Survey says: U.S. voters consider FBI Biden’s ‘personal Gestapo’


WASHINGTON, DC — A poll has revealed that some U.S. voters are making parallels between President Joe Biden’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Gestapo of Nazi Germany, possibly due to the agency’s controversial actions recently.

The FBI has been accused by some of being Biden’s political police, and approval of the agency has declined according to a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

Rasmussen Reports conducted a poll on Dec. 29 and 30 that surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters, and it showed voter approval of the FBI declined.

The poll was triggered by recent comments made by Roger Stone, a longtime political adviser to former President Donald Trump.

Stone accused the FBI of becoming President Biden’s “personal Gestapo” and described the subpoena he received from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot as “harassment.”

Stone, who was pardoned by Trump after being convicted of lying to lawmakers about Russian election interference, criticized the FBI when he spoke with John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio show, saying:

“We have a group of politicized thugs​ ​at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo​.”

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The poll asked the following questions:

1. Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of the FBI?

2. Is Christopher Wray a better or worse FBI director than most of those who held the job before him? Or is his performance about the same?

3. Is the FBI director influenced by the president in his decision-making, or is he truly independent of the administration?

4. Do you agree or disagree with this statement: There is “a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo.”

Rasmussen Reports noted the margin of sampling error was +/-3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence and reported:

“Fewer voters now trust the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and many believe the agency is acting as President Joe Biden’s ‘personal Gestapo.’

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“A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 46% of Likely U.S. voters have a favorable impression of the FBI, including 15% who have a Very Favorable view of the agency.

“That’s down from May 2020, when 60% had a favorable impression of the FBI. Forty-seven percent (47%) now view the FBI unfavorably, including 26% who have a Very Unfavorable impression.”

Regarding the poll results, Breitbart noted:

“Voter opinion on whether FBI Director Christopher Wray is influenced by the president has reached a ‘near-complete reversal.’

“Now, 50 percent of voters believe Wray is influenced by Biden ‘in his decision making,’ and only 26 percent think he is independent of the administration. Twenty-five percent of those polled are unsure.

“In May 2017, 53 percent thought the FBI director was independent while 26 percent thought he was beholden to the president. Approval of Wray has also declined since 2020.”

Rasmussen Reports reported:

“Only 10 percent of voters now say Wray is better than most who held the job before him – down from 13 percent in May 2020 – while 25 percent believe Wray is worse than most previous FBI directors, up from 17 percent in 2020. 

“Thirty-seven percent think Wray’s performance as FBI director has been about the same as most of his predecessors, and another 28 percent are not sure.”

By political affiliation, more Democrats (63 percent) than Republicans (38 percent) and unaffiliated voters (35 percent) have a favorable impression of the FBI, according to Breitbart’s report.

Fifty-seven percent of Republicans and 56 percent of unaffiliated voters have an unfavorable view of the FBI compared to 30 percent of Democrats, with Biden’s most enthusiastic supporters being more likely to favor the FBI, according to the report.

Why has the FBI lost favor with some members of the public?

One possible reason is the agency’s actions regarding the disturbing diary of President Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden.

In November, the FBI conducted a controversial raid on the home of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, looking for information about Ashley Biden’s diary even though the media company never published its salacious contents.

A different media company, National File, ended up publishing the contents of the diary with limited redactions to protect the identities of private individuals.

O’Keefe told Breitbart News at Turning Point USA’s recent AmericaFest conference in Phoenix, Arizona, that the FBI came into his apartment, handcuffed him and took his phones.

O’Keefe told Breitbart News:

“It is a gross, unconstitutional violation. They can’t do that to journalists in this country. We have a First Amendment.

“This was a gross overstep by the government.”

Breitbart News reported that after the raid, a federal judge ordered that a “special master” be appointed to review data from O’Keefe’s cellular phones, which the FBI seized in the raid.

O’Keefe said:

“And this judge was an Obama-appointed federal judge, so sometimes there are still certain boundaries that we can’t cross, and there are certain things we should all agree on.

“Raiding journalists’ homes because you don’t like what they’re doing is, I think, a bridge too far for many people.”

Last week, a New York judge ordered the New York Times to return and destroy all copies it possessed of legal memoranda prepared for Project Veritas, saying it had violated O’Keefe’s rights, according to Breitbart News’ report.

O’Keefe told Breitbart News:

“Fear is so pervasive. They want you to be afraid, and I think you really have to stop being afraid, and really not let the fear control your decision-making.

“That’s my biggest advice to people. They’re worried about their mortgages, their families, their children.”

Some have commented that the FBI’s actions are similar to the tactics used by the Gestapo of Nazi Germany, especially as it pertains to going after certain members of the free press and removing items that are potentially unflattering for the president.

There is a historical precedent.

The Gestapo was a frightening secret state police force that enforced the regime’s radical policies.

However, to get to a point of power, the Nazis dismantled the democracy of the Weimar Republic, which existed from 1918-1933.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Weimar Republic’s constitution guaranteed individual rights and legal protections, which was problematic for the Nazis:

“These included: freedom of speech; freedom of the press; and equality before the law. Political police forces had to respect these rights. The constitution prevented them from conducting arbitrary police actions. Nevertheless, political policemen were active during the Weimar Republic.

“In particular, the political police focused on containing political violence among the anti-democratic movements of the extreme right and left.

“This included policing the Nazi Party and the Communist Party. Both parties became increasingly popular in Germany beginning in 1930. Over the next three years, the Weimar-era political police struggled to respond to these often violent mass movements.”

On Jan. 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany. He then planned to establish a dictatorship and get rid of all political opposition.

The new Nazi regime intended to use Germany’s political police to accomplish these goals. However, there were some road blocks to remove.

One obstacle was the Weimar Republic’s constitution remained in effect and contained legal protections against arbitrary police actions.

The second hurdle was that Germany’s political police forces were decentralized. They remained subordinate to various state and local governments and not to Hitler as chancellor.

The two obstacles hindered how Hitler could legally manipulate the political police for his own benefit, so emergency decrees were used to transform Germany.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

“These decrees freed the political police from legal and constitutional limitations. The most important of these was the Reichstag Fire Decree. It was issued on February 28, 1933.

“This decree suspended individual rights and legal protections, such as the right to privacy.

“This made it easier for the police to investigate, interrogate, and arrest political opponents.

“Police could now read private mail, secretly listen to telephone calls, and search homes without warrants.”

The Gestapo’s mission was to “investigate and combat all attempts to threaten the state.” Threats included everything from organized political opposition to individual critical remarks about the Nazis.

The government began designating certain categories or groups of people as threatening.

New Nazi laws were also created so that criticisms of the regime could legally be considered a security threat.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provided an example. A December 1934 law made it illegal to criticize the Nazi Party or the Nazi regime.

Telling a joke about Hitler could be categorized as a “malicious attack against the state or the Party.”

It could then result in an arrest by the Gestapo, trial before a special court and even imprisonment in a concentration camp. 

The Gestapo implemented Nazi ideology, which defined entire groups of people as racial or political enemies. Membership in the Communist Party or a Jewish background was enough to make someone a threat to the state and subject to Gestapo attention.”

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