White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre had a pre-written response at the ready for when she would inevitably be asked this week whether President Joe Biden had any advance notice that the FBI would be raiding Donald Trump’s home in Florida.
She said no, and that’s probably true. She also repeated the line that the Justice Department works independently. That’s probably true too. And that’s what’s so terrifying.
Democrats and the permanent bureaucracy in Washington are simply following their vindictive impulses. If there’s anything new here, it’s their view that gaining power in 2020 was a license to crush the political momentum that put Trump in office and continues to upset the establishment that preferred things the old way — when their interests were served and to hell with everyone else.
That’s what the Jan. 6 hunt is all about. It’s why congressional Democrats to this day are chasing Trump’s tax returns, despite his status as a private citizen for more than a year. It’s what the constant warnings about “white supremacy” from the intelligence community — a complete, demonstrable hoax — are about.
And it’s what the raid on Trump’s home is about. What do you mean you “oppose” them? No you don’t. You belong to them. And they want to remind you.
The same way Democrats never have to tell the media to write each day that Republicans suck, Biden doesn’t need to tell his Attorney General Merrick Garland or the FBI what to do. He didn’t need to say a word to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They don’t have private conversations on how they’re next going to stick it to the people they hate. They have a common understanding and, besides, they talk about it in public anyway.
“Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?” — Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, three days after the 2020 election.
“[Trump] must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” — Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern in June.
“Merrick Garland Do Your Job!” — Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson in June.
When this is how the party talks openly about its opposition, there’s no need for any kind of private direction or assurance. They want everyone to know.