The White House urged Americans to remain peaceful after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s home on Monday.
“We would ask Americans to remain peaceful in this time,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during the daily briefing when asked about angry Trump supporters.
Establishment media reports have raised fears about enraged Trump supporters declaring “war” on the “deep state” after the raid on the former president’s home, raising the alarm that they are preparing for political violence or even a second civil war.
But the White House made it clear President Joe Biden sternly opposed any violence.
“There is no place for political violence in this country,” Jean-Pierre said. “People have the right to raise their voices peacefully, but we would strongly condemn, as we have many times from here, the president has condemned, any efforts to plan violent behavior of any kind.”
A crowd of Trump supporters reacted to the FBI raid by rallying in front of the former president’s home in Florida to show their support.
This group of Trump supporters is located near Mar-A-Lago about a half mile away at the entrance of the bridge into Palm Beach
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Jean-Pierre refused to address details of the FBI raid, insisting that President Biden had no prior knowledge of the incident and learned about it through the news media.
She also ignored questions about Biden’s federal law enforcement invading the home of a potential rival in the 2024 election, in what appeared to be a politically motivated prosecution.
“It would not be appropriate for us to comment on any ongoing investigations,” she said.
The Department of Justice and the FBI have not released any statements about the raid or revealed why they felt it necessary to execute a search warrant on the former president’s home.
FBI agents reportedly spent nine hours searching through Trump’s home, breaking open a safe in his private office and even searching through former First Lady Melania Trump’s wardrobe.