President Joe Biden’s FBI last week conducted an unprecedented raid on the home of his chief political rival, former President Donald Trump, in what many viewed as a radical escalation of the partisan weaponization of the federal justice system as a means to keep and expand government power.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday observed that the apparent next step in this escalation would “obviously” be the indictment of Donald Trump on as-yet undetermined criminal charges, The Hill reported.
Carlson’s remarks, which came near the end of a lengthy opening monologue on his program following a return from vacation, were his first uttered on-air since the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago last week to supposedly retrieve classified documents that were supposed to have been stored with the National Archives.
FBI raid an escalation of ongoing political persecution
“We’ve had a few days to reflect on it and have concluded that no honest person could believe that the raid on Donald Trump’s home last week was a legitimate act of law enforcement. It was not,” Carlson said to begin his Fox News program Monday.
He spent some time addressing the ever-shifting and vague explanations put forward about classified documents — and shredded Washington D.C.’s horrible tendency to overclassify everything — before exposing those explanations for the raid as nothing more than partisan propaganda eagerly spread by the administration’s allies in the media.
Carlson then moved on to discuss at length the increasingly evident politically motivated persecution by the Biden administration of not just former President Trump and his associates — including his attorneys and members of Congress — but of literally anyone who publicly criticizes or dissents from the approved narratives, and offered up nearly a dozen recent examples.
Biden administration “obviously” planning to indict Trump
Carlson eventually moved on to highlight a few establishment Republicans who have actually issued public statements seemingly in support of the FBI raid on the former president’s home, including Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who said the FBI was “simply carrying out their responsibilities” in a “lawful search” and deserved the support of the American public.
“‘What? Well, you don’t support law enforcement? There’s nothing to see here.’ That’s the line,” Carlson suggested, that Hutchinson and others “will be telling you the very same thing when the Biden Justice Department or some other state law enforcement agency under their influence finally does what you know they’re going to do, which is indict Donald Trump. Obviously, they’re going to do that.”
“Who knows how. Maybe they’ll produce surveillance video from Mar-a-Lago. Apparently, they’ve already subpoenaed that and we’ll spend the next year talking about how it shows Trump mishandling classified information,” he continued. “They will scream about how Trump is a criminal and if you express any support for him or any interest in retaining, I don’t know, the rights of free speech and due process, you’re a criminal, too. In fact, you are the threat.”
“Indicting Donald Trump is a very big step, not simply because a lot of people like him and he’s the former president, but because indicting him at this point would be to reveal that this entire thing — and by ‘thing’ we mean our justice system — is just transparently political,” Carlson said. “It’s just a means to an end, a means to power and people know that at this point.”
“It’s not good and not just for him, for all of us. This could get very bad, very fast and the Biden people know that perfectly well,” Carlson concluded. “They know what could happen if they continue down this path of using law enforcement to cling to power. But they don’t care because they’re facing a repudiation from voters and they’re desperate and they’ll do anything — but at what cost?”