Donald Trump supporters descend on Mar-a-Lago to protest FBI raid – National

Dozens of supporters of former US President Donald Trump gathered outside Mar-a-Lago Monday night to protest the FBI raid on his Palm Beach estate.

News that the FBI was executing a search warrant of Trump’s Florida residence came out when the former president posted on his social media platform, Truth Social, that his « beautiful home » was « besieged, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents ». .”

« They even broke into my safe! » the statement read.

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A protester made a three and a half hour drive to Mar-a-Lago to show his support for Trump as soon as he heard the news.

“As soon as I saw it, I drove over from Tampa. It’s crazy,” JD Kennon told Fox News. “We all know what you’re trying to do, DOJ. charge, so he will not be able to stand for re-election.

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Kennon was joined by about 50 other protesters and dozens of vehicles that lined the property. Numerous vehicles waved Trump 2020 and American flags as protesters in patriotic attire cheered, shouted, hollered music and honked their horns.

« You can’t trust the FBI, » Billy Sacco told the Palm Beach Post. « They are doing something stupid. »

The New York Times, citing unnamed sources close to the investigation, reported that the FBI search focused on documents Trump allegedly took with him to Florida after his presidency ended, including classified documents. Sources also confirmed the reason for the search to The Associated Press and Reuters, among other news outlets.

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As the demonstration unfolded, songs like Tom Petty’s I won’t back down and AC/DC Highway to Hell could be heard blasting from the car speakers.

A video posted by Jayne Zirkle, with Steve Bannon Crisis unit, showed a truck emblazoned with a Trump Pence 2020 sign, although former Vice President Mike Pence’s name was crossed out.

Five police cars were also present at the protest and an officer told the Palm Beach Post that the protest was peaceful and no incidents occurred after a few hours of protesters being there.

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Occasionally, protesters would chant « We want Trump » in unison, despite the former president being in New York at the time.

Supporters also shouted at passing cars, saying there was no evidence to charge Trump and that the FBI was a « joke. »

Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather near his home at Mar-A-Lago on August 8, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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In the aftermath of the FBI raid, mentions of « civil war » on Twitter skyrocketed.

“Civil War 2.0 has just started,” wrote one user on Twitter, another adding, “Civil War! Take up arms, people! Another noted: « Already bought my ammo. »

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According to Vice, similar messages were shared on far-right channels on Telegram.

“Civil war coming to America, there will be no more elections,” said one member.

— With files from Sean Boynton of Global News

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