A lot has changed since the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, the country club resort and amateur classified document storage facility where Donald Trump resides. Back in August, the search was denounced by many on the right as an unprecedented outrage befitting a banana republic that challenged the very legitimacy of the American regime.
“I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization,” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said at the time. “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee—now a peddler of pro-Trump kiddie propaganda—insisted that this affront required simply nominating Trump by acclimation: “We need to rally around him and simply say, ‘He is the candidate.’”
Indeed, there was a brief frenzy about how the search would cause Republicans to rally to Trump’s banner. “The FBI just made Donald Trump president!” an NBC reporter quoted a Trump adviser credulously.