Bill and Hillary Clinton were all smiles in Illinois on Saturday, hours after the death of the former president’s old friend Jeffrey Epstein and the finger-pointing by conspiracy theorists that followed.
Social media users shared images of the beaming couple – Bill in a navy suit and blue tie and his wife in a white button-up blouse and cardigan – at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights, Illinois on Saturday afternoon.
Nathan Elleson shared a selfie of himself with the Clintons, writing: ‘I always love being able to spend time and discuss things with Bill & Hillary – they’ve seen so much in their time as POTUS & SecState. Although we’ve had some major political differences throughout the years, they really are good people and they mean well.
‘We had a very positive/productive talk (they seem to be on board). I’m excited for some big announcements coming in 2020. Big things.’
It comes as conspiracy theorists suggest the Clintons had some kind of involvement in Epstein’s death, and one even scrawled ‘XOXO Hillary + Bill’ on the sidewalk outside Epstein’s $77million Upper East side townhouse.
The FBI raided the home in July, where they allegedly uncovered a ‘vast trove’ of hundreds or even thousands of lewd photographs of young women or girls.
The ‘XOXO’, meaning ‘hugs and kisses’ – is a way of signing off a message so it appears as though it was written by Hillary and Bill Clinton.
The message follows the #ClintonBodyCount hashtag that circulated on social media by conspiracy theorists in an effort to point fingers at Bill and Hillary, adding to the speculation and confusion surrounding Epstein’s Saturday morning death.
Lynne Patton, a regional administrator with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Trump loyalist, even shared a clip of the DailyMail.com coverage of Epstein’s death.
She commented: ‘Hillary’d!! P.S. Let me know when I’m supposed to feel badly about this.’
Michael Coudrey, one of the co-founders of the New Right US, wrote: ‘BREAKING: Alleged “camera malfunction” last night at MCC where Jeffrey Epstein was locked up #EpsteinFiles.’
Coudrey was also one of the pushers of #ClintonBodyCount hashtag and suggested that the couple had a hand in also killing Seth Rich, an employee for the Democratic National Committee. Conspiracy theorists believed he leaked the DNC emails in 2016.
Many of those using the hashtag were found to be bots. Others hijacked the hashtag to share their own conspiracies, including that Attorney General Barr had something to do with Epstein’s death.
Epstein hanged himself in his federal jail cell in Manhattan in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Epstein’s suicide comes just two weeks after he was hospitalized following what may have been an initial attempt to take his own life.
The billionaire had been taken off suicide watch before he took his own life on Saturday morning.
Just last week, a lawyer who once represented three women during criminal proceedings against Epstein cast doubt on reports of a suicide attempt.
The attorney, Spencer Kuvin, claimed that the billionaire may have been targeted by influential people outside prison who were scared of being exposed as part of his circle.
‘If he goes on trial, everyone he’s been in contact with will ultimately be fair game,’ Kuvin told The Sun.
‘There’s no doubt in my mind that no jail will protect you when there’s powerful people that want to reach you – wherever you are.’
An inside source reportedly told The Daily Beast on Saturday that wealthy Epstein had been extorted by other inmates inside his high-security prison.
A version of this story appears on the Daily Mail website.