Trump Supporters Denounce FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago: ‘This Is Gestapo Crap!’

On Twitter and on TV, right-wingers compare the raid to Nazism

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Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump wave flags as they gather outside his Mar-a-Lago home after Trump said that FBI agents raided it in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. August 9, 2022.
Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump wave flags as they gather outside his Mar-a-Lago home after Trump said that FBI agents raided it in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. August 9, 2022.Credit: MARCO BELLO/ REUTERS
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Trump supporters denounced the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort as Nazism, comparing the agency’s search for documents Monday to tactics used by Hitler’s Gestapo and East Germany’s infamous secret police force, the Stasi.

Steve Bannon, who served as chief strategist in the Trump White House, said on Fox News that “the FBI right now is the Gestapo.”

U.S. Senator Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, compared the FBI’s actions to the Gestapo, as well as the Soviet Union and dictatorships in Latin America in an interview Tuesday on Fox Business.

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Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, who served as a deputy assistant to the president in 2017, said on Newsmax TV that the raid was “a hatchet job that is Gestapo Stasi tactics.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, the far-right Arizona Republican, called for “elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI.”

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In a video that she posted on Twitter, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, Republican from Colorado, called it “Gestapo crap.”

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Benny Johnson, conservative political columnist and host of “The Benny Report” on Newsmax TV, tweeted: “We live under a morally repugnant Gestapo regime.”

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Of course, the comparisons to Nazis didn’t fly with everyone. In response to Florida Republican Congressional candidate Lavern Spicer’s tweet comparing “Biden’s FBI” to “Hitler’s Gestapo,” someone responded: “Yep. Retrieving stolen classified documents is exactly like executing millions of Jews. Congratulations, you nailed the comparison.”

Ironically, while Trump supporters denounced the FBI raid as being Nazi-like, a new book reveals that Trump wanted his military advisors to be more like “the German generals in World War II.” According to an excerpt in The New Yorker from the book “The Divider,” by Susan Glasser and Peter Baker, Trump was annoyed that his own generals were prone to push back on his orders rather than accept them with blind loyalty.

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