FBI Raid On Trump Energizing Republican Voters Ahead Of Midterms

Just when it seemed Democrats were making moderate gains across the country and potentially beginning to shield themselves from catastrophic losses in November’s midterm elections, the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s home changed everything.

Inflation was slowing down ever so slightly, multi-billion dollar spending bills were beginning to give congressional Democrats the appearance of successful governance, and then boom — the most blatant possible display of political persecution entered the picture.

It’s too early to say for sure that the FBI search of Trump’s home last week will have as outsized an impact on the midterms as some are predicting; the elections are still three months away, after all, and a lot can happen in that span of time.

But there’s no question that the raid will have some amount of electoral impact, and that — here’s the kicker — nearly all of that impact will be a massive boon to Republicans.

Consider the poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group last week, in which 1,000 likely voters were asked if the FBI raid increased their motivation to vote in the 2022 election.

While 55.2% of the Democrats surveyed said that it did, a whopping 83.2% of Republicans — basically as close to 100% as you can get in a political poll — said the raid made them more motivated to vote in the midterms.

The picture of a wildly amped-up Republican base seems to find support on an anecdotal level, too. In an interview, Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States Action, said the Trump-DOJ situation had fired up even those who “weren’t that enthused” before.

“This FBI thing is off the charts,” Meckler said. “I can just tell you that from dealing with grassroots all over the country, people are freaking out. And by that I mean, they’re going to vote, they’re going to drag everybody they know to the polls.”

“And a lot of the people who weren’t that enthused don’t like the police-state stuff, and they’re going to come out and vote too,” he added.

Again, while it’s unlikely that every last one of those now-energized voters Meckler discussed will be as angry and concerned come election day 2022, with the fate of American democracy seemingly on the line, you can pretty safely bet that a whole bunch of them will be.