstein and help bring him to justice bely much of the recent reporting on their relationship as potentially damning for the president. Much has been made of old photos of Trump and Epstein together, evidence that they sometimes socialized and reports that Epstein once flew Trump from Florida to New York on one of his planes.
“He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump said at the time. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Trump last week told reporters he “was not a fan” of Mr. Epstein and that the two had a “falling out” and had not spoken for some 15 years.
According to an ongoing lawsuit by Bradley Edwards, an attorney who represents a number of Epstein’s accusers, Trump years ago banned the billionaire financier from Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The reason Edwards gave is that Epstein had “sexually assaulted an underage girls at the resort.”
Edwards claimed that Epstein and his former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, had been using the club to recruit underage girls for sex. When exactly Trump barred Epstein from Mar-a-Lago was unclear. Neither Trump nor Mar-A-Lago had commented on the revelations in the lawsuit.
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