The percentage of likely voters who believe President Biden is using the FBI as his “personal Gestapo” has increased in the wake of the bureau’s raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
A Rasmussen Reports survey found 53% of likely voters agreed “there is a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI that are using the FBI as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.”
In December, 46% of likely voters agreed with that statement.
The survey was suggested by New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, reported Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard. It was Devine who published the blockbuster evidence from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop just before the 2020 election that the Democratic presidential nominee was running a family influence-peddling operation that included multi-million dollar deals with Chinese Communist Party firms and Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, among others.
Whistleblowers recently have alleged that the FBI quashed an investigation of Hunter Biden and the laptop’s contents.
Devine wrote Wednesday that the political left is “happy because a politicized agency is coming after their ideological enemies, particularly their bête noire, Trump.”
“It’s a stark turnaround from the days of decrying the FBI’s efforts to target Martin Luther King,” she wrote. “The left has discarded any pretense of caring about civil liberties or injustice and instead sneers at conservatives who they claim are the ones who have jettisoned their core principles and now are ‘anti-cop.'”
The Rasmussen survey found that 44% of likely voters trust federal agents less, while 29% trust them more.
Nevertheless, by a 50%-46% margin, voters have a favorable impression of the FBI.
Those who are loath to give the FBI the benefit of the doubt in the Mar-a-Lago raid point to the bogus Trump-Russia collusion investigation, the refusal to refer Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution, the bureau-concocted Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot to smear Trump before the election, the evidence that FBI informants incited the Jan. 6 riot, the casting of parents who protest school curriculum as domestic terrorists, and the misclassification of cases to bolster the administration’s narrative that conservatives pose a domestic terror threat.
An intelligence bulletin distributed jointly by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security last week warns local law enforcement officials that conservatives who are critical of the FBI’s politicization fit the profile of a potential “domestic violent extremist.”