This is now:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) released a video on his Twitter account Monday night, during which he compared the Biden Justice Department's raid of its top political opponent to the actions of authoritarian Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.
"This is what happens in places like Nicaragua," Rubio explained, "where, last year, every single person who ran against Daniel Ortega for President, every single person who put their name on the ballot, was arrested and is still in jail."
"You can try and diminish it, but that's exactly what happened tonight," the Florida senator added.
SEN. RUBIO: I'm telling you the next thing you're going to see here, Sean, because it's the playbook. And that is, they are now going to begin to say, "Oh, these Trump supporters, these Republicans, they're very upset. They're saying very angry things. We think they might be a threat. We think they're radical extremists. Let's start arresting them." ... The next step in this process is going to be that people who are supporters of Donald Trump or just conservatives complaining about this ... are going to begin to get labeled as potential insurrectionists and are going to begin to get harassed by law enforcement. That's the next step in this playbook, sadly.
OMFG! What will these -------- think of next?
Republicans foolishly try to roll out the what about Obama' tack
As Attorney General Merrick Garland wrapped up his brief remarks yesterday afternoon, Donald Trump wasted no time in responding. In fact, the former president, by way of his Twitter-like platform, pushed back immediately - in a decidedly Trump-like way.
"I continue to ask, what happened to the 33 Million pages of documents taken to Chicago by President Obama?" the Republican wrote. "The Fake News Media refuses to talk about that. They want it CANCELED!"
Other prominent Republicans stuck to the script. "They shipped 30 million pages of sensitive and possibly classified materials to Chicago, and, by the way, he has yet to return any of it to the National Archives. Not one page," Fox News' Sean Hannity claimed. "So is his house about to get raided?"
Let's note for the record that the Obama-related claims are demonstrably absurd. As the Washington Post explained yesterday:
As was reported back in late 2016, the Obama team was transferring the records to Chicago through the National Archives, which legally owns the documents once a president leaves office. Once the documents ultimately reached a warehouse in Chicago, the Obama Foundation was then due to pay the National Archives and Record Administration to digitize the documents. The lengthiness of that process aside, there isn't the faintest hint of legal violations. There is no evidence that Obama has hidden anything from the National Archives or that he didn't go through the processes required to share and protect those documents once they leave Washington.
This need not be complicated: Obama worked with the National Archives; Trump worked around the National Archives. There is simply nothing legitimate about this entire line of argument. It's not only insulting to Americans' intelligence, it reeks of desperation.