Former President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. both had biting reactions to the heavily redacted affidavit released by the Department of Justice on Friday attempting to justify the thuggish raid on Mar-a-Lago.
The former president released a brief, funny meme that simply stated, “They missed a page!” ridiculing the over-the-top redaction of the affidavit. It shows a mocked-up redacted page that only shows the words, “Make America Great Again.” The meme went viral almost immediately.
It follows a statement by Trump on Truth Social that nailed the DOJ over the redactions: “Affidavit heavily redacted!!! Nothing mentioned on ‘Nuclear,’ a total public relations subterfuge by the FBI & DOJ, or our close working relationship regarding document turnover – WE GAVE THEM MUCH.”
“Judge Bruce Reinhart should NEVER have allowed the Break-In of my home. He recused himself two months ago from one of my cases based on his animosity and hatred of your favorite President, me. What changed? Why hasn’t he recused himself on this case? Obama must be very proud of him right now!” he railed.
BREAKING: Donald Trump responds to the heavily redacted Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit pic.twitter.com/Fe9yw1crir
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 26, 2022
BREAKING 🚨 :
President Trump responds to the release of the heavily redacted affidavit
"a total public relations subterfuge by the FBI & DOB…" pic.twitter.com/WY0DwdG7SF
— CaitlinSinclairTV (@CSinclairtv) August 26, 2022
Donald Trump Jr. also delivered an epic smackdown to the DOJ, sharing an image of his father’s groin area that was redacted Friday just hours after the affidavit for the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago was released to the public.
Trump’s eldest son showed a picture of his father golfing on Instagram with a black bar covering his groin which seems to be a message telling the DOJ what it can do with its redacted affidavit.
Donald Trump Jr. hilariously wrote, “Redact this!!!”
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The Department of Justice justified the invasion of Trump’s home claiming in the affidavit that there is a “criminal investigation concerning the improper removal and storage of classified information” underway.
The DOJ asserted that large portions of the 38-page affidavit were redacted to protect the identity of civilian witnesses and members of law enforcement, including FBI agents. They contend that airing the full document could potentially “erode trust” in the government’s investigation. Conservatives aren’t buying those excuses.
#BREAKING: Read an early copy of the Trump raid affidavit. pic.twitter.com/S7xyGkWgr1
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) August 26, 2022
The affidavit is out: pic.twitter.com/YcysU4Q8KJ
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) August 26, 2022
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted about the affidavit after it was released and mockingly noted the lack of transparency in the document, which is an understatement.
“Well this really clears things up,” he tweeted.
Well this really clears things up. pic.twitter.com/6S2FxIQtSi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 26, 2022
Other conservatives slammed the affidavit as the joke that it is.
Rep. Lauren Boebert pummeled the DOJ, “The only thing we learned from the DOJ’s affidavit is that transparency is a joke to them.”
The only thing we learned from the DOJ’s affidavit is that transparency is a joke to them.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 27, 2022
Digital Strategist Greg Price also noted the DOJ’s lack of transparency, “This is the government’s memo explaining the reason they had to make redactions the Affidavit explaining why they raided a former president’s home. As you can see, it explains so much.”
This is the government's memo explaining the reason they had to make redactions the Affidavit explaining why they raided a former president's home.
As you can see, it explains so much. pic.twitter.com/KNs8KbROAn
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 26, 2022
Director of Communications for Save America Taylor Budowich also decried the affidavit on Twitter, writing, “The release of a heavily redacted, overtly political affidavit only proves that the Biden administration is desperate to cover up their unprecedented, unnecessary, and un-American raid against President Donald J. Trump. This is a grave travesty, and what is unredacted only further supports President Trump’s position, there was NO reason for a raid – it is all politics!”
This is a grave travesty, and what is unredacted only further supports President Trump's position, there was NO reason for a raid – it is all politics! 2/2
— Taylor Budowich (@TayFromCA) August 26, 2022
Senior Culture Contributor at the Post Millenial, Clair Ashley, snarked, “Wow I’m so glad they unsealed the Trump Mar-a-Lago search affidavit used for the FBI raid.”
Wow I’m so glad they unsealed the Trump Mar-a-Lago search affidavit used for the FBI raid pic.twitter.com/4lI4cQn9Jl
— Ashley St. Clair (@stclairashley) August 26, 2022
The host of “Fox Across America,” Jimmy Failla, humorously took a jab at the DOJ as well, “The only thing we know from viewing the affidavit is that the FBI is running low on black printer ink.”
The only thing we know from viewing the affidavit is that the FBI is running low on black printer ink.
— Jimmy Failla (@jimmyfailla) August 26, 2022
California Republican Senate candidate Mark Meuser took a swing at Biden and connected, “With the release of the redacted affidavit, you can add ‘transparency’ to the list of words that Joe Biden is redefining.’
With the release of the redacted affidavit, you can add “transparency” to the list of words that Joe Biden is redefining.
— Mark Meuser for U.S. Senate (@MarkMeuser) August 26, 2022
Meanwhile, others, including legal analysts, obliterated the DOJ over the affidavit, pointing out that there was no real valid reason to raid Trump’s home the way they did.
Top Legal Scholar Goes TOTAL SCORCHED-EARTH GOBLIN MODE on Joe Biden After Release of FBI Raid Affidavit, leaves Fox host STUNNED pic.twitter.com/dTkkbM0Ond
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 26, 2022
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