“Defund the FBI” trended on Twitter as news that the FBIsearched the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, FL, unannounced on Monday, made its rounds on social media.
Donald Trump’s Home Searched by FBI
The search comes as political figures accused Donald Trump of taking classified documents from the White House, the Associated Press reports.
As news of the search broke, many Republicans took to Twitter and expressed that the GOP should dissolve the organization.
Republicans Want To “Defund The FBI”
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia were among the many people that expressed the same sentiments.
Rep. @laurenboebert: “Dept of Injustice” Raiding Mar-a-Lago “Is Gestapo Crap” pic.twitter.com/beJQ97BmP9
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 9, 2022
In a now deleted Tweet, Boebert expressed:
The GOP majority must defund all forms of tyranny throughout Biden’s government @FBI
NEW: Here are photos that the NY Times’ Maggie Haberman obtained from a White House source showing documents with Trump’s handwriting on them — in two different toilets. Trump reportedly flushed both sets of documents repeatedly. This contradicts his repeated denials. pic.twitter.com/fn1SjOFxDW
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 8, 2022
DEFUND THE FBI!
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 9, 2022
Conservative journalist Todd Starnes stated the “FBI” had been “weaponized” and should be “dismantled.”
The FBI has been weaponized. Defund and Dismantle.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) August 9, 2022
A few people with a different opinion found it hypocritical, considering many who tweeted about defunding the police were champions of “back the blue” during the George Floyd protests.
People Speak Out About Republicans
One person tweeted:
Not a conservative tweeting “defund the FBI,” the biggest law enforcement agency in the country after Trump got raided. pic.twitter.com/yTywJkxFE1
— Preston Mitchum, he/him (@PrestonMitchum) August 9, 2022
Another person said:
These people never really cared about defending police with this “defund the FBI” after Mar-a-Lago raid and minimizing Capitol Police. They culturally accepted police only as a mechanism to keep Black and Brown people in their place and terrorize them and nothing further
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) August 9, 2022
Donald Trump Releases Statement About FBI Raid
Donald Trump gave a statement and stated in part:
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Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.” He also referred to the raid as “a dark time.
Roomies, what do y’all think?