Republicans silence radio after affidavit released

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The GOP members who face the electorate are a little more cautious than those who don’t when responding to Mar-a-Lago’s affidavit. More specifically, according to the New York Times, Republican politicians went black. From the New York Times:

In the minutes and hours after the FBI searched former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida residence this month, his supporters did not hesitate to denounce what they saw as a blatant abuse of power and excessive politicization by the Department of Justice.

But with the release of a redacted affidavit detailing the justification for the search, the former president’s allies remained largely silent, a potentially telling response with implications for his political future.

“I would caution people not to jump to too many conclusions,” Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, told TSTIME News. It was a very different admonition from his previous denunciations of what he said were “politically motivated actions.”

The politicians understand how serious this is. Members of Congress have the required permission to view Top Secret material simply by holding office, but each of them is well aware of what happens to any of them who leak or mishandle such material. No doubt they’ve all had a crash course in what can and cannot be done with different levels of classification. Some are probably stunned by the sheer brutality and volume of material Trump had in his possession. Others are probably very concerned about the ultimate question, “Why did he want those files.”

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It would be inconvenient to back Trump over this terrible “raid” on “nothing but files,” only to find out later that the FBI can prove that Trump was selling state secrets.

But more importantly, Trump is now the man who is losing the Republican election. Trump Helps Republican Candidates Win primaries, but in every purple state or district, Trump is now an anchor. Every minute Republicans spend defending Trump and his files is a minute they don’t spend talking about inflation or Biden.

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So the inability to see the future and how “bad” this could get for Trump and Republicans in general, along with Republicans wanting to support a different political cause, results in a lot of silence. Do not worry. Trump will more than make up for it with his anger and histrionics. Trump will certainly also be asking for more vocal support. Then we really get an idea whether he is really on his own.

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