For the past six years, Donald J. Trump’s most loyal backers have, as though by reflex, attacked federal law-enforcement officials whenever they have sought to investigate the former president or his allies.
But the reaction to the F.B.I.’s court-approved search of Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s beachfront residence in Palm Beach, Fla., went far beyond the usual ire and indignation. Pro-Trump influencers, figures in the media and even some Republican candidates for office employed the language of violence to rally opposition.
“Tomorrow is war,” Steven Crowder, a conservative commentator with nearly two million Twitter followers, wrote on the site within hours of the F.B.I.’s search. “Sleep well.”
This aggressive language was pervasive on the right as Monday night turned into Tuesday morning.
“This. Means. War,” The Gateway Pundit, a pro-Trump outlet, wrote in an online post that was quickly amplified by a Telegram account connected to Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s onetime political adviser.
Hours later, on the podcast “Bannon’s War Room,” Joe Kent, a Trump-endorsed House candidate in Washington, was asked by the host for his assessment of the search.
“This just shows everyone what many of us have been saying for a very long time,” Mr. Kent said. “We’re at war.”
The idea that things in the United States had become so dire that violence was required was repeatedly uttered by a range of right-wing figures — such as self-proclaimed extremists and former members of Mr. Trump’s administration — after the F.B.I.’s search at Mar-a-Lago. In the 2016 election cycle, many of them had followed Mr. Trump’s lead in criticizing Hillary Clinton’s practice of maintaining a private email server for government-related messages while she was the secretary of state.
“Country on the verge of CIVIL WAR???” Nicholas J. Fuentes, a prominent white nationalist, asked in a post advertising a livestream of the search.
“This is it,” Monica Crowley, a former public affairs official in Mr. Trump’s Treasury Department, wrote on Twitter around the same time. “This is the hill to die on.”
The New York Young Republican Club issued a statement condemning the “continued persecution” of Mr. Trump by “totalitarian Democrats,” adding that action beyond merely “voting out” the former president’s enemies was required.
“Internationalist forces and their allies intent on undermining the foundation of our Republic have crossed the Rubicon,” the statement concluded, “and it is the express belief of the New York Young Republican Club that, should justice not be carried out swiftly on these matters by ALL our elected officials and leaders, nothing less than the future of the Union in on the line.”
Despite such rhetoric, there were no immediate reports of any violence or even large-scale protests. But there were some indications that activists were planning demonstrations against the F.B.I.
A flier appeared online on Monday night calling for a protest against “F.B.I. tyranny” on Wednesday outside one of the bureau’s field offices in California. The flier was posted by Toni Ringlein, a right-wing organizer and real-estate agent in Palm Springs, Calif., who marched on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
In previous social media posts, Ms. Ringlein referred to President Biden as a “traitor,” saying he should be hanged.
The idea that a civil war was drawing near was prevalent in right-wing circles in the days leading up to the Capitol attack. Extremist leaders like Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, and Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys, often rallied their groups with incendiary references to the cleansing violence of the American Revolution.
On pro-Trump websites, people began sharing tactics and techniques for attacking the Capitol and discussed building gallows and trapping lawmakers in tunnels there.
Something similar took place on Monday night, as Trump supporters on social media apps like Gab and Truth Social brazenly displayed a taste for armed conflict.
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