Mark Meckler on Mar-a-Lago Raid: Democrats Apathetic, Republicans Energized

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In the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago raid, Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action, says Democrats are apathetic, Republicans and independents are energized, and the FBI has “to go.”

On one hand, Americans have suffered through much over the past few years. A new Rasmussen survey showed 60 percent of likely U. S. voters believe the country has become more divided since Joe Biden assumed office, an accomplishment some still believe he came by illegitimately. This was preceded by the fear, chaos, and eventual depression and anger inflicted on the world by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Then came the protests at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, where unarmed Trump supporters were attacked and killed by Capitol Police officers.

Then came daily reports of protesters being arrested and turned in by neighbors and even family. Some never even went to the Capitol Building. Tip lines were set up, encouraging people to report anyone they suspect of having attended the protest. Hundreds have been imprisoned, most without a trial. Two have committed suicide.

Over the subsequent 18 months, more and more evidence has emerged, lending more and more credibility to widespread speculation that it may very well have been an elaborate and calculated setup.

The Jan. 6 select committee resurrects memories of the two impeachment trials that brought to fruition a goal established before Donald Trump was even nominated to be the Republican candidate for 2016. Then came the raid on Trump’s private residence at Mar-a-Lago.

An online survey by Daily Mail shows over 70 percent of their readers disapprove of the Mar-a-Lago raid. Another (pdf) found that 79 percent of likely U. S. voters interviewed believe “there are two tiers of justice: one set of laws for politicians and Washington D.C. insiders vs one set of laws for everyday Americans.”

Then there’s the national survey of general election likely voters that showed nearly 30 percent of Americans polled said they have gotten more involved in the civic process within the last two years. That’s on top of the 48 percent who said their level of civic engagement has remained the same in recent years. Of those, 81 percent say they are becoming civically engaged because they believe their activism is making a difference.

The first national survey taken after the FBI raid on Trump at Mar-a-Lago shows 83 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of independents, and 55.2 percent of Democrats are now more likely to vote in the 2022 Midterm Elections as a result of the raid. While only 11.9 percent of Democrats believe Trump’s political enemies are behind the FBI raid on the former president’s private home, 53.9 percent of Independent voters and 76.7 percent of Republican voters believe they are. More striking is that a majority of independents and Republicans believe the raid was unreasonable and that the raid is moving America closer to becoming a police state. Democrats, on the other hand, think such an invasion is completely reasonable.

Asked if the culmination of events over the past few years has caused the shift reflected in recent surveys, Meckler—now President of Convention of States Action—did not hesitate.

“I do think there’s a shift going on and I think it’s really interesting the way you framed that question,” Meckler told The Epoch Times, “because it actually fits my perspective and my personal history in politics really well.”

Meckler reflected upon how his own political activism began around 2009 when he co-founded the largest Tea Party organization in the nation.

“The last time we saw a big political movement was in 2009–2012, and that was the Tea Party movement. Obviously, it transformed the political landscape,” Meckler said.

The Tea Party, as Meckler explained, “had a pretty long tail,” which was ridden to success in many races between its founding in 2009 through the 2016 elections. U. S. Senators like Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marko Rubio (R-Florida); members of the U.S. House like Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio); and former governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Matt Bevin in Kentucky; all owe their victories to the backing of the Tea Party. The same goes for state legislators like Nebraska’s incumbent Sen. Deb Fischer.

For Meckler, the Tea Party movement didn’t accomplish as much as he had hoped. But there is no denying that it “definitely accomplished a lot.”

“What I think we’re seeing now is similar but I would argue more important The reason why I think it’s more important is, while the average age of those in the Tea Party movement was around 50 years old, what we’re seeing now is a political movement that has a lot of younger people involved, which Meckler believes began when 25/30-something-year-old parents began showing up to school board meetings to push back against the effort to indoctrinate their children through critical race theory and radical gender ideology, not to mention their rejection of forced masking and vaccine mandates in the aftermath of the CCP virus.

“Parents who would have otherwise just been raising their kids and earning a living while coaching baseball and soccer are suddenly starting to pay attention to politics,” Meckler recalled. “They went to the school board meetings and realized they had a bit of power. Maybe they ran for school board, or new someone who did, and they turned over a school board. They’re realizing it’s rather enjoyable to be engaged in politics. Rather than just yelling about it, they realized they really can make a difference and they are making a difference. So I think this is very important. I think the MAGA movement is broader than it was back in the days of the Tea Party and I think it has a much longer tail. These are people who are going to be engaged in politics in a much deeper and broader way for the next 50 years. So I think this will have a profound impact in the American body of politics.”

What is most significant about the response to the raid of Trump’s private residence at Mar-a-Lago is that his supporters aren’t the only ones tilting and scratching their heads. Even high-profile Democrat politicians and liberal media outlets have cast concern on the optics of the raid.

Unfortunately, Meckler said the results of the recent survey, conducted by the Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action, showed that even the dubious circumstances surrounding the Mar-a-Lago raid are having little effect in bringing the two sides together.... (Read more)