Trump fanatics of all colours and creeds descended on Mar-a-Lago for a second night to defy his political enemies.
Proud Boys, Cuban exiles, and African Americans wearing Blacks For Trump T-shirts supported the former president.
Supporters honked horns, sang rock anthems, and waved flags and banners at Trump’s Florida home a day after the raid.
Law enforcement prevented crowds from gathering outside Trump’s swanky Palm Beach club.
Die-hards with MAGA hats, US flags, and Trump 2024 shirts lined the nearby causeway to show contempt for the FBI probe. Trump left office with classified documents.
Trump said agents opened a safe at his home during a ‘unannounced raid’ he called ‘prosecutorial misconduct’
He claimed the FBI ‘allowed’ Hillary Clinton to ‘acid wash’ 33,000 emails from her time as secretary of state.
‘Bullocks. Tank, a member of the Broward County Proud Boys chapter who declined to give his full name, said they want to stop him from running in 2024.
20 Proud Boys are heading to Mar-a-Lago to support the president, he told DailyMail.com.
‘We have culled out the bad actors, we don’t condone aggressive conduct,’ he said, swigging Stella Artois beer and made a white supremacist-looking OK sign with his fingers.
He continued, ‘We’re here to assist the future President.’ In 2024, Trump will surprise many. Democrats will be sad.
Maurice Symonette, 63, a promoter and salesperson, protested with Blacks for Trump in a Rolls-Royce.
Before running for president, Trump enjoyed the backing of rappers, sportsmen, and boxers.
He stated Biden used the N-word in 1985 while referencing someone else.
This inquiry is a weak effort to bring down Trump. 45 is unstoppable. Deplorables are winning.
Wheelchair-bound Ray Bulman, a retired fireman, had only left his Margate, Florida home a few times in the preceding five years before visiting Mar-a-Lago.
Diabetes, PTSD, I hardly leave the home. Ray, 70, told DailyMail.com, “Someone must stand up for our nation.”
Trump is targeted because he drains the swamp. It’s hard to battle the government and the false media with thousands of attorneys.
DailyMail.com said that police were on high alert for Trump supporters with firearms.
The vibe was euphoric, like a tailgate party, until police began towing illegally parked automobiles down Southern Boulevard, which connects West Palm Beach to Palm Beach island.
Joe Culhane used a baseball bat as a flagpole and wore a 2nd Amendment T-shirt.
He didn’t carry a gun because he didn’t want to hassle police, he told DailyMail.com.
‘They can’t tell who’s good. Joe, 61, of Lake Worth, Florida, remarked, “I might be Antifa.”
Dianna, 61, laughed as she clutched a flag with Trump’s head on Rambo’s torso.
When she learned about the raid, she couldn’t stop weeping.
‘An escaped Chinese lady told me this is what occurred there. Communism.
Flordelis Grotesan, 52, lived under Castro.
Her T-shirt said “TRUMP 20/NOW” and “anti communist.”
‘I know what’s going on since I was born a slave in Cuba,’ she told DailyMail.com via a translator.
Her “F*** BIDEN” cap required no translation.
Floredis: ‘Trump has done nothing wrong.’ They want a pretext to attack him.
The former president complained about his treatment by the government and celebrated primary wins for politicians he sponsored on his TRUTH social media site.
Trump posted Tuesday evening, ‘We are no better than a third-world nation, a banana republic,’ echoing many conservatives, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
‘Joe Kent just won a remarkable campaign against all odds in Washington State,’ he said of Kent’s triumph against pro-impeachment Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.
He defeated Jaime Herrera Beutler, who mistakenly played into the Democrats’ hands.
The raid on Trump’s residence escalates a months-long investigation into how secret information wound up at Mar-a-Lago.
A second grand jury investigation investigating attempts to change the 2020 election results adds to Trump’s legal jeopardy as he prepares for another run.
Battle lines drawn during a four-year administration dogged by FBI and congressional probes swiftly resurfaced Monday night.
Trump and his allies sought to cast the search as a weaponization of the criminal justice system and a Democratic-driven effort to keep him from winning another term in 2024.
The Biden White House said it had no prior knowledge of it, and the current FBI director, Christopher Wray, was appointed by Trump five years ago and served in a Republican-led Justice Department.
The response serves as a reminder of the former president’s lasting influence over the GOP, amid talk of a 2024 candidacy.
Indiana GOP Rep. Jim Banks, RSC chair, stated, ‘The sooner he starts his campaign, the better.’
Banks was among a dozen GOP congressmen who met with Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, vacation residence.
Banks claimed the group discussed the midterm elections and the 2024 presidential campaign over steak, scallops, mashed potatoes, salad, and a Trump cookie.
The former president told legislators he’s decided to run in 2024 and ‘we’ll all be satisfied with his choice.’
The FBI search appeared to change Trump’s advisors’ advice to wait until after the midterms to run again.
Some advisers urged him to launch his campaign before November.
In the hours following the search, Trump posted a campaign-style video online. “It’s not over yet,” he said.
In a fundraising appeal, he said, ‘It wasn’t just my home that was violated; it was the home of every patriotic American I’ve fought for.’
Lindsey Graham said he spoke with Trump and expects another campaign.
Graham said, “One thing.” I thought he’d flee. I’m more confident.’
Democrats countered GOP charges of political influence without proof. Some accused the GOP of abandoning ‘law and order’
Nancy Pelosi: Trump appointed the FBI director.
Asked whether the search may damage Democrats in November, she replied, ‘You’re saying if the Justice Department has a warrant because they feel something is legitimate, it will affect the election?’ No. No. No. No.
Some of Trump’s most vociferous Republican detractors didn’t embrace Obama.
It’s uncertain how Republican supporters and independents disillusioned by Trump’s divided leadership will react.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor and 2024 presidential candidate, said a judge had to sign the warrant.
Christie: ‘The previous president is deemed innocent.’ We can’t impugn prosecutors’ motivations merely because they’re from another party.
‘It’s amazing. And it needs some amazing facts. If so, they can accomplish it.
Some Republican leaders refused to comment, expressing reservations about Trump.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell led the GOP leaders who kept mute Tuesday afternoon. He has privately pushed his party to move beyond Trump.
The Kentucky Republican said, ‘The country needs a detailed and fast explanation of Monday’s events.
Attorney General Garland and the DOJ must address the public’s questions quickly.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is running for president, had ‘grave concerns’ about the search of Trump’s home.
He didn’t attack the FBI. Instead, he added Attorney General Merrick Garland should ‘now offer a thorough explanation to the American people’
Arkansas’ Tom Cotton and Missouri’s Josh Hawley criticised the Justice Department for Trump.
Hawley called the search an attack on democratic principles and the rule of law. He demanded Garland’s resignation or impeachment and Wray’s ouster.
Cotton alleged Garland ‘weaponized’ the Justice Department against his opponents. He cautioned, “This has repercussions.”
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, another Republican considering 2024, called the probe ‘unusual and worrisome.’ He continued, “We must review the probable cause document before judging.”
The search heightened a months-long investigation into how confidential information got up at Mar-a-Lago. A grand jury is examining Trump and supporters’ attempts to overthrow the 2020 election.
The Justice Department is examining the possible misuse of sensitive material after the National Archives and Papers Administration acquired 15 boxes of classified records from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.
The National Archives claimed Trump should have given over the documents before leaving office and requested the Justice Department to investigate.
Multiple federal regulations control the handling of classified records and sensitive government papers, including legislation that make it illegal to remove such information and store it in an unauthorised place.
Federal investigators seeking a search warrant must first show a court they have reasonable evidence a crime happened.
Two sources familiar with the incident, who spoke anonymously to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the search was connected to the records inquiry. Agents also checked Trump’s estate for presidential records or secret materials.
Trump has said presidential documents were released ‘routinely’
Eric Trump, who was also in Trump Tower on Monday, claimed he alerted his father about the raid.
‘I got the call this morning, called my father, and was involved all day,’ he told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Welcome to 2020s politics!
‘To have 30 FBI agents – actually more – descend on Mar-a-Lago with no notice, go through the gates, and start ransacking an office, closet, and safe.
His safe was empty.
Eric Trump claimed the papers were carried to Mar-a-Lago during’six hours’ on Inauguration Day as the Bidens prepared to move in.
Eric Trump: “My father saved newspaper clippings.”
He left the White House with boxes.
He blamed President Joe Biden’s White House.
This isn’t from the Palm Beach FBI office.
‘Where’d this come from?’ This originated at Washington, D.C.’s White House. Eric Trump: They want to target Biden’s biggest danger.
Biden’s White House was clueless. The New York Times stated that Twitter alerted White House officials.
Lara Trump said Fox News,’my father-in-law, as anybody who’s been around him knows, likes to keep newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, pictures, and White House papers that he had every permission to remove.’
She termed the raid an effort to damage him since her father-in-law may run for president in 2024.
Trump exited from Trump Tower in New York City before 8 p.m. and waved to spectators.
Trump made no mention of the search during a tele-town hall on behalf of Leora Levy, the Connecticut Republican he has backed in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary to choose a general election opponent against Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Trump backed Levy last week, declaring her the finest choice ‘to replace Connecticut’s joke of a senator’
In a social media post Monday night, he was considerably more unrestrained, calling the search a ‘weaponization of the Justice System and an assault by Radical Left Democrats’
Other Republicans agreed. Ronna McDaniel, chair of the GOP National Committee, called the search ‘outrageous’ and said it should motivate voters in November.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a prospective 2024 presidential contender, called it ‘an escalation in the weaponization’ of U.S. agencies.
Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, tweeted that the Justice Department ‘has reached an untenable level of weaponized partisanship’ If Republicans take control of the House, they will investigate.
Trump’s involvement in a probe into the handling of sensitive material is notable considering how he used an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server during the 2016 presidential race.
The FBI decided that Clinton provided and received secret material, but it did not recommend criminal charges because Clinton did not intend to breach the law.
Trump criticised the decision and then the FBI as agents investigated whether his campaign collaborated with Russia to win the 2016 election. He dismissed Comey during the inquiry and blasted Wray as president months later.
Vanderbilt University history professor Thomas Schwartz said there is no precedence for a former president facing an FBI raid, even dating back to Watergate. Nixon wasn’t authorised to remove recordings or other documents from the White House when he left in 1974, Schwartz said. Many of his papers stayed in Washington for years before being moved to his presidential library in California.
Schwartz, author of ‘Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography,’ said this shows how unusual the Trump era was. His odd conduct
The investigation isn’t Trump’s only legal problem. A separate investigation into Trump and his allies’ efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, which led to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, is also intensifying in Washington. Several ex-White House officials were subpoenaed.
Fulton County, Georgia’s district attorney is examining whether Trump and his cronies interfered in Joe Biden’s election.