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Have the Republicans lost their compass?

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Since this search, which led to the seizure of top-secret documents that Donald Trump could not, by law, keep at home, the explanations given by the former president on his Truth Social network, sometimes fanciful, often illogical and misleading, have set the tone for the Republican Party. Many tenors of Great Old Party only repeated them, like good parrots.

Shortly after the search was made public, Donald Trump first said that he had worked with the FBI and that it had entered Mar-a-Lago inappropriately. Then, as the agency revealed it had recovered nearly a dozen sets of classified documents, he suggested that agents had placed false evidence to incriminate him.

Faced with the enormity of such remarks and the seriousness of the FBI in this affair, the former tenant of the White House then branched off towards another explanation: he had the permanent power to declassify documents which come out of the White House and meet at his residence. So, if we follow the evolution of the defense of Donald Trump, the FBI had therefore put false evidence that he would have finally declassified before leaving office… Absurd, no?

Christopher Wray, right hand raised.

FBI Director Christopher Wray was appointed by former President Donald Trump.

Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong

And as an attack on Barack Obama never hurts to promote his fundraising campaign on the theme of FBI political persecutionDonald Trump then claimed that his predecessor had done the same thing with classified documents.million pages of documents, most of which are classified”,”text”:”President Barack Hussein Obama has preserved 33million pages of documents, most of which are classified”}}”>President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, most of which are classifiedMr. Trump said. How many of them were nuclear? Apparently a lot!

Except that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which preserves the archives after the departure of a president, confirmed that Barack Obama had indeed handed over his documents, as required by the 1978 law on the presidential archives.

Recall that the search warrant made public showed that Donald Trump is under investigation for a potential violation of the Espionage Act and possible obstruction of justice.

But, according to some Republicans, a lawfully executed search of Mr. Trump’s property deserves nothing but opprobrium and threats, since obviously, according to them, it is a targeted attack by the White House. who uses the Department of Justice as a weapon to get rid of the ex-president. They would almost forget that the director of the FBI, Christopher A. Wray, was appointed to his post by Donald Trump himself.

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A slew of supporters

The conspiracy ideas conveyed by Donald Trump have therefore found an echo not only with his followers, but also with big names in the party who, for the most part, have united behind their former boss to defend him. Among them, Mike Pence, potential opponent to the Republican nomination.

However, in October 2016, he was delighted that the FBI reopened an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s famous email server because, he said, no one is above the law. Last week during the search, the former vice president was now saying share the deep concern of millions of Americans about the unprecedented raid at his former running mate. Two weights, two measures?

Elise Stefanik, at the podium, speaks on the microphone while in the back, three other members of the Republican Party watch her.

Republican Party heavyweights, including New York State Representative Elise Stefanik, have lined up behind Donald Trump to castigate the FBI.

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While Marco Rubio, a Florida senator, mentioned a banana republic, his colleague Rick Scott, chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee, said that the federal government had gone the way of the Gestapo.

In the opinion of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the FBI search was a further escalation in the militarization of federal agencies against political opponents of the regime. Same story with Elise Stefanik, third among Republican representatives in the House:Biden and his administration for using the FBI and the Justice Department against their political opponents”,”text”:”There must be an immediate investigation into JoeBiden and his administration for using the FBI and the Justice Department against their political opponents”}}”>There must be an immediate investigation into Joe Biden and his administration for using the FBI and Justice Department against their political opponents.

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Finally, Ronna McDaniel, President of the Republican Party, said point-blank on Twitter five days ago: How long before Democrats send in an IRS ‘SWAT team’ [l’administration des impôts fédéraux] for your kids’ lemonade stand?

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Threats against law enforcement

Will you therefore be surprised that the FBI is investigating a number unprecedented of threats against agency personnel and property since this Republican surge?

A law enforcement officer outside the entrance to the Mar-a-Lago estate.

The search at the Mar-a-Lago, Florida estate continues to make political waves.

Photo: dpa via getty images / GIORGIO VIERA

The federal agency along with the Department of Homeland Security also issued a joint bulletin warning of violent threats against federal law enforcement, courts, and government personnel and facilities. Worse than that, the names of the two officers who signed the search warrant documents have been circulating online, thanks to right-wing media and network accounts.

Believe it or not, all this storm of Mar-a-Lago even said some Republicans that the idea of ​​government agencies being used by the left to target political opponents would help win Donald Trump in 2024.

What compass?

Because of its naturally partisan side, a political party must have a compass that will guide it as it navigates the sometimes troubled waters of decision-making, controversy and operational problems. Normal, therefore, that he constitutes a moral compass. But it looks like the Republican Party is having a very hard time finding its north.

This political tornado around the search of Donald Trump is blowing at a time when the party, under the influence of the ex-president, has selected, in more than half of the primaries which have taken place in 41 states so far, candidates who have chosen to line up behind the myth of the stolen election of 2020, yet repeatedly dismantled in court.

After a controversial decision by the Supreme Court on access to abortion, the numerous adoptions of bills by the Democrats in Congress, the continuous drop in the inflation rate and a certain fatigue among Americans in the face of the Trump saga crowned by the search and its fallout, voters may well decide to shun a disoriented Republican Party.

Is it a coincidence that the red wave forecast for both chambers of Congress next November is losing some of its power, according to the most recent polls? Democrats don’t necessarily expect to avoid the wrath of voters in the midterm elections. But will it be as dramatic as predicted a few months ago?

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