Ongoing efforts by the left to demonize former President Donald Trump came to something of a head Monday when the FBI raided his Florida residence. But, while progressives cheer the alleged “Gestapo” tactics employed through the “weaponization of the Justice Department,” so too has the right been galvanized as a unifying message coalesced around the display of “pure power politics.”
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Throughout the day Monday, more than 30 FBI agents executed a search warrant of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. As previously reported, the president’s son Eric Trump had informed his father of the unannounced raid where papers had been seized.
While White House officials have denied foreknowledge on the part of President Joe Biden, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon suggested that, at the very least, Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain had to have approved the raid. The host of “War Room: Pandemic” joined fill-in host Will Cain on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” where he tied his assessment to a speech he made at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
“I said we’re at war. We’re at a political and ideological war. They’ve obviously weaponized the Justice Department–and this had to be approved by Ron Klain,” Bannon asserted. “This had to go up to the White House to be approved. Absolutely. Anybody saying it didn’t is a liar. This had to go up the chain of command, through [AG] Merrick Garland to Ron Klain, at least and [FBI Director Christopher] Wray and these guys.”
“This is about pure power politics,” he declared. “They’re absolutely scared to death about Trump.”
“They’re absolutely petrified, terrified Trump’s gonna announce in the next couple of weeks, win the Republican nomination, win the White House,” the podcast host went on.
In light of this incident, Bannon argued the GOP House leaders need to commit to a “full investigation and I think cutting off appropriations to the FBI to get to the bottom of this, okay? This is going to continue on. The FBI right now is the Gestapo.”
“The FBI is the Gestapo, whether it’s out in Colorado, putting a gold star mother…in chains, Peter Navarro in chains. It’s absolutely obscene. This is an obscenity and we’re gonna have to fight fire with fire,” he continued before pivoting to public involvement. “The way to do that is win elections, win ’em overwhelmingly and then use the appropriations process to choke down the FBI and choke down the Justice Department and get to the bottom of who approved this. This is so outrageous it needs to be investigated.”
Bannon wasn’t alone in his assertion that the Biden administration had crossed a line as leaders from across the GOP chimed in on the “weaponization” of the federal government, including America’s governor, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) who tweeted, “The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents. to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.”
The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) August 9, 2022
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) more closely echoed Bannon’s perspective when he wrote, “Attorney General Garland: preserve your documents and clear your calendar,” warning, “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned,” after accusing the DOJ attaining a “state of weaponized politicization.”
Attorney General Garland: preserve your documents and clear your calendar. pic.twitter.com/dStAjnwbAT
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 9, 2022
Meanwhile, other prominent figures called out the hypocrisies and blatant double standards being employed as further references were made to third-world countries and “un-American” behaviors.
The only thing missing from the unprecedented FBI raid at President Trump’s home is Muammar Gaddafi’s sunglasses and cap on Joe Biden.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) August 9, 2022
The FBI raid on President Trump’s home is an unprecedented political weaponization of the Justice Department. They’ve been after President Trump as a candidate, as President, and now as a former President. Using the criminal justice system in this manner is un-American.
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) August 9, 2022
What does the FBI know about Hunter Biden?
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) August 9, 2022
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Countless times we have examples of Democrats flouting the law and abusing power with no recourse, including Hunter Biden. Democrats continually weaponize the bureaucracy against Republicans. This raid is outrageous.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 9, 2022
Conversely, progressives cheered the move and delighted in the seemingly unprecedented moves being made against a former president. “Squad” member Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) posted, “That’s what happens when you break the law, try to steal an election, and incite a deadly insurrection. Donald Trump should be in jail. I’m glad to see the FBI taking steps towards accountability.”
That’s what happens when you break the law, try to steal an election, and incite a deadly insurrection.
Donald Trump should be in jail. I’m glad to see the FBI taking steps towards accountability. https://t.co/Z2Okzopo9M
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) August 8, 2022
Likewise, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) joined MSNBC to argue, “the FBI doesn’t just go in unless a judge signs off on a search warrant. That means they have some probable evidence about possible wrongdoing. And it’s something that the whole country needs to pay attention to and shows that…Attorney General Garland is setting this up step by step.”
“I think Attorney General Garland and the Justice Department have done a very good job by following the facts. I do think that this gives me confidence that the Justice Department is really pursuing this thoroughly, objectively and in a nonpolitical way,” he claimed.
However, amidst Khanna’s couched language noting “probable evidence” and “possible wrongdoing” is essentially the same admission that The New York Times presented which was, “The search, however, does not mean prosecutors have determined that Mr. Trump committed a crime.”
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