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Opinion Republicans went crazy over the Trump search. Now they look idiotic.

The more we learn about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, the sillier the GOP defends of Donald Trump look. Trump set the tone with a Monday evening statement announcing: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.” Trump's followers — which means pretty much the whole of the Republican Party — took up the cry based on no more information than that. Trump's team had a copy of the search warrant, but he gave no hint of why the FBI might have been there.

David Gergen: Imagine what would have happened to a lower-level government employee who was suspected of taking classified documents without authorization. He says the right’s hysterical reaction has weaponized their unhinged followers. The right now appears to be in disarray, but the damage has been done, he says. Gergen says it's time for responsible Republicans to step back and take a deep breath before more violence erupts.