Following the raid at Donald Trump’s Florida Home, those who support the former president may be targeted by the Biden administration, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned in a recent media interview.
“This is shocking to Americans, but in Latin America and many of the countries around the world, here’s what happens,” Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, told Fox News. “A group takes power. One of the first things that group does is they begin to persecute and go after their political opponents.
“And then when the supporters of their political opponents begin to complain about it, they begin to target them and they criminalize opposition. And that’s what’s happening here now.
“[The Democrats] took power, they’re demanding … they want Donald Trump arrested, they want him charged right now … And I’m telling you, the next thing you’re gonna see here—because it’s the playbook … The next step in this process is going to be that people who are supporters of Donald Trump or just conservatives complaining about this … are going to begin to get labeled as potential insurrectionists and are going to begin to get harassed by law enforcement.
“That’s the next step in this playbook, sadly,” he said of the raid.
The FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Aug. 8, an action the former president called the “weaponization” of the U.S. justice system and an “attack by the radical left Democrats” who he said are desperate to prevent him from running for president in 2024.
Rubio, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding an explanation of the agency’s actions.
The raid, which comes just three months before the November midterms, is eroding public trust in government institutions and electoral processes, Rubio warned in an Aug. 10 letter.