The GOP’s and Conservative Media’s Irresponsible and Dangerous Response to the FBI Executing a Search Warrant of Mar-a-Lago.

Yesterday, the FBI executed a search warrant of Mar-a-Lago. My understanding is that they’re looking for government documents that Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago. The GOP and conservative media had a plan of how they would respond, and I wanted to focus on that in this thread.

14 thoughts on “The GOP’s and Conservative Media’s Irresponsible and Dangerous Response to the FBI Executing a Search Warrant of Mar-a-Lago.

  1. If the Republicans take back the House (and/or Senate), I think there’s a good chance we lose our republic.

    That sounds irrational, but that’s my reaction when I saw Kevin McCarthy’s tweet yesterday–in response to the news that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago:

    McCarthy is not only openly threatening the AG–he is doing so knowing that the DOJ likely has legitimate reasons for doing this. McCarthy says, “He’s seen enough.” What? How is he sure the search warrant wasn’t justified? Indeed, there have been several reports earlier this year that Trump took government documents to Mar-a-Lago. (There were reports he inappropriately destroyed or failed to preserve documents and information, which is illegal.*) In my view, McCarthy and the GOP don’t care if the search was legitimate–they’re all about power.

    Also, this doesn’t just pertain to Garland. To me, McCarthy’s quote signals they’ll go after Biden, or anyone in the federal agencies. Their criticisms below that “no one is safe” is projection. That’s what they’re going to do to their political enemies and any civil servant that gets in their way. When the GOP complains about Biden “weaponizing” the DOJ, they mean they’re going to weaponize the DOJ if they regain power.

    Does the GOP want violence?

    And it’s not just McCarthy. Look at the tweets below–tweets that I think are irresponsible and dangerous–tantamount to lighting a match and pouring gasoline on it. No one can be surprised if someone–a Democrat or Republican, a government worker–or their family member–is seriously hurt or even killed. The people in these tweets will have blood on their hands. It makes me wonder: Do they actually want violence from Trump supporters?

    Where is Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, et al.?!

    It’s unreal to me that they’re just deciding to sit this out, while all this happens. They want the DOJ, and Democrats and Cheney and Kinzinger, to do all the dirty work. They can’t sit this one out–not when the trajectory towards violence and the end of American experiment is clear. Could it be that they’re ignoring or downplaying 1/6?

    Utter and abject rot:

    Trump riled up a mob, sent them to the Capitol, and targeted Pence with a tweet, after the rioters breeched the Capitol—endangering not only Pence, but his wife, daughter, and the Secret Service trying to protect them. To put his ambition above this reaffirms that Pence himself is totally unfit to be POTUS.

    The use of “unprecedented” reminds me of a similar tactic the GOP used with negative press coverage. They would act as if really negative press coverage, by itself, proved “hatred” of Trump by the press. But it elided the most important question: was the coverage appropriate? Same here: Did Trump behave in unprecedented ways that might warrant the unprecedented searching of his property? I think there’s good reason to think the answer is yes.

    This is another variation less direct, but not less irresponsible way of undermining the trust in DOJ and the FBI.

    This approach is particularly reprehensible if the Grassley and others who adopt this approach know an investigation into Trump is justified and legitimate—or very likely could be. For my money, I believe Grassley, et al., know.

    8/10/2022

    I don’t like relying on edited videos, but if this clip is not an unfair distortion of Sen. Paul’s words, it’s really bad.

    This is like a guy pouring gasoline all over a house saying, “Hey, people are worried about homes burning down, and I don’t blame them.” A U.S. Senator saying these things without any proof is totally reckless. Actually, how can we not conclude that he and the GOP actually want to erode the trust in government?

    8/28/2022

    This the type of weasel approach that I find so despicable–namely expressing concern and speaking in a way that sounds descriptive, but actually serves to encourage violence and even threaten the DOJ if they prosecute Trump. And the kicker: Graham and others like him know that Trump did things that deserved impeachment and removal, if not the breaking of laws.

    8/31/2022

    1. Tangent: Regarding the “87,000 IRS workers coming after you” line

      The Dems’ big Inflation Reduction Bill includes monies to beef up the IRS. Why? Because analysis has shown that wealthy individuals get away with not paying taxes because the IRS doesn’t have the manpower and resources to analyze their complex tax returns. For example, from the WaPo editorial board:

      While the pandemic certainly caused additional strain on the agency, the core problem is that Republicans slashed the IRS budget about 18 percent in the past decade. That’s not belt-tightening, it’s gutting an agency. It’s no wonder staffing declined 20 percent, and the IRS now has the fewest auditors since 1953.

      With regard to the last point about the fewest auditors, the number of audits have decreased significantly over the last ten years, going from over 80% audits for corporations with over $20 billion in assets to under 40% in 2020.

      Please also check out this WaPo description of the outdated technology and processes within the IRS. It’s almost comical.

      Finally, read this WaPo op-ed by five previous IRS commissioners, advocating for an increase in resources and why that’s important. Here’s one reason:

      There has also been a substantial decline in enforcement scrutiny of high-earners and large corporations with complex returns: Audit rates for millionaires have fallen more than 70 percent since 2011; audits of large corporations decreased from essentially 100 percent a decade ago to less than 50 percent, according to the most recent IRS estimates.

      The result is that wealthy individuals and corporations end up not paying the taxes they owe. I think a high percentage of Americans, including Trump supporters, would support increasing resources to the IRS.

      The GOP’s tactic seems clear to me: They’re want to scare Americans and they don’t care if they undermine the trust and faith in the federal government to do so. Why? To me, it comes down to protecting the money of the wealthy, not keeping taxes low because it’s good for the economy. It’s a scam, and I’m afraid a lot of their supporters will fall for it.

      8/29/2022

  2. For the GOP, it’s all about power.

    As others have pointed out, Trump reviled in chants of “lock her up” at his rallies.

    Also, Hillary Clinton’s big sin was ostensibly inappropriate handling of classified information. We could generate a long list of examples–much more egregious–from Trump. Off the top of my head–using an insecure cell phone; giving highly classified information to the Russians in the oval office; looking at images of North Korean missile launches in an insecure setting in Mar-a-Lago…I could go on. (I believe Ivanka also used a private service while working in the WH, although maybe I’m wrong about that.)

    And now we have Trump taking government documents to Mar-a-Lago

    See this thread for articles on this:

    GOP didn’t care about any of this, but they care about Hillary’s emails and they didn’t think the DOJ or FBI were weaponized when they investigated for this–or publicly announcing a reopening of an investigation ten days before the 2016 presidential election.

    They don’t really have principles except to acquire power (and protect the money of the wealthy, which is related to the first goal).

  3. Violent talk on social media from Trump suporters

    Republicans and Rupert Murdoch and his crew know what can happen with inflammatory rhetoric.

    The “good” Republicans who are silent also know.

    Is it simply to a quest for power and money or do they actually want violence?

    8/10/2022

    More warning signs:

    Republicans should condemn this vociferously–to decrease the likelihood of violence. Of course, the Republicans and Murdoch and his minions used inflammatory rhetoric that likely instigated threats like this. Still, they could do the right thing and condemn this–or at least walk back their earlier statements. But I’m not expecting them to do so. (They’re going to wait until a judge or politician actually gets hurt before they do this. Until then, I predict they’ll continue with their reckless incitement.)

    That leaves the “responsible” Republicans and conservative journalists. They should vociferously condemn this, too. But as far as I can tell, they’ve largely been silent, which is just as bad.

    8/11/2022

    Sampling of incendiary rhetoric, dangerously demonizing Democrats and Biden, in order to fundraise:

    If there is a law against incitement of violence, I would think this would be in the ballpark.

    1. Man armed with AR-15 style rifle shoots into FBI Cincinnati building with a nail gun and flees, leading to interstate standoff

      Sadly, I’m guessing this won’t be enough to chasten and sober up the GOP.

    2. On the Tucker Carlson program Brian Kilmeade (subbing for Carlson) showed a manipulated photo of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffery Epstein–with Judge Reinhart’s head replacing Epstein’s.

      I’m thinking of the way some unhinged individuals believe Democrats and the “Deep State” are pedophiles. Fox News is endangering the life of Judge Reinhart.

  4. Merrick Garland Speaks

    Trump’s reaction

    Regarding Obama shipping “30 millions documents to Chicago,” read this analysis by WaPo’s Aaron Blake.

    Here’s a key part:

    As was reported back in late 2016, the Obama team was transferring the records to Chicago through the National Archives, which legally owns the documents once a president leaves office. Once the documents ultimately reached a warehouse in Chicago, the Obama Foundation was then due to pay the National Archives and Record Administration to digitize the documents. The lengthiness of that process aside, there isn’t the faintest hint of legal violations — nor does the (New York) Post’s story suggest as much.

    (emphasis added. Note the New York Post featured a recent op-ed citing these details, and Fox News and Trump ran with it.)

    8/12/2022

    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) responds to Trump’s accusations about Obama.

    Garland said that he would move to release some of information on the warrant. I believe the judge in the case gave Trump and his lawyers until 3 PM Friday to object or not. Here’s a social media post by Trump:

    I wonder what he has up his sleeve. (He has the information–he could release it himself.) Part of me thinks about his letter to President Zelensky–which Trump described as “perfect.” It was far from it, but Trump is clueless about behavior that is completely inappropriate. I’m wondering if this is the case this time as well–i.e., he genuinely doesn’t think he did anything wrong (but most responsible politicians would think the opposite).

    Another possibility, that would not surprise: At the last minute, Trump decides to oppose the release of the warrant. (cf. Secret Service or Ginny Thomas boldly claiming they’ll testify under oath, and then later decide not to.)

    GOP reaction

    No, the primary way to restore trust is for Republicans and “Conservative” pundits to defend the FBI and DOJ–especially if they believe the public should trust them. If they don’t feel like these agencies are trustworthy, provide the substantive evidence that would vindicate this claim. And if they lack this evidence, they shouldn’t lend legitimize feelings of distrust for these agencies.

    The whopping 2 congressional Republicans defending the FBI

    The silence from Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse, Pat Toomey and the other Republican senators that voted to convict Trump in the second impeachment is deafening. They’re sitting this out. Apparently, they’re going to wait for something more horrific than 1/6 before they join Cheney and Kinzinger. So disappointing.

    1. Apparently DOJ/FBI were looking for…

      “Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.” from WaPo

      Material about nuclear weapons is especially sensitive and usually restricted to a small number of government officials, experts said. Publicizing details about U.S. weapons could provide an intelligence road map to adversaries seeking to build ways of countering those systems. And other countries might view exposing their nuclear secrets as a threat, experts said.

      Later,

      “If that is true, it would suggest that material residing unlawfully at Mar-a-Lago may have been classified at the highest classification level,” said David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section, which investigates leaks of classified information. “If the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible.”

      There’s also this information, which would should interest those who felt Hillary Clinton should have been “locked up” for her handling of classified information:

      Former senior intelligence officials said in interviews that during the Trump administration, highly classified intelligence about sensitive topics, including about intelligence-gathering on Iran, was routinely mishandled. One former official said the most highly classified information often ended up in the hands of personnel who didn’t appear to have a need to possess it or weren’t authorized to read it.

      That former official also said signals intelligence — intercepted electronic communications such as emails and phone calls of foreign leaders — was among the type of information that often ended up with unauthorized personnel. Such intercepts are among the most closely guarded secrets because of what they can reveal about how the United States has penetrated foreign governments.

      A person familiar with the inventory of 15 boxes taken from Mar-a-Lago in January indicated that signals intelligence material was included in them. The precise nature of the information was unclear.

      (emphasis added)

      The article mentions violent threats against federal law enforcement as well:

      The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association — the professional association representing 31,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents — said in a statement Wednesday evening that its agents had received “extreme threats of violence” this week.

      “All law enforcement understand their work makes them a target for criminal actors,” wrote the group’s president, Larry Cosme. “However, the politically motivated threats of violence against the FBI this week are unprecedented in recent history and absolutely unacceptable.”

      Something else to consider:

  5. What’s in the unsealed Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant?

    This is analysis from Lawfareblog.com. I haven’t read it all yet, but I’ll try to comment later.

    Also,

    It’s a good point, but I would add–it doesn’t mean Trump didn’t commit espionage; we just don’t know right now.

    Another valid question/rebuttal to Trump claims and GOP defense of Trump:

    (I want to put a thread on declassification, and maybe I will later. But I would note that I’ve seen knowledgeable people say that the information need not be classified for a crime to have occurred.)

  6. Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned from the NYT

    Mr. Trump returned 15 boxes of material in January of this year. When archivists examined the material, they found many pages of documents with classified markings and referred the matter to the Justice Department, which began an investigation and convened a grand jury.

    He had those documents for at least a year, which is worrisome given his history of not following security protocols.

    (Aside: At some point, some Trump supporters will likely make the following argument: “If these documents were so critical, why’d the National Archives and DOJ wait so long?” Answer: Former presidents would normally be given the doubt and courtesy. I would ask Trump supporters: Do they not trust Trump regarding the materials he’d taken? Would they have wanted NARA and DOJ to go after the documents much earlier?)

    In the spring, the Justice Department issued a subpoena to Mr. Trump seeking further documents believed to be in his possession. He was repeatedly urged by advisers to return what remained, despite what they described as his desire to continue to hold onto some documents.

    (emphasis added)

    This is significant. His own advisers “urged” him to returned what remained. The advisers also reveal Trump’s desire to hold on to them. This would eliminate the argument that Trump didn’t know or wasn’t told to return the items. He wanted to keep the document in spite of being told he couldn’t.

    In June 2022, Jay Bratt and some others from DOJ met with Trump and his lawyers to resolve this.

    According to two people briefed on the visit, Mr. Bratt and his team left with additional material marked classified, and around that time also obtained the written declaration from a Trump lawyer attesting that all the material marked classified in the boxes had been turned over.

    (emphasis added)

    This seems really bad for Trump’s lawyers, and Trump himself.

    A short time after the meeting, according to people briefed on it, Mr. Bratt sent Mr. Corcoran an email telling him to get a more secure padlock for the room. Mr. Trump’s team complied.

    Someone else brought up the question as to why DOJ ordered a padlock on the room? Didn’t DOJ believe they had all the documents?

    The Justice Department also subpoenaed surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago, including views from outside the storage room. According to a person briefed on the matter, the footage prompted concern among investigators about the handling of the material.

    Shortly before Mr. Garland made the announcement, a person close to Mr. Trump reached out to a Justice Department official to pass along a message from the former president to the attorney general. Mr. Trump wanted Mr. Garland to know he had been checking in with people around the country and found them to be enraged by the search.

    “The country is on fire,” Mr. Trump said, according to a person familiar with the exchange. “What can I do to reduce the heat?”

    Answer: Stop making false accusations against the DOJ and FBI. Of course, that assume he cares about putting out this fire, which is something we can rule out given his track record. The next paragraph is a case in point:

    The following day, as a judge unsealed the warrant and the inventory of items that the F.B.I. took, Mr. Trump alternately claimed he did nothing wrong and also made the baseless statement that officials may have planted evidence on him.

    My understanding is that Trump gave the subpoena, with the names of the FBI agents, to Brietbart, and the latter released this information to the public. Now, those agents’s lives and the lives of their family are in jeopardy.

    Summary of Trump’s defense

    This seems like a decent summary:

    I want to make another point. Anti-Trumpers are tearing a part and mocking these arguments on twitter, which seem wholly justified. However, the larger goal for Trump and his minions may be to confuse and exhause the public, particularly the casual news consumers. The arguments are silly and even contradictory, but the latter may be feature not a bug–if your goal is confusion. This is the “flood the zone with falsehood” method, and it’s a real problem, not something to laugh off and dismiss.

    Trump’s secrets: How a records dispute led the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago from WaPo

    In the spring of 2021, the National Archives and Records Administration, the government agency charged by law with maintaining the papers of former presidents, alerted Trump’s team to a problem. In going through materials transferred from the White House in the chaotic final days of Trump’s presidency, officials had noticed that certain high-profile documents were missing. Trump’s correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he had termed “love letters.” A National Weather Service map of Hurricane Dorian, which Trump had famously marked up with a black Sharpie pen to extend to Alabama.

    Under the Presidential Records Act, the items belonged to the American people. The Archives asked for them back.

    People familiar with those initial conversations said Trump was hesitant to return the documents, dragging his feet for months as officials grew peeved and eventually threatened to alert Congress or the Justice Department to his reticence.

    (emphasis added)

    On Jan. 17 of this year, Trump relented, allowing a contractor for the Archives to load up 15 boxes at Mar-a-Lago and truck them north to a facility in Maryland….But as Archives officials sifted through the recovered documents, they began to suspect some records were still missing. They also realized some of the returned material was clearly classified, including highly sensitive signals intelligence — intercepted electronic communications such as emails and phone calls of foreign leaders.

    All of this raised a distressing possibility: Might there still be classified records tucked away at Trump’s private Florida club?…

    …By February, Archives officials had formally referred the matter to the Justice Department.

    At first, Archives officials believed the FBI wasn’t taking the documents issue seriously and grew frustrated, according to people familiar with the document dispute.

    But agents had interviewed Trump’s current and former advisers, asking them how the boxes taken to Mar-a-Lago were packed, what material was in them, who was responsible for the packing and what might still be at the Florida club, according to a person who was questioned.

    Trump’s handling of classified information

    A Trump adviser said the former president’s reluctance to relinquish the records stems from his belief that many items created during his term — photos, notes, even a model of Air Force One built to show off a new paint job he had commissioned — are now his personal property, despite a law dating to the 1970s that decreed otherwise.

    “He gave them what he believed was theirs,” the adviser said.

    “He gets his back up every time they asked him for something,” said another Trump adviser. “He didn’t give them the documents because he didn’t want to. He doesn’t like those people. He doesn’t trust those people.”

    From his former Chief of Staff, John Kelly:

    …the former president had long exhibited a lack of respect for the strict rules for document handling sacred to the intelligence community, which is in the business of guarding the country’s national security.

    “His sense was that the people who are in the intel business are incompetent, and he knew better,” Kelly said. “He didn’t believe in the classification system.”

    From his former National Security Adviser, John Bolton:

    …“almost nothing would surprise me about what’s in the documents at Mar-a-Lago.” He recalled that Trump would at times ask to keep the highly classified visual aids, pictures, charts and graphs prepared to augment his presidential daily brief, a document presented to him each day about key pressing issues, which he did not typically read.

    “People were nervous enough about his lack of concern for classification matters that the briefers typically said, ‘Well, we need to take it back,’ ” Bolton said. “He’d usually give it back — but sometimes he wouldn’t give it back.”

    Destorying documents

    Advisers said they also regularly saw Trump destroy documents, both in the White House and at Mar-a-Lago.

    1. Law enforcement investigating an arsonist. Arsonist says people are mad, and we could see more fire. While pouring gasoline, arsonist says he’s worried about fires, says he’ll do whatever he can to prevent them.

      Trump ‘will do whatever’ he can to ‘help the country’ after FBI raid: ‘Temperature has to be brought down’ Fox News

      It doesn’t seem like his desire to help is genuine:

      “They could take anything they want, and put anything they want in,” Trump said of the FBI agents. “My people were asked to stand outside.”

      Trump went on to suggest that the FBI “could have planted anything they wanted” during the raid.

      People are so angry at what is taking place,” Trump said. “Whatever we can do to help — because the temperature has to be brought down in the country. If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen.”

      He added: “The people of this country are not going to stand for another scam.”

      An example of projection–i.e., use of the word “scam.”

      Unfortunately, his incitement has real world impact:

      Following the FBI’s execution of the search warrant at Trump’s home, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a bulletin to law enforcement agencies warning of increased threats.

      In the days since the warrant was executed, the FBI and DHS have seen an increase in “violent threats” against law enforcement, judiciary and government personnel, including a particular threat to “place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters,” according to the bulletin.

      My understanding is that a “dirty bomb” is a radioactive weapon, a kind of nuclear device without the explosion. (I could be wrong about that last part, though.)

      Congressional Republicans and conservative pundits who have participated in inflammatory language or who have remained silent will have blood on their hands if law enforcement or federal employees are hut. It’s totally predictable.

    2. I didn’t read this, but I’m skeptical this is true.

  7. As Trump’s legal peril increases, Trump will likely become more erratic, and he’ll likely attempt to intensify the anger of his supporters.

    I’m reminded of one of those Georgia election officials who held a press conference where he emphatically warned that someone would get shot because of inflammatory lies.

    On a side note, I heard an interview with someone who wrote about far-right groups. She said she’s worried about another Oklahoma City type bombing.

    9/1/2022

    It sounds like Trump is offering pardons (or seriously considering it, if he is re-elected) to individuals (at least some) involved in the 1/6 insurrection, as well as give them an apology (from the government?). Crazy that this is acceptable.

    (I didn’t think of this, but someone mentioned that this was essentially pardons, which could undermine cooperation from people who the government prosecuted. Dangling pardons = obstruction of justice.)

  8. Here’s what congressional Republicans should be saying

    Trump had a rally for GOP candidate Doug Mastriano and Mehmet Oz yesterday. In the speech, Trump once again dangerously attacked the FBI, DOJ, and a federal magistrate. (Note: This is from CSPAN transcript, and for whatever reason, CSPAN writes in all caps.)

    USA! USA! USA! FMR. PRES. TRUMP: THERE COULD BE NO MORE VIVID EXAMPLE OF THE VERY REAL THREATS TO AMERICAN FREEDOM THAN JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, YOU SAW IT, WHEN WE WITNESS ONE OF THE — [INDISCERNIBLE] [NO AUDIO] — IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE SHAMEFUL RAID AND BREAK IN OF MY HOME AT MAR-A-LAGO WAS A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE. [BOOING] THAT MADE A MOCKERY OF AMERICA’S LAWS, TRADITIONS, AND PRINCIPLES BEFORE THE ENTIRE WORLD. THE ENTIRE WORLD WAS WATCHING, AND THEY ARE SHOCKED. THEY ARE SHOCKED. SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES, NUMEROUS OF THEM, THEIR LEADERS SAID, CAN YOU IMAGINE IF THAT WAS EVER DONE IN OUR COUNTRY, WHAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE SAYING ABOUT US? THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION INVADED THE HOME OF THEIR CHIEF POLITICAL OPPONENT, WHO WAS ABSOLUTELY DESTROYING HIM AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THE POLLS, I HATE TO TELL YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] EVEN INCLUDING THE REPUBLICANS, BUT WE LOVE THE REPUBLICANS. ON A PHONY PRETEXT, GETTING PERMISSION FROM A HIGHLY POLITICAL MAGISTRATE, WHO THE HAND PICKED LATE IN THE EVENING, JUST DAYS BEFORE THE BREAK-IN, AND TRAMPLED UPON MY RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, AS IF OUR COUNTRY WE LOVE SO MUCH WERE LIKE A THIRD WORLD NATION. WE ARE LIKE A THIRD WORLD NATION. [BOOING] THEY RIFLED THROUGH THE FIRST LADY’S CLOSET DRAWERS, AND EVERYTHING ELSE. [BOOING] AND EVEN DID A DEEP AND UGLY SEARCH OF THE ROOM THAT MY 16-YEAR-OLD SON. [BOOING] LEAVING EVERYTHING THEY TOUCHED IN FAR DIFFERENT CONDITION THEN IT WAS WHEN THEY STARTED. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? THE FBI AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAVE BECOME VICIOUS MONSTERS, CONTROLLED BY RADICAL LEFTIST SCOUNDRELS, LAWYERS, AND THE MEDIA WHO TELL THEM WHAT TO DO — YOU PEOPLE RIGHT THERE — AND WHEN TO DO IT. [BOOING] THEY ARE TRYING TO SILENCE ME, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY ARE TRYING TO SILENCE YOU, BUT WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED. RIGHT? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHANTING]

    Here’s what Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger tweeted this morning in response to Trump’s speech.

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