House Republicans Lash Out at Trump For Well-Wishes to ‘Depraved’ Ghislaine Maxwell: ‘Unacceptably Obtuse’
Two House Republicans are speaking out against President Donald Trump for sending well-wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein who is currently facing charges for child sex trafficking.
After being asked about Maxwell on Tuesday, Trump said, “I just wish her well, frankly… I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well. Whatever it is.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, condemned President Trump’s comments in a tweet.
“This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump,” he wrote. “She needs to be severely punished… and justice must be served for the girls she abused. For ALL involved.”
This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump. She needs to be severely punished… and justice must be served for the girls she abused. For ALL involved. https://t.co/IslnKso0Gg
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) July 22, 2020
Tim Burchett (R-TN) also called out the president, declaring, Maxwell “is despicable and he needs to say that.”
She is despicable and he needs to say that. https://t.co/wuoxwLV89a
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) July 22, 2020
Democrats condemned the president as well. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) all responded to Trump’s comments on Tuesday.
Pardon dangled https://t.co/pS589EYNQz
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 21, 2020
Why is @POTUS wishing Ghislaine Maxwell “well”? She was an aider & abettor of a sexual predator. She identified and lured 13 year old girls in braces to be raped by Jeffrey Epstein. Why would POTUS not speak our loudly against her abhorrent conduct as a child sex trafficker? Hmmm https://t.co/6uHuI65g57
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 21, 2020
Trump sending out good wishes to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrested partner in sex trafficking and rape. Really. https://t.co/FCOPvgGkbV
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) July 21, 2020
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