For many years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoyed broad support from the GOP. Many of its agents consider themselves to politically conservative. But that has all changed nearly from the day Donald Trump took office.
The President regularly criticizes the bureau and his fellow Republicans typically follow in lock step and his words. A former agent with the FBI recently told the Washington Post that Trump’s words endanger the lives of agents out in the field.
The President ripped into the FBI just this week at a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania rally. He told attendees, “They’ve destroyed the lives of people that were great people, that are still great people. Their lives have been destroyed by scum, okay, by scum.”
On Monday, Trump accused the agency of a coup. He told reporters, “This was an attempted overthrow, and a lot of people were in on it, and they got caught, they got caught red-handed.”
Post columnist Joe Davidson asked Jane Turner about the President’s anti-bureau statements. “I thought this was a totally unexpected body blow he threw at the bureau . . . just for that coarseness of the language and the emotion behind it,” said the former Minnesota special agent.
Turner then said that the rhetoric can endangers agents out in the field. She continued, “If agents knock on someone’s door and the resident believes that we’re out to get the president or out to overthrow the government . . . we’re in deep trouble. Citizens must know we’re trying to do the best for this country. They’ve got to believe that.”