Democrat political operatives are scrambling to redefine words again as the public sours against the FBI’s pre-dawn Monday raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound.
Mainstream media reporters and Democrat insiders on Twitter correctly characterized the FBI’s unprecedented actions against Trump as a “raid,” including MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, CNN’s Rick Wilson, former Clinton lawyer Marc Elias, and former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
There are 5.6 million Trump voters in Florida.
Couple dozen showed up to wave flags & get on tv in front of his home after the FBI raid.
That is not outrage.
There is no uprising.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) August 9, 2022
It was a beautiful raid. A perfect raid. People tell me they've never seen such as perfect raid.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 9, 2022
The media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics.👇 pic.twitter.com/3BdI9NA9Az
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) August 9, 2022
One thing is very clear.
Garland would not have authorized this raid, and no federal judge would have signed off on it, if there weren't significant evidence to warrant it.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 8, 2022
But they apparently didn’t get the memo not to call the raid a raid after the resulting condemnation by both Republicans and some Democrats of the FBI’s raid prompted critics to push back against the term.
VP Kamala Harris’ former aide Symone Sanders pleaded to fellow Democrats not to call the FBI’s raid a “raid.”
Please folks stop calling it a “raid.”
— Symone D. Sanders-Townsend (@SymoneDSanders) August 9, 2022
Democratic Georgia state Rep. Erick Allen wrote, “To be clear, a lawful execution of a search warrant is NOT A RAID. TFG is not a victim.”
To be clear, a lawful execution of a search warrant is NOT A RAID. TFG is not a victim.
— Rep. Erick Allen (@erickallen) August 9, 2022
Former US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce Alene wrote, “We don’t know yet what crimes the FBI had sufficient evidence of to convince a federal judge there was probable cause to search Trump’s residence, but the execution of a search warrant isn’t a raid.”
We don't know yet what crimes the FBI had sufficient evidence of to convince a federal judge there was probable cause to search Trump's residence, but the execution of a search warrant isn't a raid. It's a judicially overseen process. Still unknown: the subject of the search.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) August 8, 2022
“PBS News Weekend” anchor Geoff Bennett wrote, “It’s a ‘search,’ not a ‘raid.’”
It’s a “search,” not a “raid.” 👇🏽 https://t.co/TqXH3nX5Tc
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) August 8, 2022
Brookings Institute senior fellow Benjamin Wittes tweeted, “A court-authorized search is not a raid.”
A court-authorized search is not a raid.
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) August 9, 2022
Journalist Stephen Fowler argued, “The FBI search warrant has to undergo a lot of steps – including a federal judge – to be signed off on. So it’s not a ‘raid’ or ‘siege’ like Trump implies.”
What the Rep. probably doesn’t want you to know is that the FBI search warrant has to undergo a lot of steps – including a federal judge – to be signed off on.
So it’s not a “raid” or “siege” like Trump implies. https://t.co/CwdxU4l7qB
— stephen fowler (@stphnfwlr) August 9, 2022
Democrat political commentator David Weissman wrote, “This was not a raid. Merrick Garland had a legal search warrant to search Mar A Lago. No one is above the law.”
This was not a raid. Merrick Garland had a legal search warrant to search Mar A Lago. No one is above the law.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 9, 2022
Dozens of FBI agents stormed the Mar-a-Lago compound in the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning while Trump was in New York City, taking 15 boxes of documents without properly identifying their contents and even breaking into Trump’s safe.