RRepublican Senate, House and Governorate candidates for future terms are filling the airwaves with baseless claims that the FBI raid in Mar-a-Lago exposes the politicization of the Justice Department and undermines the rule of law.

Republicans, ranging from third-row Republican Elise Stefanik to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, are brimming with outrage and accusations.

Marjorie Taylor Greene wanna to “defund the FBI!” Joe Kent, a Trump-endorsed House candidate in Washington state, says, “We are at war.

As usual, Trump is fanning the flames, yelling on Monday that his “beautiful home, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently besieged, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”

That evening, the RNC sent out a fundraising text: “THIS IS NOT A DRILL: UNPRECEDENTED move Biden’s FBI RAIDS Pres. Trump’s house. It is time to resume Congress.

Waste. There is no evidence that the FBI’s search was prompted by anything other than suspicions (underscored by a federal judge’s finding of probable cause) that Trump stole documents rightfully belonging to the United States.

It is a criminal offence. If anyone has undermined the rule of law, it’s Trump.

Recall that Trump himself appointed current FBI Director Christopher Wray after he fired former director James Comey for investigating Trump’s 2016 campaign ties to Russia.

But any allegation of wrongdoing by Trump is automatically treated by Trump’s base as a test of loyalty – triggering demands for Republican lawmakers and Republican hopefuls to vigorously defend Trump and attack Democrats for prosecuting him.

That’s no problem for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections, which Trump’s Republicans won’t vote for anyway.

But that poses a significant and growing problem for Republican candidates.

As Biden and the Democrats win victory laps for the legislation they passed — the Chips and Science Act, which President Biden signed into law on Wednesday, and, very soon, the inflation – the Republican Party continues to wallow in the Trumpists’ grievances and accusation.

Typically, after the primaries, Republican candidates try to distance themselves as far as they can from the far right, in order to recruit more moderate and independent voters for the general election.

Most Republican candidates know their best chance of winning in November hinges on how far away they are from Trump and how focused they are on burning Republican issues like inflation, crime and immigration.

But the Trump base’s response to the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago shows just how difficult it will be to get away from Trump.

This search will likely be a prelude to more fireworks in September and October, when Republican candidates will have no choice but to repeatedly hit the carpet for Trump.

Consider:

The commission of January 6 will resume its hearings in early September. These hearings will almost certainly provide more evidence of Trump’s 2020 coup attempt.

The DoJ’s investigation into Trump’s role in promoting bogus voters and removing White House documents appears to be intensifying.

The DC Court of Appeals just cleared the way for the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain Trump’s long-hidden tax returns.

Georgia prosecutors are continuing their investigation into Trump’s demand that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “find” the votes Trump needed to win an election that three separate courts have confirmed he lost. Rudy Giuliani has just been summoned to testify before the grand jury in this case.

Oh, and Trump himself will likely declare his candidacy for president in September or October.

All of this will put Republican candidates under increasing pressure from Trump’s base to defend Trump, rage against his accusers and relaunch the 2020 election – tasks that will be increasingly difficult as new evidence of Trump’s criminality will emerge.

Meanwhile, Democrats can brag about what they’ve done for the American people: lowering drug prices, lowering health care costs, cleaning up the environment, maintaining America’s competitive edge and modernize the country’s roads, bridges, water and sewers. systems.

As Biden said Tuesday when he signed into law the Chips and Science Act, America has met the moment: “a moment when we bet on ourselves, believed in ourselves and took back the history, spirit and soul of this nation”.

What will be the most appealing message to moderate and independent voters that will largely determine the outcome of the midterm elections: Defend Trump against mounting accusations of his criminality and increasingly outlandish claims of being persecuted, or “take back the positive spirit” of America?

I bet on the latter.