The National Archives and Records Administration is under attack from Trump sycophants. The agency tasked with securing government records has been inundated with threats since the FBI’s search of the former President’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
“NARA has received messages from the public accusing us of corruption and conspiring against the former President, or congratulating NARA for ‘bringing him down,” archivist Debra Steidel Wall wrote in an agency-wide email, according to The Washington Post.
The archives were more than accommodating to Trump when trying to retrieve sensitive materials taken from the White House when he left office in January 2021, despite being stonewalled and lied to by the ex-President’s legal team.
But that wasn’t enough.
Donald Trump frequently took to his fledgling social media platform, Truth Social, to verbally attack the agency and make wild accusations that he was unjustly targeted by a partisan government.
“They could have had it anytime they wanted — and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO IS ASK,” he ranted. “The bigger problem is, what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
Trump’s post was all deflection and projection — none of what he claimed is true.
And Trump doesn’t care. Instead, stoking the fires of domestic and stochastic terrorism is his game —unleashing his unhinged base on those simply doing their jobs.
The Washington Post reported that at least 14 current and former employees of the Archives were interviewed and told tales of the pressure they’ve been under as targets of the ex-President’s relentless attacks.
Since leaving office, Trump has been on a rampage – sewing discord and doubt in the country’s government institutions, by stoking and stroking the egos and anger of his MAGA following. Since 1978, the National Archives has been the guardian of keeping the nation’s most important records.
“Without the preservation of the records of government, and without access to them, you can’t have an informed population, archivist Trudy Peterson said. “The system won’t work if the neutrality of the National Archives is not protected.”
Unfortunately, that seems to be exactly what Donald Trump wants.
Original reporting by Jacqueline Alemany, Isaac Arnsdorf, and Josh Dawsey at The Washington Post.
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