Donald Trump, the former President and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee for President, still holds a mighty amount of sway over the GOP as a whole, and he knows it.
Trump has long been the conservative world’s de facto leader, moving the political needle with aplomb and gusto, and without fear. He’s an icon of the right, and every minute detail of his public life has a profound effect on American politics.
Now, as his supporters grow increasingly agitated about the FBI’s latest actions against him, The Don has reached out to Attorney General Merrick Garland with a not-so-subtle reminder about who truly has the power to bring down the figurative national temperature.
Former President Donald Trump attempted to convey a cryptic message to Attorney General Merrick Garland following the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, a report says.
According to The New York Times, Trump wanted Garland to know that he had been speaking with people around the country and that they were enraged by the FBI search.
Trump’s undeniable political gravity was on full display.
“The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?” was the message Trump wanted to be conveyed to Garland, a person familiar with the exchange told the paper.
It is unclear whether or not this message reached Garland prior to being made public, but the sentiment remains the same: This is Trump’s nation, and the DOJ is merely living in it.