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As Republicans erupt over the FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, some Democrats have taken to social media to point out the GOP's hypocrisy.
Back in 2016 when former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was alleged to have used a private email server for communication with her State Department staff, Republicans applauded then-FBI director James Comey for doing everything in his power to investigate. Now, the FBI is investigating Trump.
Soon after the FBI searched his property, Trump issued a statement where he called the investigation a "weaponization of the justice system."
"Hillary Clinton was allowed to delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER they were subpoenaed by Congress," Trump said on his social media platform, Truth Social. "Absolutely nothing has happened to hold her accountable."
The investigation into Clinton's email server found that of the thousands of emails reviewed, 113 contained classified information, and three of them had the official classification market. The FBI concluded that while Clinton had acted with extreme carelessness, it was not her intention to break the law and no charges were filed.
But Comey then publicly reopened the case 12 days before the election, a decision of his that some studies suggest cost Clinton the biggest price of them all: the presidency.
Now, Republicans are acting at odds with their own outrage over Clinton's emails and the FBI's decision to investigate further.
A video, which was first published by Trevor Noah's "The Daily Show," calls out Republicans for being hypocrites. The video shows clips of prominent Republicans applauding the FBI for investigating Clinton next to footage of the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago. The tweet has more than 50k likes.
"The FBI stepping forward at this moment has demonstrated real integrity." former Vice President Mike Pence said.
Fox News hosts Harris Faulkner and Sean Hannity both piled onto Clinton at the time.
"I mean common, are we supposed to believe that after all this time that she just didn't know what the rules were," Faulkner said.
"Multiple felonies that we are talking about here." Hannity added.
But now that the roles are reversed Republicans cannot seem to fathom that the FBI is acting without political motivation. Cries of "defund the FBI" are circulating among the GOP.
After Trump was elected to office, he signed a law that strengthened the penalty for the unauthorized removal and handling of classified documents, making the act a felony offense.
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Rick Wilson: Republicans are inflaming a base they know is easily 'motivated to violence' with attacks on FBI
On CNN Wednesday, former Republican strategist Rick Wilson tore into GOP figures for their increasingly violent rhetoric surrounding the FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida.
Republicans are riling up voters about the search, conducted as part of an investigation into missing classified information, despite knowing they are prone to acts of violence in the aftermath of the January 6 attack, Wilson pointed out.
"You got Matt Schlapp, who runs that thing called CPAC, who says the FBI move 'shows that we've become a third-world country," said anchor John Heilemann. "Bernie Kerik told Newsmax the Democrats are trying to 'assassinate' Trump. This really is a Big Lie 2.0, and it strikes me as arguably more incendiary and more dangerous in the moment like you really are striking the match right next to a house that's already been soaked in kerosene."
"I think that's right, John," said Wilson. "The terms they're using, that this was an assassination, this was a hit, this was a raid, all these things are doing, they're trying to frame this out as something that's outside the bounds, that has nothing to do with Trump's long, consistent pattern of illegality. Merrick Garland is a guy who never once in his life has yelled hold my beer. This was a careful warrant. It was issued by a judge. It was done with all the reviews. They knew this would have those political impacts, and it was done in a very careful scope and manner, and of course, Trump is going to lie about it. Of course, his people are going to lie about it."
The rallying around Trump, continued Wilson, is going to have other effects too.
"This also is a real sign that all the flirtation with Ron DeSantis and Ted Cruz and anybody else who thought they were going to run in '24 with Fox, they're all back on board now with Trump, they're all back in bed with him, and I think you're going to see that Trump's going to try to leverage this experience into his next campaign into disrupting the country as much as he can," said Wilson. "The Schedule F idea, basically burning down the government and filling it with little clones like Steve Bannon, is extraordinarily dangerous. They're relying on rhetoric and communications and narratives right now that are encouraging a base of people who have already demonstrated that they can be motivated to violence without much effort.
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The MAGA meltdown following the execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago may be harming Donald Trump's legal position by making the former president look even more guilty.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post editorial board wrote, "Republicans are behaving with gross irresponsibility: from talk show hosts urging violence that seems all-too-possible after the events of Jan. 6, 2021, to Sen. Rick Scott (R-FA) and former Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon comparing the FBI to the Gestapo, to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) declaring the Justice Department in 'an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.' This rhetoric is disturbing and dangerous — not to mention hypocritical. In fact, it is Mr. Trump’s administration and acolytes who sought to weaponize the Justice Department, and it is they who today are attempting to turn what to all appearances is a legitimate inquiry into a political circus."
Trump and his supporters may be undermining his own defense. Trump himself, former Trump lawyer Christina Bobb and "Fox and Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt have all suggest FBI agents may have planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago.
Tristan Snell, who successfully sued Trump University out of existence while working for the New York Attorney General's Office, said their defense is just making Trump look guilty.
"If you start saying the FBI 'planted the evidence,' that means you know damn well that the FBI just got its hands on some very damning evidence," Snell tweeted.
"DOD deleted J6 data. The Secret Service deleted J6 data. Homeland Security deleted J6 data," Snell noted. "So when it looks like Trump stole 25 boxes of presidential records — including classified — it must be viewed as part of the coverup of the biggest conspiracy in American history."
Former prosecutor Katie Phang wrote, "Riddle me this: If Trump’s defense is that you were allowed to declassify the documents and keep them in your possession, then why would that evidence have been 'planted'?…"
Former federal prosecutor Richard Signorelli suggested MAGA's public relations talking points may backfire.
"Holding on to classified docs which resulted in the search and falsely suggesting that evidence was planted — not helpful," Signorelli wrote.
"If the reports of Trump possessing/refusing to return classified info are accurate, he should be immediately arrested/charged pursuant to a criminal complaint, followed by grand jury process," Signorelli added. "This can happen tomorrow."
Trump may have violated five different federal laws in the case.
The argument may not only hurt in the court of law, but also the court of public opinion. On Tuesday, "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah hilariously broke down the hypocrisy of MAGA's defense of Trump.
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