Opinion | Rhetoric and the Cincinnati Violence After the Mar-a-Lago Search

Opinion |  Rhetoric and the Cincinnati Violence After the Mar-a-Lago Search
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The most responsible response to the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida is: to wait for more information about exactly what was being sought and why. The least responsible is to continue the reckless rhetoric about “tyranny” or “third world” political persecution or the “regimes” that have flooded the right-wing media and even the chambers of Congress – and so far at least have followed them. a violent attempt.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that Justice Department lawyers have filed a motion to unseal a warrant for agents to search for documents the former president may have illegally kept after he left the White House. was made public on Friday, which includes information on highly sensitive special access programs, along with a list of the inventory that agents take from home. In the order, possible violations of Art Provisions of the Espionage Act It prohibits the “collection, transfer, or loss of national defense information,” as well as the destruction of records and the concealment or mutilation of government materials. “The Post” reported that some of the documents sought contained materials related to nuclear weapons. These revelations don’t change the bottom line of the case: So far, everything has been done by the book, but it’s unclear whether what’s been found is a bomb or a bust.

The right answer to this uncertainty is patience, from those who believe the investigation will uncover some serious crime to those who believe the Justice Department is overstepping its bounds. Thankfully, some Republicans are showing signs of restraint; The ranking member of the party in the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, Rep. Michael R. Turner (Ohio State), he spoke in moderation Friday about a desire to ensure oversight of the Justice Department without making unsubstantiated allegations of abuse. Others, they took a lesson from Mr. Trump on his Truth Social website, tossing around terms like “dictatorship” and “banana republic” to describe rule of law processes and conspiracies criticizing the FBI.

Dana Milbank: GOP hysteria over Mar-a-Lago quest is an invitation to violence

These are not just words. They can have dire effects on the real world. Thursday, armed man in body armor Tried to disrupt the Cincinnati field office of the FBI. The hours-long standoff ended on a country road, where the police shot and killed the man after he raised a gun at them. Reports so far suggest that the man may have issued a “call to arms” after a search on Social Truth beforehand, and that others may be “getting everything they need to be ready for battle.” Reports also suggest he may attend the Capitol in January. 6, 2021, uprising.

January events. 6 showed that the risk of political violence in the United States is real. By now, politicians and pundits should be well aware of what can happen when they make inflammatory statements: People already absorbed by disinformation ecosystems listen, and they can be inspired to take action. Unfortunately, the incitement to the FBI’s manhunt still continued — and one man died.

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