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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donald Trump Calls the FBI the ‘Gestapo’ – Former President Donald Trump is no fan of the FBI and often feels that the investigatory agency is persecuting him.

Always fond of throwing out nicknames and over-the-top insults, Trump has done it again.

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He recently called the FBI the “Gestapo” after the secret police of Nazi Germany.

The FBI raided his house and captured a trove of classified documents last August, so Trump is steaming mad.

He has also called the top cops the “Fascist Bureau of Investigation” and implored his followers to distrust the FBI.

What Originally Set Donald Trump Off Against the FBI?

This stemmed from the document seizure and the 22-month Russia collusion investigation conducted by Robert Mueller, who directed the FBI for 12 years.

Trump was found to not have any coordination or collusion with Russia, but the episode stung him deeply and turned him against the bureau.

FBI officials Peter Strzock and Lisa Page were also found to have negative views about the former president in leaked text messages.

Trump claimed that this was evidence of the FBI’s bias against him, and Donald Trump has shared his desire to sue the pair.

Trump Believes the FBI is Planting Evidence Against Him   

Donald Trump is explaining away the document scandal by sharing more details about his side of the story on his social media app Truth Social.

Trump now says the pilfered documents were really just folders marked Top Secret with no papers inside them. He also highlighted an article that called the FBI “Trump hating Marxist thugs” who will improperly insert classified documents into the folders to make them look like Trump is even more guilty.

Donald Trump implored his followers to believe that he took only “cool” keepsake folders. It’s not clear what he means by that “cool” claim.

Since the raid, Trump has called the FBI “corrupt” and viewed the search and seizure as an attempt to plant the evidence against him. He said the FBI and Department of Justice has committed “atrocities” against him and that they are “destroying the country.”

Stoking the Embers of Hatred Against the FBI

Last summer, Trump referred to the FBI as “scammers” and “mobsters.” Trump obviously has an incredible level of animus toward the law enforcement agency.

Trump believes that the FBI is politicized and corrupt due to their actions against him – that is clear.

But the real danger is that his loyal followers follow what Trump says. They have conducted dangerous missions on behalf of Trump.

Trump Follower Attacks FBI Office

One deranged follower named Ricky Schiffer was killed in the act of attacking the Cincinnati, Ohio FBI office in August after Trump’s Mar-a-Lago was searched.

Schiffer used a nail gun against the bullet proof windows of the building and then led law enforcement on a chase in which he fired back against the pursuers.

After the shootout ended, Schiffer lay dead. Before the incident, he had implored others on Truth Social to be “ready for combat.”

More Violent Threats

This was not the only incitement of violence against the FBI.

Adam Bies was arrested in Pennsylvania for some serious rhetoric against the agency last August.

He said everyone at the FBI “deserves to die.” And that it is “open season” on all personnel. 

Some Trump supporters have also said that the federal judge who approved the search warrant should be violently held accountable, with one social media user posting that “I see a rope around his neck.”

Will This Lead to Domestic Terrorism?

Trump appears to have no idea what his rhetoric means and how it fuels violent anti-government sentiment.

These words can radicalize his followers and lead to domestic terrorism. Just think how they would react if Trump is finally indicted for the classified documents or other legal accusations.

This state of affairs is certainly not good for democracy.

Trump has declared war on the FBI, and we know that these actions can have dire consequences.

Let’s just hope that his followers don’t listen to such talk before they can commit additional violence against federal law enforcement to avoid more people getting killed.

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Author Expertise and Experience: Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.

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Now serving as 1945s New Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Doug Hart

    January 19, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Mr. Eastwood, you are very obviously a biased, irrational Trump hater. Trumps observations about the FBI are 100% accurate and you have to be smart enough to know that. Yet your entire article, including the title, spouts anti-Trump lies. And comparing the FBI to the Gestapo is more than fair, considering what they have been caught doing to our elections and to conservative citizens. Perhaps you only watch CNN; then of course you would never know the facts, or the truth.

  2. Tom Barrus

    January 19, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    The above comment by ‘Doug Hart’ shows the poster to be a deranged member of Cult45, and consequently, an enemy of the FBI and of the United States of America.

    AG Garland’s failure to hold donald j. trump accountable for his long list of crimes, including trump’s theft of classified documents, may lead to the end of our democratic republic.

    AG Garland has not indicted & prosecuted trump in his almost 2 years in office. He finally appointed a Special Counsel (Jack Smith) to investigate/indict trump on 2022Nov18, 283 days after NARA notified DOJ on 2022Feb09 about trump’s possession of classified documents. AG Garland appointed a Special Counsel (Robert Hur) on 2023Jan12 to investigate/indict President Biden, 69 days after NARA notified DOJ on 2022Nov04 about Biden’s possession of classified documents.

    Clearly AG Garland has acted POLITICALLY in regards to Biden’s inadvertent error (if the classified docs were not planted by Biden foes) versus trump’s clear criminal theft, retention, and espionage of classified documents.

    There are reports of efforts to look for more Biden classified documents EVERYWHERE; but no such efforts are underway to look for more trump classified documents at his Bedminster, NJ golf course/residence, Trump Tower in NYC, NY, or other places where trump may still possess stolen classified documents.

    President Biden made a grievous ERROR in appointing Merrick Garland as Attorney General in the first place. President Biden is making a GREATER ERROR in not replacing Garland with an effective Attorney General, e.g. Preet Bharara, Sally Yates, or someone similar with a spine who will indict & prosecute the evil criminal traitor donald j. trump for his many crimes, starting with the easiest crime to win a conviction on, trump’s theft of classified documents!

  3. Doug Hart

    January 19, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Wow. Having a bad day Tommy Barrus? Easy there cowgirl, don’t wet your pants. I do not recall the FBI raiding Biden’s home, but perhaps I missed that little tidbit. So Biden made a mistake with classified documents but Trump stole them. Do you realize how crazy that sounds? Did you know that Obama “mistakenly” took over 30,000 classified documents and still has them housed in Chicago? Of course you didn’t. Did you know the world is actually round? Of course you didn’t. At least we agree that Merrick Garland is a corrupt hack who needs to be removed. We each have different reasons for that, but the end result would be the same.

  4. Rick

    January 19, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Doug, You appear to be willfully ignorant or unable to discern the differences between TFG stealing documents, refusing to return documents, certified that all docs had been returned, he lied and search warrant was issued and Biden, on the other hand, immediately contacting the appropriate authorities.

    BTW, even the lowest IQ cult members know that the 30,000 documents are and have remained under the control of National Archives. Where do you get your ‘facts’? Truth Social or Breitbart?

  5. Jan

    January 19, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    I’m with Trump. He said as it is Look what the FBI has done. They have lied hid stolen and mislead the American people. What Trump has said is 100% correct. He calls it how it is.

  6. Doug Hart

    January 20, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Jan – So nice to hear a voice of reason out there.

  7. Doug Hart

    January 20, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    Ricky- I’m liking the “Cult45” label. Very catchy. Kinda like “Deplorables.” I’ll wear it with honor. Also proud to be an enemy of the corrupt FBI and your warped vision of what the USA should be.
    You got me on the 30,000 Obama documents. It was actually 30 million. My bad. But if you do some research on something other than Moveon.org, Southern Poverty Law Center, or the Disney channel; you’ll find that the NARA is trying to cover itself with false claims of full control over the Obama documents. They had to unleashed that cover fire after they came down on Trump, because it brought the Obama docs into the light. Then Biden had more Obama docs which further messed up NARA credibility. So it goes. Oh, and Trump’s documents were protected by a double layer of security; his own, and government issued. Obama’s have been in a non-NARA Chicago warehouse for 6 years with no clear indication of security level or when they might be moved to an NARA facility. Of course, Biden’s docs are well protected by his Corvette. ‘Nuff said.
    You have the last word. I won’t see it. I’m outta here and not coming back. I came here because I thought “19fortyfive” represented the courage and patriotism of WWII and the Greatest Generation. Instead I find a website infected with FDR style cowardice, socialism and irrational behavior. Not for me, so, bye-bye. I wish you all the best.

  8. Tom Barrus

    January 23, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    “Trump was found to not have any coordination or collusion with Russia, but the episode stung him deeply and turned him against the bureau.”

    The article’s author is mistaken.

    The Mueller Report Vol. I documents extensive collusion between the 2016 donald trump campaign and Russia.

    Mueller was unable to prove criminal conspiracy between the 2016 donald trump campaign and Russia, because Manafort, Stone, et al. lied and destroyed evidence.

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