When New York prosecutors recently arrested billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges, we got a stomach-churning look into the moral sewer of the filthy rich.
Epstein could indulge in his abuse of girls as young as 14 because he had friends in high places to help him avoid accountability. Friends like the current occupant of the White House and the just-resigned Secretary of Labor, Alex Acosta. As a U.S. Attorney in Florida in 2007, Acosta let the billionaire pedophile off easy with a secret plea deal that was not revealed to the victims, as required by federal law.
The revolting optics playing out on TV, as well as the constant attention it brought to Trump’s own reputation as the sexual-assaulter-in-chief, forced Acosta’s resignation.
The details of Acosta’s arrangement with Epstein were exposed for all to see during his confirmation hearings in 2017. But enough Democrats looked the other way, and even the AFL-CIO supported him because he was supposedly the “compromise candidate.” It was a dogged Miami investigative journalist and many courageous victims who broke the case wide open.
As our anger and disgust deepen over the arrogance and corruption of the nation’s privileged elites, let us turn it into steadfast action to win some measure of the dignity and justice that these and other young women and girls deserve.