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Political Editors / November 21, 2019

Epstein’s Death: Popular Memes and an FBI Probe

Conspiracy theories aside, there are unusual circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.

“Epstein didn’t kill himself” is the punchline of a series of memes that has gone viral, as numerous irregularities surrounding the untimely death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have gone unexplained. Fueling the conspiracy theories that Epstein was actually murdered is the fact of the serial pedophile’s ties to high-profile individuals like Bill Clinton, as well as the longrunning list of suspicious deaths of people surrounding the Clintons. And then there’s the Leftmedia coverup of Epstein’s connections to Clinton.

However, the questions surrounding Epstein’s Aug. 10 suicide while in a jail cell aren’t merely fodder for the tinfoil-hat club or humorous Internet memes. The FBI is now conducting an investigation into the possibility that a “criminal enterprise” was involved in Epstein’s death. Appearing before the Senate on Tuesday, Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer was asked if the FBI is investigating any possibility of a criminal element involved in Epstein’s death. Sawyer responded that “the FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes.”

Furthermore, the two prison guards who failed to properly monitor Epstein during the time of his death have been charged “with making false records and conspiring to make false records and to defraud the United States by impairing the lawful functions of the Metropolitan Correctional Center,” reports Fox News. That’s almost certainly a pitiful attempt to cover up their own dereliction of duty, because the indictment reveals that no one else approached Epstein’s cell the night of his death.

The reality is that the suspicious circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death were inevitably going to end up as fodder for believing the Clintons or someone else had something to do with it. Hopefully, the FBI’s investigation leads to greater clarity.

In any case, National Review’s Michael Brendan Daugherty explains the popularity of the memes with this great insight: “I would estimate that at least half of the people sharing different Epstein memes with me are sharing them in jest. But jest can have a serious point. Sharing ‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ memes because you believe paranoia stands to reason, or because you think they are funny, is a kind of practice for saying, ‘I think our leadership class and our institutions are capable of every corruption and depravity.’” And indeed they are.

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