During an appearance on FNC’s “Hannity” following news that the FBI had raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach and seized Rep. Scott Perry’s cell phone, Florida Senator Marco Rubio warned that the FBI is going to start harassing and even arresting conservatives and Trump supporters under the pretext they’re potential insurrectionists because they’re angry.
According to Senator Rubio targeting conservatives and opposition supporters is the next step in a playbook that has been used over and over again in Latin America and around the world.
“I’m here in a very unique position in South Florida surrounded by people that come from countries where this is familiar to them. This is shocking to Americans. But in Latin America, and many of these, you know, countries around the world, here’s what happens.”
“A group takes power. One of the first things that group does is they begin to persecute and go after their political opponents. And then when the supporters of their political opponents begin to complain about it, they begin to target them and they criminalize opposition. And that’s what’s happening here now.”
“They took power. They are demanding — and you see it on Twitter, you see their public statements — they’re demanding, they want Donald Trump arrested. They want them charged right now, they wanted to charge a month ago, years ago, they wanted him charged.”
“And I’m telling you the next thing you’re going to see here, Sean, because it’s the playbook, and that is, they are now going to begin to say, ‘Oh, are these Trump supporters, these Republicans, they’re very upset. They’re saying very angry things. We think they might be a threat. We think they’re radical extremists. Let’s start arresting them.”
“You’re going — the next step in this process is going to be that people who are supporters of Donald Trump’s or just conservatives complaining about this are going to begin to get harassed by — are going to begin to get labeled as potential insurrectionists and are going to begin to get harassed by law enforcement. That’s the next step in this playbook, sadly.”
Senator Rubio may have understimated the speed at which the FBI would begin it’s targeting campaign.
This morning FBI Director Christopher Wray warned about increasing threats against his agents and himself calling such threats deplorable and dangerous as Fox News reports:
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday pushed back on social media threats made against him and other law enforcement officers, following his agency’s unprecedented search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
On Monday, the FBI executed a “raid” on Trump’s Florida home and by that night, droves of social media posts criticized the incident and accused the bureau of being politicized in nature. Some messages also called for violence towards Wray, a massive uprising, and even a civil war.
“I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement,” Wray said Wednesday, condemning the posts. “Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with.”
He called the threats “deplorable and dangerous.”
Of course violence against FBI agents or law enforcement is not the answer.
That said, the actions of the FBI, the FBI Director and the Attorney General are without question deplorable and dangerous and it would be a big mistake to not take Marco Rubio’s warning very, very seriously..