‘Soviet-style behavior’: Donald Trump-endorsed Anna Paulina Luna responds to Mar-a-Lago search
Anna Paulina Luna speaking in Tampa. Image via AP.

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Since launching her first campaign in 2020, Luna has been an avid Trump supporter, earning his endorsement in both 2020 and in this election cycle.

Donald Trump-endorsed congressional candidate Anna Paulina Luna is denouncing the FBI search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, calling it “Soviet-style behavior.”

In a video released Tuesday morning, Luna called the raid “inexcusable” and “worse than Watergate.” The search, part of an investigation into whether Trump took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, has drawn criticism from conservatives. Florida Politics first reported on the raid Monday evening on Twitter.

“Americans have absolutely lost faith in our justice system. And frankly, while this is happening, just imagine what the world is thinking,” Luna said in the video.

Since launching her first campaign for CD 13 in 2020, Luna has been an avid Trump supporter, earning his endorsement in both 2020 and in this election cycle.

“My prayers and thoughts are with you, Mr. President. We will not back down. We will not be silenced,” she said in a statement. “This is the United States of America, and we will not allow this Soviet-style behavior to continue to take place.”

In her response to the raid, she speculated on his rumored 2024 run and how it may be impacted.

“Over the last, now going on five, six years, we’ve seen the DOJ, the media, really target conservatives, and specifically those that they would consider political threats. So if you wonder why they’re now targeting President Trump the way that they are, I mean, the fact is that it’s very likely that he’s going to be running (for) the nomination in 2024 and they don’t want him to run,” she said.

“Unfortunately, what happened today, it’s going to forever scar and tarnish the reputation of the FBI and those in the organization that still believe in due process and still believe in the Constitution. It should have never happened. What happened was wrong, and frankly, until we can get this country back, it’s bad.”

Luna faces a crowded Republican Primary, but her ties with Trump have kept her near the front of the race.

The Air Force veteran faces former prosecutor Kevin Hayslett, Republican strategist Amanda MakkiChristine Quinn and Moneer Kheireddine in the Republican Primary. Makki lost the Republican Primary to Luna in 2020.

The district, which has changed due to redistricting, now extends further north into traditionally red parts of Pinellas County and eliminates parts of St. Petersburg, the currently drawn district’s largest city and a Democratic stronghold. This has left one Democratic candidate — former Barack Obama administration official Eric Lynn — in the race.

Candidates are running to replace outgoing Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist as he runs for Governor.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Elliott Offen

    August 9, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Soviet Style behavior my azzhole. They had probable cause to search, judge signed a warrant, he got searched. Tired of these far right criminals undermining faith in elections, the judicial system, and law enforcement. Buncha fascist chicanery…buncha crooks full of poo poo.

  • Joe Corsin

    August 9, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Just bombshell after bombshell raining down on Trump’s greasy yellow wig. Hand him a revolver and encourage him to issue himself the coup degras!!!! Fly! Fly to Russia you corrupt billionaire fascist!!!

  • YYep

    August 9, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Really government had spies scince the beginning of time they have snuggling deas the have Taliban dating this will not tarnish anything.

    • Tom

      August 9, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      Seek help…

  • You Cant Handle the Truth

    August 9, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    First the DNCCP concocts false acquisition after false acquisitions from the moment he announced for president. All proven false. Then through 4 years of lies and lawsuits against him and 2 impeachments by leftist hacks. Now they raid his house for what? Never has a sitting president gone after a previous one. We have entered banana republic stage of rule. That seems where the DNCCP are most comfortable.

    • marylou

      August 10, 2022 at 11:50 am

      “raid his house for what?” Trump is still refusing to tell you why? Trump has a copy of the warrant— stating the charges under which it was approved, and listing each item taken away by the FBI. He is completely free to give you all details. DOJ can’t tell you because that would be considered prejudicial.

      • Ray

        August 11, 2022 at 2:25 pm

        I’m guessing that you also believe that “President” Joe Biden had no previous knowledge that this raid was going to take place.

  • Just a comment

    August 10, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Donald exercised violent behavior
    Now look at all those lunacy people that don’t give a dam
    using violence for opportunities aboutt your real living homes
    Explain this democracy? Everything is waiting..


    August 17, 2022 at 7:58 am

    The truth will come out and all you leftist fools will eat your words

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