After the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s private residence at Mar-A-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, and amid outrage, another tease of a possible 2024 presidential campaign is circulating.
Erin Perrine, Trump’s former campaign communications director, tweeted a video that finishes with Trump’s famed “we may have to do it again” Save America rally mantra.
“If the FBI can take historic and unprecedented action in a raid at the home of President Trump, what do you think they can do to the rest of us?” tweeted Perrine, along with the attached video. The video, lasting one minute, 26-seconds, begins with John Locke’s quote, “Whenever law ends, tyranny begins.”
The video continued with media coverage of the raid on Trump’s estate, with multiple broadcasts showing police lights flashing while television hosts quoted excerpts from Trump’s “dark times” statement.
The video commentary says the raid “was meant to prevent Donald Trump from running again” and “can’t imagine this ever happening to a Democrat.” President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, two possible challengers to Trump in 2024, were also featured in the video, along with reminders that the FBI never raided them, despite allegations of impropriety.
“The DOJ is now being used as a weapon against Biden’s top political rival,” the video continued. It finished with a clip of a younger Trump in an old interview. “When I see someone that’s not competent, and he’s running something that I really have a big stake in, it bothers me. And I’ll do something about it.” The scene then flashed to 45, which stands for Trump, the 45th president of the United States.
Eric Trump touts Trump’s fundraising donations since the raid
Eric Trump, former President Trump’s younger son, wrote that his father had seen a massive increase in fundraising since the FBI raided Mar-A-Lago. “Breaking: DonaldJTrump.com is shattering all fundraising records, and I’m told has raised more money in the past 24 hours than ever before in recent history! The American people are pissed!” Eric posted on Twitter.
Trump’s Save America PAC received record donations after several political pundits from both sides of the aisle warned that the raid’s aftermath could shift momentum heading into the November midterm elections.
“I’m no Trump fan. I want him as far away from the White House as possible. But a fundamental part of his appeal has been that it’s him against a corrupt government establishment,” state former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. “This raid strengthens that case for millions of Americans who will see this as an unjust persecution.”
John Thomas, the political strategist who organized a PAC pushing Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis to also seek the presidential nomination in 2024, asserted that the action by the FBI solidifies the hold Trump has over the party.
“We can hang it up. It couldn’t be clearer. If Trump wants it [the nomination] at this point, I don’t see how it’s not his… It’ll be a coronation at this point, not a primary.”
Trump revealed on his social media site, Truth Social, that federal government entities, including the FBI, are still not allowing anyone to “be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged” during the raid.
“Everyone was asked to leave the premises. They wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.’ Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out?” wrote Trump.