Ex-Kamala Harris staffer, Symone Sanders, now an MSNBC weekend anchor, asked people to stop labeling the FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home a “raid” on Tuesday.
She subsequently tweeted, “Please stop calling it a ‘raid’“
Please folks stop calling it a “raid.”
— Symone D. Sanders-Townsend (@SymoneDSanders) August 9, 2022
Her statements may have been addressed to MSNBC guests and producers who used “raid” rhetoric Monday evening.
“The FBI raided Donald Trump’s Florida home today on the 48th anniversary. Today is the 48th anniversary of the day that Republican president Richard Nixon announced that he was resigning the presidency,” anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said Monday.
Ex-Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ruffled feathers when he called on the Department of Justice to defend the “raid” or risk jeopardizing other probes like the Jan. 6 Capitol brawl.
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On Tuesday, MSNBC hosts and reporters started repeating Trump’s talk about a “raid,” but they called it a “search.”
“Already, the former president has called it a raid. And the veteran FBI officials tell us it’s more of a simple search, which is something they do routinely,” correspondent Kerry Sanders stated on Tuesday.
In his Monday statement about the raid, Trump said that his house was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI officers. “The Secret Service authorized the FBI to execute their search within the building, which Trump referred to as an “unannounced raid.”
As a result of her rebuke, Sanders came under fire from many Republicans and conservatives.
“What is a woman? What is a recession? What is a raid?” Ted Cruz’s director of communications, Steve Guest, kept asking sarcastically.
There are other MSNBC personalities, alongside Sanders, that disagree with the use of the word. Alicia Menendez questioned veteran FBI agent Frank Figliuzzi about how the FBI “pulled off this raid.” MSNBC contributor Figliuzzi objected to her phrasing.
“Agents don’t like the word ‘raid,’ they don’t like it. It sounds like it’s some sort of extrajudicial, non-legal thing. It’s the execution of a search warrant. It’s a court-authorized search warrant,” he said.
The New York Times, AP, Washington Post, Reuters, CNBC, Politico, and others used “raid” separately from Trump.
In June, Justice Department officials visited Mar-a-Lago to discuss handing over data as part of an investigation into materials former President Trump allegedly transferred from the White House to his private property in January 2021.
Trump’s lawyers were present, and reports claim the former president went by to say hello.
The encounter happened months after the National Archives, with Justice Department help, got 15 boxes of papers transferred back to Washington, D.C.
The extra papers that were being requested were the topic of discussion during the meeting in June. The Justice Department and FBI thought they weren’t receiving the same cooperation after the meeting, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
However, regardless of how the far-left media want to put it, Trump’s Palm Beach home was raided on Aug. 8 and the lie used as justification is that he didn’t cooperate.
Sanders left Harris’s campaign last year to anchor “Symone” on MSNBC. Jen Psaki, who resigned in May, will soon get her own Peacock online show.