We've All Seen This Type of Guy

We've All Seen This Type of Guy

NBC has released archival footage of President Trump and Jeffrey Epstein in 1992, during which the two partied at Mar-a-Lago among a sea of dancing women. At one point in the clip, Trump appears to point at a woman and tells Epstein, “She’s hot,” before whispering something else in Epstein’s ear, causing Epstein to double over with laughter.

The footage was released one day after Courtney Wild, a woman who says she was sexually abused by Epstein as a teenager, held a press conference begging other victims of Epstein to come forward. And it’s been just one week after Trump emphatically denied being friends with Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender who was charged with sex trafficking this month.

Following Epstein’s sex trafficking charge, Trump told the press that while he knew Epstein as a Palm Beach fixture, he was “not a fan” of his. The statement contradicted an interview Trump gave to New York magazine in 2002, in which he said, “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

The two certainly seemed to be having a good enough time in the unearthed NBC footage. The scene was shot in November 1992, when the lifestyle of the newly divorced Trump was featured on the talk show A Closer Look. NBC reports that the women were “largely cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, in town for a game against the Miami Dolphins.” When they weren’t dancing, they were offering “glowing testimonials” about their host, Trump.

News outlets are already having a field day gawking at this morsel of footage, which features largely indecipherable dialogue. But there’s something so banal about this interaction between Trump and Epstein, a familiar scene virtually every woman has seen play out at a party: The men who consider themselves “alpha males” scanning the room, ogling women and rating them on a one-10 scale, complete with crass commentary, crude laughter, and boundless entitlement. Considering the track records of an alleged sexual abuser like Trump—and Epstein, a man who preyed on underage girls for years and mostly got away with it—imagining the way they viewed the women around them isn’t a particularly laborious challenge.

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