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Republicans who chanted ‘Lock her up!’ cry that the DOJ has been too political

Because the FBI executed a legally obtained search warrant on the house of former President Donald Trump Monday, theres been an apparent race by the former presidents supporters to find out, so far as I could see, who is able to maximize irresponsible statement defending him.

There has been an apparent race by the former presidents supporters to find out who can maximize irresponsible statement defending him.

Without evidence, Trumps supporters have accused the leadership of the Justice Department and FBI of participating in a political vendetta against Trump and planting incriminating evidence at his home. Theyve needed defunding the FBI, impeaching Attorney General Merrick Garland and used inflammatory language, such as for example suggesting that the search was an act of war against Trump.

However the words of Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., are possibly the most chilling:

If the FBI can raid a U.S. President, imagine what they are able to do for you.

At first glance, this may sound anodyne. However the implications of what Stefanik is suggesting are frightening: Anybody who’s or has been president of america shouldn’t be investigated for a crime.

The truth that a former president is not any less immune from prosecution than any resident isn’t a bug of American democracy, its among its greatest features. This means that Americans, regardless of their station, are equal beneath the law. But also for Stefanik, it seems treating the president as though hes no not the same as a typical citizen is really a bridge too much.

As the congresswoman is obliquely making the argument that Trump is above regulations, others say it more directly. In The Wall Street Journal Wednesday, columnist Dan Henninger said the quiet part loud:

It is possible to hate Donald Trump until your eyes pop out, but why don’t we be clear: He was elected the 45th president of the U.S. He served four years in office. No former president who was simply disliked by many not Clinton, Reagan nor FDR had his home invaded by way of a squad of FBI agents. This will never happen in the U.S. End of discussion.

Lets reserve the truth that Franklin D. Roosevelt was never a former president since he died during office, however in Henningers formulation, the truth that Trump was elected president and served at work for four years means regulations cant touch him. To paraphrase among Trumps more famous declarations, if he were to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, not merely would he not lose any support Henninger would object to him being investigated.

Few Republicans are making the argument as directly as Henninger, however the way they’re defending Trump leaves little doubt that their allegiance lies with him rather than the rule of law.

While things may change given that we realize Trump has been investigated for violations of the Espionage Act, until now Republicans have, virtually en masse, argued that investigating the former president can be an illegitimate act. Few members of Congress are acting more irresponsibly with this point than Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who tweeted earlier this week about Democrats, After taking power they first put their political rivals in jail or forced exile (an indirect reference, it appears, to those arrested for his or her actions on Jan. 6, 2021). When the supporters of one’s rivals protest, you label them dangerous & criminalize opposition.

Rubio also complained that the far left is demanding that Trump be arrested and charged with a crime.

Possibly the senior senator from Florida forgets that the 2016 campaign was largely defined by the supporters of the person he backed for president chanting Lock her up! in mention of Hillary Clinton. In addition, it seems hes forgotten the a lot more than two dozen individuals who Trump, as president, demanded be investigated by the Justice Department, including Clinton, former President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., special counsel Robert Mueller, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Google and also DOJ itself.

As president, Trump regularly assailed his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the Russia investigation and, thus, relinquishing the energy to impede it. In place, he attacked Sessions for not obstructing justice on his behalf.

For Trumps supporters, he exists in a rarefied air where accountability, as well as legal inquiry, doesnt apply.

None of the statements, none of the flagrant attempts to politicize the Department of Justice, none of the efforts to criminalize Trumps political opposition raised any concerns among Rubio or the majority of his fellow Republicans. Indeed, most of them joined in the Lock her up! chants and the politicized demands investigating Clinton, Hunter Biden, or any Democrats who crossed Trump.

In their mind, the rule of law only pertains to their political rivals. It really does not connect with the former president to whom all of them are beholden. For Trumps supporters, he exists in a rarefied air where accountability, as well as legal inquiry, doesnt apply. Thats certainly the direction they treated him when he was president, and little has changed since he left office. The direction they talk about him and talk about investigations into his actions claim that they dont view him as a former president or perhaps a potential future president but instead as king, above reproach.

We already knew the inherent dangers in letting Donald Trump anywhere close to the White House again, however the attitude of Republicans toward the former president demonstrates the risks go even deeper. The GOP is becoming unmoored from the nations basic democratic norms and traditions.

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