Once again Americans are being described by some American political leaders as merely a putty in Russian hands – specifically, in the hands of their leader, one Vladimir Putin.
Senator Marco Rubio thus took to Twitter on Sunday pushing for this explanation when he dismissed as the work of “Russian bots and trolls” what he referred to as conspiracies targeting “Trump and Clinton” – all of this related to Jeffrey Epstein's death.
#Putin bots & trolls are aggressively pushing hashtags on social media promoting Trump & Clinton conspiracies about #Epstein death.
It's sad (and frightening) to see so many Americans on both sides of partisan unwittingly helping them.
Putin has weaponized our polarization.
Rubio – whom Donald Trump once defeated in the Republican presidential nomination race, to then go on and win the election – said he was “sad and frightened” to see apparently-gullible Americans fall for allegedly wily Russians' “weaponization of our polarization.”
Of course, some might say that blaming Russians for just about any controversy that arises in the United States is a conspiracy theory in its own right – especially when it comes with no evidence.
Be that as it may, Rubio's tweet came hot on the heels of one that Trump retweeted the day before – that seemed to respond to the hashtag #TrumpBodyCount – implying Trump's involvement in Epstein's suspected suicide in jail – and suggesting instead that the blame might lie elsewhere, namely, in the Clinton camp.
Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he's dead
I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this!
RT if you're not Surprised#EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily pic.twitter.com/Y9tGAWaAxX
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 10, 2019
Since some pretty high-profile figures are mentioned as Epstein's acquaintances and fiends – such as former and current US presidents Clinton and Trump, and British Prince Andrew – no wonder his death opened the floodgates for online conspiracies and memes.
Epstein pleaded not guilty last month, and according to the report was “considering cooperating in ‘naming names' in his international sex ring.”
Furthermore, documents were reportedly released last Thursday “for the first time implicating several top Democrats.
Security cameras malfunctioned, suicide watch measures were removed the night before, while overworked prison guards said they forgot to check on Epstein.