FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
On Saturday, accused human trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Being a firm believer in the idea that there really is no logical floor on the level of bureaucratic incompetence, I’ve never had much of a doubt that it was actual suicide but I was sort of surprised that he had the actual guts to do it. Anyway, the circumstances immediately set off a wave of conspiracy theories or hints of conspiracy theories like this by Joe Scarborough:
A guy named Terrence K. Williams, who is billed as an actor and comedian (full disclosure, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of him before today) sent out his addition to the Epstein suicide oeuvre and Donald Trump retweeted it.
The left, rather predictably, went nuts.
FBI agents are horrified that Trump promoted a baseless conspiracy theory about the death of Jeffrey Epstein, according to BI.
"The last thing investigators need is the president of the United States fanning the flames with these bulls— theories."https://t.co/SrD2gse90v
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 13, 2019
Another baseless conspiracy theory given life by our embarrassment-in-chief. From racist birtherism to accusations of murder by his political opponents, these are the dictatorial actions of an unwell man in no way fit for the office he holds. https://t.co/csdFt8mpXL
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) August 11, 2019
It is unfathomable to me that a President of the United States would retweet this. Literally unfathomable. It would be outrageous for even a member of a local city council, let alone from the person who is to Take Care that the Laws be Faithfully Executed. pic.twitter.com/wx7FCdnmp2
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) August 10, 2019
— R. Saddler 📎🗽🌊🌊🌊 (@Politics_PR) August 13, 2019
We can argue the propriety of Trump doing this. We just aren’t going to argue it with anyone in the media or on the left. In fact, if you pushed the Russia hoax at any point you really need just to put a freakin bag over your head and sit this one out.
These people have spent nearly three years peddling the most ridiculous conspiracy theory to come down the pike since “fire can’t melt steel” was all the rage during the days right after 9/11.
For three years the Steele dossier and ancillary materials have been touted by the left as proof of some grand plot by which Russia engineered the election of Donald Trump by way of $100,000 in Facebook ads and convincing Hillary Clinton to ignore Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Stupid stories were spun involving secret servers giving the Trump campaign direction, of Michael Cohen’s trips to Prague, of Trump cavorting with Russian hookers, of Russians coordinating the theft of Clinton emails with the Trump campaign. These conspiracy theories didn’t rate moral opprobrium, they got a bevy of Pulitzer Prizes for two of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers.
So, lefties, if you want to criticize this, you need to first apologize for your conduct since about September 2016 and retract any statements you made about the Russia hoax. If you can’t do that, well, at least have the decency to just shut up. Because you have no reason to criticize anyone for spreading any conspiracy theory.