Joker Flies ‘Ha-Ha-Ha’ Banner Over Mar-a-Lago After FBI Raid

A member of the DNC spent good money to go airborne just to share with the world his delight at Donald Trump’s latest legal troubles

“Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha”

That was the message Thomas Kennedy and some friends paid $1,800 to fly in the sky near former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Wednesday in the wake of the FBI raiding the Palm Beach property on Monday to search for classified documents.

“It brought me a lot of joy to do so. I would do so again,” Kennedy told NBC 6 South Florida after the stunt.

Kennedy, who is a Miami-based activist and member of the Democratic National Committee, said he hoped Trump himself would see the banner. He also had a message for supporters rallying outside the exclusive club where the former president resides. “Honestly, go do something better with your time than defending a criminal, former reality TV star, disgraced, twice impeached former president.”

The banner japing the former Republican chief executive soared for about three hours, and the tone was a stark contrast to the outrage from Trump supporters on the ground. “We live in a police state,” one unhappy, older gentleman told NBC 6 earlier this week. “The FBI and the Democrats are using the justice system for political ends, as if we were in a third-world country.”

The man’s comment echoed the words of Trump, who first announced Monday’s raid on his social media website, TruthSocial.

“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries,” Trump said in a written statement.

Trump denounced “the weaponization of the Justice System,” calling it “prosecutorial misconduct” and an “attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”

Earlier this year, the National Archives announced classified material was discovered in 15 boxes of White House records stored at the estate, which Trump delayed returning for many months, only relenting when the government threatened action to retrieve them.

According to The New York Times, the search was aimed at recovering potentially classified documents still remaining at the estate, months after the National Archives arranged for the retrieval of the documents this past January. The Washington Post reported today that sources familiar with the situation said the classified documents related to nuclear weapons.

Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference Thursday to confirm he “personally approved” the search warrant, and denounced attacks on the FBI from angry Trump supporters.

“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” he said. “The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants.”

He also announced that the Justice Department filed a motion to unseal a search warrant and property receipt relating to the court-approved search.

“The Department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt in light of the former president’s public confirmation of the search, the circumstances, and the substantial public interest in this matter,” Garland said.

He added, “Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor. Under my watch, that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing.”

A judge has now given Trump until Friday to decide whether or not to oppose the unsealing of the search warrant.

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