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DeSantis has rendered himself a 'Mar-a-Lago beta' with efforts to defend Trump in latest scandal: columnist
While it was once believed that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, Atlantic columnist David Frum argues that he's now put his ambitions in the back seat while Trump tries to mount a 2024 comeback.
Writing on Twitter, Frum laments that the GOP stood in lockstep defense behind Trump after the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago last week to retrieve top secret government documents that Trump had retained even after being served a subpoena demanding their return.
"It's shocking that so many would excuse literally anything to protect Trump," Frum writes. "But they do. DeSantis is accommodating himself to that reality, playing Mar a Lago beta to ingratiate himself with the likely top of the '24 GOP ticket."
Frum then tied this to a broader observation about wishful thinking that Trump and his anti-democracy movement would simply fade into the background after he lost the White House in 2020 to President Joe Biden.
"Those who would defend US democracy should be as realistic as DeSantis," Frum concluded. "Trump's base is not reforming. That base's control of the wider GOP coalition is not weakening. US democracy is not recovering. The dangers ahead are not diminishing."
Conservative podcast host Steve Bannon on Monday declared that his followers "are a threat to the American state."
During opening remarks on his War Room: Pandemic podcast, Bannon argued that the FBI should be defunded because agents served a search warrant to recover classified documents at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
"Does anybody ever mention the FBI as being real assistance whatsoever except for marginal cases?" Bannon asked. "No, they've turned into the American Gestapo. They have to be defunded. They say, oh, this is dangerous talk. No, it's not. It's a political process."
"These institutions aren't permanent," he continued. "Institutions should last as long as long as they are effective for the American people and our nation."
Bannon noted that Vox had recently published a column warning that Trump's Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement is a threat to the "American state."
"They didn't say the country, they didn't say America as a nation, they didn't say the American people," Bannon argued. "The American state. And they are absolutely correct. You said the quiet part out loud. We are a threat to the American state."
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Donald Trump offered to help lower the temperature after the FBI searched his Mar-A-Lago home, but he didn't sound particularly enthusiastic about it.
The former president gave his first interview since investigators executing a search warrant seized 11 sets of classified materials from his private resort, which he called a "sneak attack," and he told Fox News Digital that his supporters had every right to be angry at law enforcement officials.
"The country is in a very dangerous position," Trump said. "There is tremendous anger like I've never seen before over all of the scams, and this new one — years of scams and witch hunts, and now this."
Law enforcement officials have seen an explosion of violent threats since the search, and a Trump supporter was shot and killed by police in Ohio after attacking an FBI field office in Cincinnati, but the former president offered to help cool their anger -- while justifying those passions and sending what sounded like a warning.
"People are so angry at what is taking place," Trump said. "Whatever we can do to help — because the temperature has to be brought down in the country. If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen."
"The people of this country are not going to stand for another scam," he added.
Trump said he hadn't heard whether the Department of Justice had accepted his offer to help, but he then suggested that FBI agents had planted evidence during the search and called the investigation a politically motivated "hoax."
"I’ve never seen anything like this," Trump said. "It is a very dangerous time for our country. I will do whatever I can to help the country."
"Years of fake witch hunts and phony Russia, Russia, Russia schemes and scams," he added. "Nothing happens to those people who perpetuate that — nothing happens with them, ad then they break into a president’s house — a sneak attack where it was totally — no one ever thought a thing like this would happen."