The left is clearly losing the messaging war following the Biden administration’s unprecedented act of state-sponsored lawlessness in Mar-a-Lago, as many consider the raid on the home of former President Donald Trump.
The best sign of Team Biden losing is the sudden leak of a fanciful claim that the FBI was looking for nuclear documents. Another sign is the rush to defend the bureau, which has come under intense fire for what millions on the right see as a two-tiered approach to justice that favors Democrats.
Count Fox News host Geraldo Rivera among those coming to the defense of the FBI, as he denounced the “hatred and vitriol” being directed at the bureau while commenting on a suspect trying to breach an FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio — the man reportedly fired a nail gun at law enforcement personnel and held up an AR-15-style rifle. He fled the scene and would later be killed in a stand-off with police.
Sounding a lot like a liberal, Rivera was quick to entertain the possibility that the suspect, who was identified as 42-year-old Ricky Walter Shiffer, may have been motivated by the criticism of the FBI.
“I hope and pray that this is not related to Mar-a-Lago because the vitriol and the tone of the rhetoric and the hatred being directed against the bureau by supporters, fringe supporters of the former president is very alarming,” he said. “I grew up believing that the FBI was you know, they, we had all these TV shows and this, watched, they were flawless. Of course, they’re not flawless in real life, but they are a magnificent law enforcement agency doing its best.”
“I’m not sure, the details of the Mar-a-Lago raid will eventually be revealed to us. We’ll know everything eventually. But to see this, this really visceral hatred directed at the FBI by people who believe that they are supporting the former president is really, really, very, very dangerous,” Rivera continued. “We don’t know for sure what the motive was of the, of the assailant, but we can’t go there as a country. Once we start, you know, being so disrespectful and filled with vitriol against an agency that is so central to so many Americans’ lives, I think we run into danger.”
The Associated Press was quick to say that authorities are looking into whether Shiffer “may have had ties to far-right extremist groups, including the Proud Boys,” and cited an anonymous law enforcement official to report that Shiffer was “believed to have been in Washington in the days leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and may have been present at the Capitol on the day of the attack.”
Rivera referenced Fox News contributor Ted Williams, whom he called “a superb expert,” in sharing his take.
Williams, a former D.C. police detective, said in response to the attempted breach in Ohio that we are in “a very volatile time,” and added, “We’ve had a great deal of disrespect that has been shown, I believe, to the FBI.”
“For them doing their job on the raid at Mar a Lago, in which they carried out, and as a result of that, we’ve had a great deal of rhetoric that is put FBI agents are in the bull’s eye of many people around this country,” he said. “And I think that’s very dangerous.”
Referencing the raid on Trump’s home, Williams said, “We have to be very careful how we denigrate these agents, specifically FBI agents, who in the Trump case down in Mar a Lago was only doing their job.”
His remarks fail to take into consideration the FBI’s terrible track record over the past 6-plus years.
To get a feel for how badly the bureau has tarnished its image in the eyes of the American people, FBI Director Christopher Wray exploited the incident in Ohio to denounce criticism of the bureau he leads.
“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” Wray said. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans. Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.”
Wray’s remarks are oblivious to recent history and the media was quick to insist that the FBI was being “baselessly” smeared over the Mar-a-Lago, but there’s a laundry list of legitimate concerns aside from the realization that there never seem to be early morning FBI raids on Democrats and that Hunter Biden continues to skirt any accountability for any number of suspected crimes.
Social media was quick to refresh the left’s memory, as seen here:
They’ve spent six years searching for a crime. They’ve fabricated FISA warrants, doctored evidence, used Russian agents to create dossiers, they’ve lied and leaked and they never found ANYTHING. Now, they’re so emboldened and desperate to stop him that they raided his home.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 11, 2022
Remember when your counterterrorism team met to discuss which terrorist threat label you should apply to parents who are angry with their school board?
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) August 11, 2022
OK. Now do Clinesmith. Strzok. Page. More.
Fix your house.
— Michael Caputo (@MichaelRCaputo) August 11, 2022
The agency that ran the Russia collusion hoax, the Whitmer kidnap hoax, went to war against the parents of school-age children, and did nothing during the violent summer of 2020, the attacks on Supreme Court Justices, churches, and pregnancy centers, has thoughts. https://t.co/rQsIztYYBA
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 11, 2022
The FBI officials who tagged school boards parents as “terrorists,” leaked info to the press and conspired in texts to compromise political opponents and lied about it under oath, who altered a CIA email for probable cause to spy, already destroyed your credibility. https://t.co/GNStL0iXH0
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 12, 2022
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