Josh Margolin of ABC News said during an appearance on ABC News prior to Thursday’s press conference by Attorney General Merrick Garland that those who were angered by the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid are likely anti-semites because Garland himself is Jewish.
“As soon as President Trump put out confirmation on Monday that the raid had been done and was underway, we immediately started seeing factions on the far right, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, militia organizers calling for violence as they always have done against Jews,” he said. “The attorney general is Jewish.”
He then said that there were threats of violence made against federal agents, something that FBI Director Chris Wray said earlier on Thursday. He said that threads were made
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“against the FBI, federal law enforcement, against other perceived enemies, enemies they perceive to be enemies of President Trump.
“It was like clockwork, and then by the next morning, there was already a body of evidence online of this really ugly, terrible, violent rhetoric that had law enforcement incredibly concerned. You cannot believe for a second that the Attorney General and his senior staff at the justice department were at all blind to what was going to happen in the wake of this type of a search,” he said.
He said this after discussing Garland’s past, having been a lead investigator on the Oklahoma City bombing, a 1995 domestic terrorist attack targeting federal workers.
“We’ve seen a really intensified environment online where people are calling for violence. It’s really, really unsettling and experts and law enforcement are watching it very very closely.
“They are concerned where we’re in a situation where there could be violent. Important to remember that Merrick Garland, the Attorney General is somebody who remembers the Oklahoma City attack, he helped lead the investigation of that attack and that attack was targeting law enforcement. Federal law enforcement. That’s what the bomber, 27 years ago was aiming for. To go after federal law enforcement. A lot of other people were killed. This AG knows the reproductions of violent rhetoric targeting federal agents. It’s serious out there,” he said. “The country is clamoring for what was the backstory that led to this unprecedented FBI search this week.”
Garland’s comments at the press conference confirmed that he personally approved of the Mar-a-Lago raid.