U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) reacted to the decision to reward the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with a giant new headquarters facility despite the agency’s persecution of the Democratic Party’s political enemies.
In a vote that shows the bipartisan protection of the swamp’s enforcement arm, 70 Republican lawmakers joined Democrats in rejecting an amendment by the Florida firebrand that would have restricted funding for the Bureau’s sprawling new HQ in suburban Maryland, drawing an angry reaction from Gaetz who took to X to slam his GOP colleagues.
“70 Republicans voted to reward the Weaponized FBI with a new $300M headquarters – larger than the Pentagon,” he wrote. “Sad!”
70 Republicans voted to reward the Weaponized FBI with a new $300M headquarters – larger than the Pentagon.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 9, 2023
“Time after time we have seen the FBI target President Trump, people who believe in the Second Amendment, parents attending school board meeting, and more recently, some of their own brave FBI whistleblowers who have spoken up about the weaponization of our Federal Government. We should not be awarding nefarious behavior by wasting hundreds of millions of dollars for a new headquarters in the DC-area,” Gaetz said in a press release.
“Although my amendment failed, I will continue my fight to defang and defund government agencies that have been weaponized against the American people,” he added, disappointed in his fellow House GOP lawmakers’ contribution to the ever-growing hyper-partisan police state.
The 70 Republicans that voted YES to funding the corrupt FBI w/ $300 Million for a new, massive headquarters! pic.twitter.com/23TPLzdxt3
— ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) November 9, 2023
For decades, the FBI was a universally respected federal law enforcement agency but, under a succession of poor leaders in Robert Mueller, James Comey and Christopher Wray, is now viewed with suspicion and distrust by millions. In one notable poll from early last year, nearly half of Americans view the once-venerable Bureau as President Joe Biden’s “personal Gestapo.”
In a bone-chilling report from Newsweek last month, the feds are shifting their focus to Trump supporters in the runup to the 2024 election and have “quietly created a new category of extremists that it seeks to track and counter,” Americans who could cast their vote for the wrong candidate next November as the regime intensifies its war against the “MAGA Republicans” that President Joe Biden has all but openly declared to be enemies of the state.
This @Newsweek story backs everything @RealStevefriend warned us about, and should send chills down your spine. Before the 2024 presidential election the FBI has “quietly created a new category” of domestic terrorists to hunt down: Donald Trump supporters https://t.co/1C51A69b73
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) October 4, 2023
According to classified data obtained by the outlet, the “vast majority” of the FBI’s “anti-government” investigations are of Trump supporters.
Newsweek notes that a joint report to Congress from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states “Threats from…DVEs [domestic violent extremists] have increased in the last two years, and any further increases in threats likely will correspond to potential flashpoints, such as high-profile elections and campaigns or contentious current events.”
“Sociopolitical developments—such as narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence—will almost certainly spur some domestic terrorists to try to engage in violence,” the report concluded, with Newsweek pointing out a very important detail.
“The threats listed in that paragraph are all clearly associated with America’s right and in particular with Trump’s MAGA supporters,” according to the outlet which stated that a restricted post-J6 FBI report “shifted the definition of AGAAVE (‘anti-government, anti-authority violent extremism’) from “furtherance of ideological agendas” to ‘furtherance of political and/or social agendas.’ For the first time, such groups could be so labeled because of their politics.”
“It was a subtle change, little noticed, but a gigantic departure for the Bureau. Trump and his army of supporters were acknowledged as a distinct category of domestic violent extremists, even as the FBI was saying publicly that political views were never part of its criteria to investigate or prevent domestic terrorism,” the author, veteran investigative reporter William Arkin wrote.
“Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans are a threat to the very soul of this country,” Biden tweeted last September on the day that he stood in front of a blood-red background flanked by two armed U.S. Marines at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and delivered one of darkest, most disturbing addresses by a U.S president in the nation’s history.
Considering the weaponization of the federal government against Trump and his supporters and Biden’s dangerous rhetoric, it’s all the more disturbing why so many Republicans would be on board with making the FBI even bigger and badder than it already is.
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