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Opinion With FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s whining kicks into overdrive

Ruben Navarrette: The FBI executed a search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club on Monday. He says no one knows what the FBI was looking for or what it found, but Trump's defenders say it was politically motivated. He asks if Trump had committed crimes, even Republicans would admit that it would be appropriate to investigate. He writes that the reaction of Trump’s defenders was going to be political, but the way that they’re making their case shows how profound a hold Trump's cult of personality still has on his party, he says. The GOP response shows how invested Republicans have become in Trump's personal narrative of oppression, he writes, but it's notable for its distance from the lives of Americans.

Donald Trump's narcissism is so all-encompassing that he is unable to tell anyone not already deep within his cult why the things that matter to him should also matter to them. He’s consumed with re-litigating his 2020 election loss and obsessed with his alleged persecution. But to believe that, you’d have to think the American electorate will rise up to defend poor, persecuted Trump, no matter what crimes.