As could be expected by anyone with a brain and an understanding of how certain actions lead to certain reactions, the response of the average, Trump-supporting GOP voter to the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence hasn’t been particularly supportive.
In fact, the raid has just convinced many Trump supporters who were already horrified by how the FBI and DOJ persecuted Trump over the false “Russian collusion” allegations that the FBI is nothing more than a corrupt gang of political hacks.
The “why” behind that uptick in anti-FBI sentiment is easy to discern, as seemingly the banana republic-like nature of the raid, which many contend was an effort by the FBI to intimidate the political opposition into silence and potentially even plant evidence on President Trump, is evident to many Republicans.
But, of course, the FBI isn’t backing down or apologizing for the raid. Rather, Christopher Wray is bizarrely attempting to frame the FBI as the victim of “threats,” refusing to comment on the raid itself but condemning the outrage sparked by them.
Speaking on that while at an FBI field office in Omaha, Nebraska, FBI Director Wray said:
“As to the issue of threats, I will say that I’m always concerned about violence and threats of violence against law enforcement.
“Any threats made against law enforcement, including men and women of the FBI, as with any law enforcement agency, are deplorable and dangerous.”
Yes, obviously threats of violence against law enforcement officers, however Stasi-like they might seem, aren’t a good thing. For one, they’re what the regime wants, as they give it an excuse to crack down yet more and, beyond that, they’re illegal and directing anger in an unproductive manner/
But the issue here obviously isn’t that a few people with “MAGA” in their Twitter bio are saying mean things about the FBI. It’s that the FBI raided the home of the political opposition.
Wray refused to recognize that, responding by saying, when asked “How concerned are you that after the raid, that that could embolden maybe incentivize some of the same bad actors from Jan. 6 to doing something similar?”, that:
“Again, violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter what anybody’s upset about or who they’re upset with.”
Again, threatening law enforcement officers is bad. Everyone understands that, even if a few people were a bit immoderate in their word choice following the raid.
But to criticize the language used without acknowledging any of the many problems with the raid is absurd, showing either a complete lack of understanding of what the average American finds acceptable in the political fight, or a total contempt for those who voted for Donald Trump.
My money is on the latter, but perhaps Wray, a former white-collar crime lawyer, is just completely out of touch with the 70 million or so Americans that voted for President Trump and are now coming to his defense in the wake of the raid.