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Republicans Defund Who?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

They aren’t backing down.

Following the unbelievable raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida by the FBI, Republican lawmakers are now calling for the defunding of the government organization.

According to The Hill, Republicans have expressed outrage over the raid. South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan took to social media and wrote, “The FBI has proven time and again that it is corrupt to the core. At what point do we abolish the Bureau and start over?”

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene posted, “DEFUND THE FBI!” 

Some Republicans however have taken a softer approach by not calling for the defunding of the FBI but have instead verbally condemned their decision to raid Trump’s home.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz went as far as comparing the FBI to East German Stasi officers. “The antidote has to be not one more damn penny for this administrative state that has been weaponized against our people in a very fascist way,” Gaetz said.

Then after more inquiring from reporters, Gaetz clarified that he “did not call for defunding the FBI” but for “reformation of the worst elements of the administrative state. Congress should use the power of the purse to achieve that goal.”

Gaetz added, “Taxpayer money shouldn’t fund any agency that targets its political opponents.”