Judge who approved Mar-a-Lago Raid disparaged Trump online

The Florida Magistrate Judge who signed off the FBI raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home allegedly disparaged Trump and shared ‘woke’ content on his personal Facebook page.

Josiah Lippincott, a retired marine and current Hillsdale College student and writer, first reported that the judge suspected of approving the raid, Bruce Reinhart, attacked Trump online in 2017.

One of Reinhart’s Facebook posts screenshotted by Lippincott read,

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“I generally ignore the President-elect’s tweets, but not this one. John Lewis arguably has done more to ‘make America great’ than any living citizen.”

Bruce Reinhart Facebook Post Screenshot

He further praised the left-wing Lewis, “Last August, I took my son to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma so he could understand the kind of courage and sacrifice required to live in a democratic society. John Lewis embodies that spirit,” he added. “Although I’ve never met him, he is one of my heroes.”

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Turning back to Trump, Reinhart also wrote,

“Donald Trump doesn’t have the moral stature to kiss John Lewis’s feet.”

The post was indirectly in response to Trump attacking Lewis for claiming his 2016 election was illegitimate due to Russian interference, which has now been debunked.

Reinhart’s Facebook page includes other posts of the same tenor. In July of 2017, Reinhart advocated for criminal justice reform, calling the policies of his home state “embarrassing.”

In March of 2018, he posted a special thanks to former Republican Governor Rick Scott for appointing his wife as a judge on the circuit court bench.

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According to Lippincott, “Reinhart also shared a post in October of 2017 from a Facebook group called “WokeFolks” explaining white privilege, using the metaphor of running a race with different starting lines.”

On Tuesday, sources told the New York Post that not only was Judge Reinhart responsible for approving the search warrant for the FBI raid but that he also represented sex offender Jeffery Epstein and had received immunity amidst the investigations of Epstein’s sex trafficking.

 

Editor’s note: A previous version of this post referred to Sen. Rick Scott as a Democrat when he’s a Republican. We regret the error.


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