Former President Donald Trump has revealed that, during the FBI’s raid of his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, the agents “stole” his passports — and is asserting that the resulting backlash from the raid will help Republicans in the upcoming November midterm elections.
Trump broke the news in a statement posted to his social media platform, Truth Social, on Monday.
“Wow! In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three passports (one expired), along with everything else,” the former president wrote. “This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our country. Third world!”
Trump’s revelation came just minutes after another post in which he predicted that the FBI’s raid of his private residence will help the GOP in polling for the midterms, and will ultimately help Republicans take back the majority in both chambers of Congress in November.
“Republicans could win many additional seats, both in the House & Senate, because of the strong backlash over the raid at Mat-a-Lago,” Trump wrote in a separate post on Truth Social. “Polls are showing that some lost Republican territory over the last number of weeks has been more than made up with the unannounced break-in by the FBI, which should never have happened!”
The former president also discussed hearing “great simmering anger” among Americans who are outraged over the politicization and weaponization of the Department of Justice and the FBI against the Democrats’ political opponents.
“Just left a large gathering of people and all they could talk about was the complete and total stranglehold that the Radical Left Democrats have over the DOJ & FBI,” Trump wrote in another post on Sunday. “It shouldn’t be that way.”
“Nobody goes after BLM, ANTIFA, or the rest, despite murder, beatings, and burning down large sections of cities, a very unfair double standard,” the post continued. “They definitely won’t attack the home of a former Democrat President, nor should they. It is all so out of control, great simmering anger!”
Trump has long maintained that the left’s pursuit of him, which has been going on since his 2015 campaign against Hillary Clinton, would ultimately stop if he announced that he would not be running for president again — calling it a “sneak attack on democracy.”
“America has never suffered this kind of abuse in law enforcement!” the former president wrote on Truth Social. “For the FBI to raid the home of the 45 president of the United States, or any president for that matter, is totally unheard of and unthinkable.”
“This break in was a sneak attack on democracy (our republic!), and was both unannounced and done at a time when the president was not even present,” Trump added. “It was for political, not legal reasons, and our entire country is angry, hurt, and greatly embarrassed by it. Make America Great Again!”
Some political commentators have argued that the Democrats aren’t actually planning to convict Trump of any crimes, despite what they say. They assert that the left is even more frightened of a potential candidacy of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — who many people believe would be the next logical choice for a Republican nominee if Trump did not run — and therefore the left would not actually want Trump to be removed from the race. Instead, they believe that the Democrats are simply trying to smear the former president, tarnishing his reputation and the reputations of the candidates that he has endorsed.
YouTuber Tim Pool has made similar arguments, stating: “I do not think that they will indict Donald Trump on criminal charges related to obstruction of justice or the Espionage Act… The reason why I’m not convinced they’re gonna charge him — and again, they actually might, I really don’t know, I’m just leaning slightly towards no — because they need Trump to run. But maybe they will charge him, knowing that they won’t stick — the charges — because they want to damage his ability to run for president in 2024.”