Republicans all through Florida and the nation are aghast over the FBI’s raid at Mar-a-Lago.
Mind you, the raid wouldn’t have been essential if Donald Trump had obeyed the legislation. For safety causes, he couldn’t take categorised paperwork to his palatial property after he left workplace, however the National Archives and Records Administration believes he did so anyway.
So, the FBI got here to take them again. What a part of that’s complicated?
Ah, however in these convoluted instances, all the things is complicated.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, whose sense of hyperbole is finely tuned, likened the raid to Nazi Germany.
“The means our federal authorities has gone, it’s like what we now have considered the Gestapo and individuals like that, that they simply go after individuals. What we thought in regards to the Soviet Union,” he mentioned on Fox Business.
“What we take a look at [in] Latin America. We have gotten to say to ourselves, ‘This can’t be our nation.’”
Cut again on the caffeine, Senator. Your assertion will not be solely harmful but in addition downright silly.
According to the United States Holocaust Museum, “Gestapo policemen used torture and violence in interrogations. They coordinated the deportation of Jews to their deaths.”
And then there was U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s response by way of the Sean Hannity squawk present on Fox.
“I’m in a very unique place in South Florida, surrounded by individuals from different nations the place that is acquainted to them. It’s stunning to Americans, however in Latin America and many of those nations world wide, right here’s what occurs,” he mentioned.
“A gaggle takes energy. The very first thing that group does is they start to persecute and go after their political opponents. And then, when the supporters of their political opponents start to complain, they start to focus on them and they criminalize opposition. And that’s what occurring right here now.”
Let’s step again a second and view this by an extended lens.
In 2016, Rubio had one thing to say about Hillary Clinton’s notorious non-public e-mail server.
“The FBI concluded what many Americans have identified for fairly a while, which is that Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State and her mishandling of categorised data was disgraceful and unbecoming of somebody who aspires to the presidency,” he mentioned.
“There is solely no excuse for Hillary Clinton’s determination to arrange a home-cooked e-mail system which left delicate and categorised nationwide safety data weak to theft and exploitation by America’s enemies. Her actions have been grossly negligent, broken nationwide safety, and put lives in danger.”
So, that was “grossly negligent,” and the FBI wore the white hat then. But now, it’s stunning — stunning, I say — to counsel Trump did something fallacious. Spare us your outrage — it’s greater than a bit of phony.
Side observe: There is renewed demand for Clinton’s “But Her Emails” merchandise line.
“They took, they’re demanding — and you see it on Twitter and in their public statements — they’re demanding, they need Donald Trump arrested. They need him charged proper now; they wished him charged months in the past, years in the past.”
I assume the great Senator forgot all of the “lock her up” chants members of his celebration shouted about Clinton. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy vowed to analyze Hunter Biden if he turns into Speaker. He doesn’t give two hoots about Hunter, however he believes it’s justified if the mud would splatter on his father, President Joe Biden.
It by no means stops.
As President, Trump threatened to withhold army support to Ukraine except President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dug up some filth on Hunter Biden. Trump tried to weaponize the U.S. Department of Justice and undermined civic belief together with his lies a couple of stolen election. He additionally incited a riot on the U.S. Capitol.
And he wrongly took a trove of paperwork with him as he left the White House.
Sens. Rubio and Scott may need to give attention to that.