On Wednesday morning, significantly less than 48 hours directly after we learned that the FBI had executed a search warrant at Donald Trumps for-profit resort/private home, Mar-a-Lago, Fox News reported that FBI agents, aswell asU.S. attorney general Merrick Garlandand FBI director Chris Wray, are experiencing an uptick in death threats in the wake of the raid at former president Trumps residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, in accordance with sources talking to Fox News. Obviously, these threats are an exceptionally disturbing development. But are they at all surprising? Actually, not at all, given the lengths Trumps alliesincluding, naturally, Fox News itselfhave attended convince the ex-presidents supporters that the federal government isn’t only out to obtain him but them.
Over on the cable news network, for example, hosts and guests have spent days gone by two days describing the raid as a partisan witch hunt, UNDER-DEVELOPED bullshit, an abomination, and a dark day for the republic.Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon claimed the FBI at this time, may be the gestapo,i.e. the trick police of Nazi Germany. Radio host Buck Sexton told Jesse Watters that the search almost feels as though a preemptive coup to avoid Trump from running again, adding that is undermining our faith, not merely in the peaceful transition of power, however in the executive arm of the federal government under an opposition party never to become the Stasi, never to act like the trick police that weve observed in totalitarian regimes.Watters, seemingly fantasizing in what he wished to see happen, said himself on Monday: I believe there is likely to be even more action you are likely to see from the streets from the bottom once they see this break tonight. There are a great number of honest Americans thatve had it using what this corrupt government and what the FBI did. Meanwhile, over on Fox News website, information regarding the judge who reportedly signed off on the warrantand would undoubtedly have already been offered credible proof a crime before doing thiswere published. In accordance with Vice News, online threats concerning the judge have included comments on social media marketing like This may be the little bit of shit judge who approved FBIs raid on Mar-a-Lago. I visit a rope around his neck.
As my colleague Eric Lutz notes, it hasnt just been Fox News thats worked overtime to fan the flames, and by fan the flames we mean pour out the gasoline and light the match, but a lot of the Republican Party, including House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Rick Scott, and Representative Majorie Taylor Greene. On Tuesday and Wednesday, apparently having received their marching orders from the president, several of Trumps allies baselessly claimed the FBI may have framed him.
Not to mention, few folks have done just as much to work Trumps supporters right into a worrisome frenzy than Senator Marco Rubio. After suggesting on Monday that Joe Biden was using his capacity to persecute Trump, Rubio took to Twitter on Wednesday to argue that anyone calling the proper out because of its obviously dangerous rhetoric is laying the groundwork to criminalize opposition. Also, within an unintentional little bit of comedy, Rubio claimed that the FBIs try to enforce regulations is worse than anything our foreign enemies are doing. That is probably giving Vladimir Putin an excellent laugh tonight.