‘𝐀ll of the tweets pertained to today’s hearing…’
But not everyone was laughing.
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., sent 23 tweets Wednesday about the first public impeachment hearing examining President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The first letter of each tweet spelled out “Epstein didn’t kill himself.”
— Liberal, Not Lefty (@liberalnotlefty) November 13, 2019.
Some on the Left charged, however, that Gosar appeared to be signaling support for a conspiracy theory that Epstein did not kill himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
A New York medical examiner ruled ultimately Epstein’s jailhouse death a suicide. But conspiracy theories have persisted, fueled by Epstein’s links to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people.
Among those connections was former President Bill Clinton who, with his wife, Hillary, have accrued a long list of acquaintances who met their demise under suspicious circumstances.
The Twitter hashtag #ClintonBodyCount was a top-trending item on Twitter in the aftermath of Epstein’s death.
Another medical examiner, hired by Epstein’s family, determined last month that many of the injuries seemed more consistent with strangulation than hanging.
The Associated Press asked Gosar spokesman Ben Goldey whether the congressman sent the tweets himself.
Goldey’s emailed response used the first letter of each sentence to spell “Area 51,” a reference to another internet meme that grew popular with mostly Millennial and Gen-Z social media users over the summer.
𝐀ll of the tweets pertained to today’s hearing.
𝐑est assured, they are substantive.
𝐄very one of them.
𝐀ll of them.
𝟓 were brilliant.
𝟏 was okay.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) November 13, 2019
Goldey’s reply did not answer the question but said the tweets were substantive.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press