If you followed politics in the 1990s, you might remember the trail of insane conspiracy theories that arose after Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster took his own life in 1993. Although there was absolutely nothing to suggest that there was any foul play involved in Foster’s death, Donald Trump nonetheless claimed this week that there was supposedly something “fishy” about his suicide.
Although many pundits have thoroughly debunked this conspiracy theory, no one has done so more powerfully than Foster’s own sister, who has written a blistering op-ed for The Washington Post that shames Trump for using her brother’s death for political gain.
“It is beyond contempt that a politician would use a family tragedy to further his candidacy, but such is the character of Donald Trump displayed in his recent comments to The Washington Post,” writes Sheila Foster Anthony. “In this interview, Trump cynically, crassly and recklessly insinuated that my brother, Vincent W. Foster Jr., may have been murdered because ‘he had intimate knowledge of what was going on’ and that Hillary Clinton may have somehow played a role in Vince’s death. How wrong. How irresponsible. How cruel.”
It certainly is, although it’s sadly not surprising given how he’s run his presidential campaign so far.
Anthony goes on to note that “five investigations, including by independent counsels Robert B. Fiske Jr. and Kenneth Starr, concluded that Vince suffered from severe depression that caused him to be unable to sleep, unable to work, unable to think straight, and finally to take his own life.” She also recounts her own personal history of seeing her brother struggle with his personal demons and of the intense demands of his job.
The whole piece is worth reading and can be found here.