The Federal Bureau of Investigation has significantly damaged its standing amongst Republican and independent voters after its raid of former President Donald Trump’s home.
According to a Rasmussen survey published on Thursday, more than half of Americans now view the FBI as Brandon’s “personal Gestapo.”
Forty-four percent of respondents said they have lost trust in the bureau after its raid on Trump’s Florida estate, while 29 percent said the raid of the former president’s home increased their confidence in the FBI.
Twenty-three percent said the unprecedented raid has no impact on how they view the federal agency.
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Former Trump adviser Roger Stone warns that “politicized thugs at the top of the FBI” are using the agency as “Brandon’s personal Gestapo.”
A majority of those surveyed, 53 percent, agreed with Stone’s assessment, while 34 percent “strongly agreed.
The results were split along party lines, with 76 percent of Republicans agreeing the FBI is Brandon’s Gestapo while 57 percent of Democrats disagree.
Most Democrats approve of the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
“Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats now have a favorable opinion of the FBI, up from 63% in December,” Rasmussen notes. “Only 30% of Republicans now view the FBI favorably, down from 38% in December; nearly half (49%) of GOP voters now have a Very Unfavorable impression of the FBI. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 45% have a favorable impression of the FBI and 50% view the bureau unfavorably.
Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats say the FBI’s recent raid on Trump’s home made them trust the FBI more, but 70% of Republicans say the Mar-a-Lago raid made them trust the FBI less. Among unaffiliated voters, 46% say the raid on Trump made them trust the FBI less, while 18% said it made them trust the FBI more and 29% say the Trump raid did not make much difference in their trust of the FBI.
On Friday, President Trump announced plans to file a “major motion” in response to the “illegal” FBI raid of his Florida residence.
“A major motion pertaining to the Fourth Amendment will soon be filed concerning the illegal Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, right before the ever important Mid-Term Elections,” Trump warned on his Truth Social page. “My rights, together with the rights of all Americans, have been violated at a level rarely seen before in our Country. The greatest Witch Hunt in USA history has been going on for six years, with no consequences to the scammers. It should not be allowed to continue!”
Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the judge who allowed the FBI to raid President Trump’s home, has donated thousands of dollars to Obama and Democrats.
Judge Reinhart also recused himself from Trump’s RICO case against Hillary Clinton and the DNC.