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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Max Boot - The more we learn about the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago, the sillier - and more sinister - the overcaffeinated Republican defenses of former president Donald Trump look. The right now appears to be in disarray. The ex-president's old story has been rendered "inoperative," as Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler used to say, and they need a new one.

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Fox News host Mark Levin called the search "the worst attack on this republic in modern history, period." Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) called it "corrupt & an abuse of power." Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) compared the FBI to "the Gestapo." Not to be outdone, former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Whackadoodle) said the FBI was the "American Stasi," and compared its agents to wolves "who want to eat you." "Today is war," declared Steven Crowder, a podcaster with a YouTube audience of 5.6 million people. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) tweeted "DEFUND THE FBI!" Former Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon, among many others, suggested that the FBI and the Justice Department ("essentially lawless criminal organizations") might have planted evidence.

On Thursday evening, The Post reported that FBI agents were searching for highly classified documents relating to nuclear weapons and signals intelligence - two of the most sensitive areas in the entire U.S. government. Months ago, Trump received a subpoena for documents, and the Justice Department was not convinced that he had complied with it.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the FBI removed 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked as top secret. This new information turns the Trump narrative - that he is being treated worse than anyone ever in all of U.S. history - on its head.

The right's hysterical, hyperbolic reaction has weaponized their unhinged followers. This should be a gut check moment for responsible Republicans - if any are left - to step back and take a deep breath before more violence erupts. But sadly, most Republicans don't seem to care what furies they have unleashed in their devotion to the principle that their supreme leader must remain above the law.

Dare I say that Boot has placed his foot directly upon the problem with the Right's completely wrong knee-jerk defense of Trump's possible espionage? I dare, I do dare say just that.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-13 11:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I hope the FBI works quickly. There's really no saying what the most hardcore Trumpers will do. They are political terrorists.

I don't think letting Americans stew over this and foment conjecture is in our best interests. For either side, but more importantly Americans in general.

#2 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-08-13 11:51 AM | Reply

Realistically, they've always looked idiotic.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-13 01:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Fox News host Mark Levin called the search "the worst attack on this republic in modern history, period."

I guess screeching trumpanzee levine slept through 9/11.

#4 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-08-13 01:45 PM | Reply

it is not the fault of Republicansl that lost their simple minds over the search warrant of Mara Lago that the warrant was totally justified by real matters of national security,. it isn't their fault that they are such dupes of Trump, they are just stupid and they can't be blamed for that.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2022-08-13 01:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I guess screeching trumpanzee levine slept through 9/11.

#4 | POSTED BY ALEXANDRITE

And has likely downplayed 1/6.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2022-08-13 01:57 PM | Reply

I hope the FBI works quickly. There's really no saying what the most hardcore Trumpers will do. They are political terrorists.

Not only that, but we are just 5 short months away from the GOP-controlled House grinding DOJ to a halt, hauling Garland and Wray and FBI agents and DOJ attorneys in on subpoenas, "investigating" the Trump investigation into oblivion, shutting down government, and otherwise abusing their authority to maximize collateral damage to our institutions and any Trump prosecution.

The time to indict was whenever a trial could have been completed prior to January 2023. That is no longer plausible. But every day still matters.

#7 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-13 02:17 PM | Reply

"GOP controlled house" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The so-called "Supreme Court" f-ed that one up.
BTW, the House doesn't control the DOJ.

#8 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-13 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

BTW, the House doesn't control the DOJ.

No, but they can slander it, slow it down, bury it in subpoenas, dox people, destroy reputations, etc. You're ignorant if you don't see that coming.

#9 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-13 02:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah, and you're a whiny little bitch. "Destroy reputations" it is to laugh.

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-13 02:30 PM | Reply

The headline is misleading

Everyone knows Trump preemptively declassified all this with a wave of his magic sharpie

- - onenut

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-08-13 02:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

That Russian fool can't punch his way out of a wet paper bag. Classified or not.

#12 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-13 02:53 PM | Reply

If you back the blue you support the FBIIIIII

Or was that all just a lie?

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-13 03:00 PM | Reply

Republicans are being awful quiet.

Almost like they realize how badly they messed up. Campaign commercials write themselves. Not that Democrats are smart enough to use it.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-08-13 03:47 PM | Reply

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

Joe is right and you are being a dick.

#15 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-08-13 07:05 PM | Reply

I'm just sick and tired of all the "woe is me" from so-called Democrats. Grow a ------- pair.

#16 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-13 08:20 PM | Reply

The GOP looks idiotic? Tell me it ain't so.

#17 | Posted by Jaspar at 2022-08-13 09:33 PM | Reply

Yeah. Now they look idiotic?

LOL

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-08-13 09:43 PM | Reply

GOPers for Trump ALWAYS
look and sound idiotic...

#19 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-08-13 10:37 PM | Reply

There's really no saying what the most hardcore Trumpers will do. They are political terrorists.

Look at the dumb@ss in Cincinnati that tried to bust into the FBI with a nail gun and then kill agents with an AR-15. Another life sacrificed at the altar of MAGAt.

All to appease dear leader felon.

Hundreds pissed away their freedom on 1/6.

A few pissed away their lives.

More will do so now.

They think of nothing of spending an entire weekend buying dotard merch and protesting outside FBI headquarters while cosplaying meal team six.

The cult of MAGAt requires ultimate fealty.

When he is charged, it will get exponentially worse. He is a cornered rat and there is no-one he will not sacrifice to keep him from being held accountable for his crimes.

#20 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-08-15 07:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

it is not the fault of Republicansl that lost their simple minds over the search warrant of Mara Lago that the warrant was totally justified by real matters of national security,. it isn't their fault that they are such dupes of Trump, they are just stupid and they can't be blamed for that.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2022-08-13 01:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

A Republican FBI director recommended the warrant.

A republican judge signed off on the warrant.

The national archives requested all documents be returned in January. When they saw that some of the documents returned were stamped CLASSIFIED and SCI, they referred it to DOJ because laws were broken.

DOJ subpoaened all documents to be returned and Don the Felon sent some back.

DOJ visited Mar A ------- and retrieved more in June and told them to secure them in a locked room.

DOJ applied for the warrant when they saw BOXES being taken in and out of the secure area via Mar A ------- CCTV.

At best Don the Felon was being careless and reckless with national security. At worst he was selling our security secrets to the highest bidder.

$2,000,000,000 can buy a lot of secrets eh Jared?

#21 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-08-15 07:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The documents were planted, yet they were nothing of importance.

The FBI wouldn't allow anyone to watch, yet Trump saw it all happen.

The documents were never classified, yet they were declassified.

Trump did nothing wrong with taking the documents, yet Obama illegally took documents.

It's hard to keep up with the sheer nonsense.

#22 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2022-08-15 01:03 PM | Reply

They don't look any more or less idiotic than Dems in their Russiagate scandal. In fact, almost all of the ridiculous that is being found occurred in Russiagate as well. People who lied? Check. People using anecdotal stories as evidence of something. Check. Partisan hate dividing conclusions? Check.

And the sad part is there are a lot of examples of this from both sides. So using a story about it about just one of the incidents is really...really...stupid. If you want things to change, then have your own party change before pointing fingers at others doing the exact same thing.

#23 | Posted by humtake at 2022-08-15 01:03 PM | Reply

in other news: SSDD

#24 | Posted by e1g1 at 2022-08-15 01:15 PM | Reply

The law is quite clear about the crime of espionage. I'm likely not on that jury, so I'll be sitting on the sidelines, sipping an appropriate beverage, munching popcorn, and rooting for the Justice Department when it all goes down!

#25 | Posted by john47 at 2022-08-15 01:35 PM | Reply

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