A Florida Republican candidate for Congress has threatened that FBI agents will ‘go home in a body bag’ if they ever try to search his house like they did Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a- The girlfriend.
In a shocking video he posted to YouTube on Saturday, Sarasota businessman Martin Hyde said: ‘I wish they would show up at my house because they would have come home in a bag mortuary.”
“When they showed up at Mar-a-Lago and raided President Trump’s home, it was an attack on every one of the 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump. It was an attack on democracy,” Hyde said baselessly in the video. “These people would stop at nothing.”
Earlier this month, FBI agents seized some 20 boxes of White House documents at Mar-a-Lago, including 11 sets of classified documents, including some top secret. The documents were to be turned over to the National Archives at the end of Trump’s presidency.
Hyde was endorsed by former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and longtime Trump confidant and adviser Roger Stone. Both men, convicted of crimes, were pardoned by Trump.
Hyde is running against eight-term GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan in a Tuesday primary to represent Sarasota in Congress.
The video is deliberately provocative and appears to be a “long-term effort” to revive Hyde’s campaign, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Despite the controversy surrounding the video on Saturday, Hyde defended it.
“The FBI is starting to act for a politically motivated (DoJ); they act more like bullies and that’s why we have the Second Amendment,” Hyde told the Herald-Tribune, referring to the constitutional right to own guns.
But he also said the video was a last-ditch campaign attempt to get media attention.
“Did you even think I might use hyperbole and rhetoric because I know how sensitive you are to it?” Hyde asked the newspaper. “No need to spend money on mailers when you print my name for free.”
Such comments, even if deliberately exaggerated, can however lead to serious violence.
Federal authorities warned earlier this month of an increase in threats against law enforcement following vicious attacks on the FBI by Trump and his supporters. A joint intelligence bulletin released by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security advises federal officials to remain vigilant against domestic violent extremists.
Gunman Ricky Shiffer, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, was killed by police this month while he tried to rape an FBI office in Cincinnati. Shiffer frequently posted violent messages on Trump’s Truth Social platform and seemed particularly triggered by complaints about Mar-a-Lago’s research.
Hyde had previously been captured on video in February berating a Sarasota police officer and threatening his job during a traffic stop for alleged speeding.