-The death of the disgraced financier and convicted sex trafficker has set social media ablaze. The fact that his “apparent suicide,” as authorities keep calling it pending investigation, took place just a day after a trove of unsealed court documents revealed his ties to the highest ranks of the US establishment – including President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton – only added fuel to the furor.
Various conspiracy theories spread like wildfire and Twitter was soon flooded with messages tagged #ClintonBodyCount, claiming that the former president’s family might have had a hand in all of this. The rival #TrumpBodyCount hashtag cropped up immediately, blaming the mysterious death on the current US leader.
Some rushed to accuse the Twitter administration of bias and of picking a side in this war, by downplaying the popularity of anti-Clinton hashtag and deliberately promoting the one blaming Trump.
Even Trump himself retweeted a post skeptical that Epstein’s death was a suicide, and that is when Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) decided to step up and blame the madness on the usual culprits – the Russians. The senator accused Putin and his bots (Trump included?) of “aggressively pushing” the viral hashtags to further “weaponize our polarization.”