Whilst debate rages over Donald Trump’s role in inciting the U.S. Capitol riot, the previous president is resurrecting the identical sort of incendiary invective against the FBI after agents executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago residence.
Trump is ramping up inflammatory accusations against the FBI — as he did against the presidential election he lost. He has repeatedly claimed that the FBI is corrupt and lawless and that the mounting anger against the bureau is justified.
Trump can also be linking the Mar-a-Lago search warrant and the removal of boxes of documents to an internet of “corruption” that encompasses his two impeachments and the lengthy investigation into the Kremlin’s try to manipulate the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. He engaged in the identical sort of inflammatory language before the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Then as now, the rhetoric has spiraled to extremes, including some calling for an overhaul of the federal government or a coup.
Trump has blasted the FBI as seditious, abusive and criminal after agents hauled out about 20 boxes of White House material from Mar-a-Lago, including 11 sets of classified information that ought to have been turned over to the National Archives when his presidential term ended.
Now, a “great anger is simmering” over the search, Trump claimed in a post Sunday on his Truth Social platform. He falsely called the search a “sneak attack” and a “break in.”
The country is in a really dangerous position,” Trump told Fox News Digital on Monday. “There may be tremendous anger like I’ve never seen before over all the scams.”
Trump told Fox News: “Individuals are so indignant at what’s going down. … The people of this country usually are not going to face for an additional scam,” he warned, in an echo of comments he made before the Capitol riot.
There’s no indication the Mar-a-Lago search was a “scam,” just as there was no evidence the presidential election was rigged.
The FBI search warrant was approved by a federal judge and netted documents that weren’t purported to have been faraway from the White House. Trump has not denied he was holding boxes of White House materials.
Trump insisted on Fox that he desired to “lower the temperature” of his supporters’ anger over the FBI search. But he was later mocked on Twitter as an “arsonist,” not a peacemaker, as he continued to fan the flames.
Before Jan. 6, Trump said repeatedly that the 2020 presidential election was corrupt and rigged and that individuals were indignant.
“The ‘Justice’ Department and the FBI have done nothing in regards to the 2020 Presidential Election Voter Fraud, the biggest SCAM in our nation’s history,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 26, 2020. “They needs to be ashamed. History will remember. Never hand over.”
“Our country has had enough,” Trump told his supporters on the rally Jan. 6, 2021, that preceded the storming of the Capitol. “We is not going to take it anymore.”
The day of the revolt, Trump appeared to offer the rioters a pass, indicating their violence was comprehensible.
“These are the things and events that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who’ve been badly & unfairly treated for therefore long,” Trump wrote on Twitter that day.
Trump’s current verbal assault against perceived enemies comes amid stark warnings of violence against law enforcement.
Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, told The Associated Press that vicious, threatening attacks could be expected from white supremacists and other extremists, however it’s again coming from Trump and his Republican Party supporters, who’re “mainstreaming violent rhetoric,” she said.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what he’s doing — that he’s attempting to get people to do what they did” on Jan. 6, David Gomez, former FBI assistant special agent in charge within the FBI Seattle field office, told Time magazine. “He’s trying to awaken people as much as take his side without overtly saying ‘Let’s do x, y, and z.’”
The FBI is already grappling with rising violence linked to Trump’s false messaging.
Ricky Shiffer, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, was killed by police last week after he attempted to breach an FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio, amid the social media attacks against the FBI by Republican lawmakers and their supporters.
Shiffer ceaselessly posted violent messages on Trump’s Truth Social platform and seemed to be particularly triggered by verbal attacks, led by the previous president, against the FBI.