Former President Donald Trump has been targeted by numerous unfounded claims and baseless investigations, with the most recent involving a fabricated image generated by artificial intelligence.
The AI-generated photo seemingly depicts Trump associating with the infamous late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein aboard his plane, commonly known as the “Lolita Express.” In response, Trump expressed concerns about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence technology.
The former president emphatically stated that he never boarded Epstein’s plane or visited the so-called “stupid island” associated with the late sex offender.
Actor Mark Ruffalo, renowned for portraying The Hulk, initially shared the AI-generated images and accused Trump of misconduct. However, Ruffalo later admitted that the pictures were, indeed, fake.
Sorry Folks. Apparently these images are AI fakes. The fact Trump was on Epstein’s plane and what Epstein was up to is not. Be careful. Elon’s X and his allowing so much disinformation here is driving the value of his app down by 55%. https://t.co/1OIGUbXZWW https://t.co/8zNxzxl9lI— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 6, 2024
In a message posted on his Truth Social platform, Trump stated, “This is the tactic employed by the Democrats against their Republican opponent, who is significantly ahead in the polls.”
Trump further commented, “This involves artificial intelligence, and its potential impact on our country is highly perilous! Moreover, I have never been on Epstein’s plane or visited his ‘stupid’ island. Robust laws need to be formulated against artificial intelligence as it poses a substantial and hazardous problem in the future.”
Trump says he was never on Epstein’s plane or ‘stupid island’ https://t.co/tiDLj2BC9l— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) January 10, 2024
The release of names from Epstein’s purported “little black book” has led to considerable confusion. Despite being redacted in court proceedings spanning nearly a decade, these names were unsealed and made public last December.
The list, consisting of approximately 170 names, includes individuals closely associated with Epstein, but it also encompasses victims and contacts whose interactions with Epstein were innocuous. Additionally, the list features names of individuals who had dealings with Epstein before his involvement in sex crimes became known, as well as those who severed ties with him following the exposure of his criminal activities. Notably, Donald Trump falls into the latter category, having banned Epstein from his properties and terminated all contact and business connections before 2008.
It is crucial to acknowledge that some individuals listed, such as renowned attorney Alan Dershowitz, are named due to accusations of sexual assault made against them by an Epstein accuser, Sarah Ransome. However, Ransome’s testimony was challenged, and she eventually withdrew her claims, emphasizing the complexity of the situation.