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Fox News contributor Piers Morgan said during an interview late last week that the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's home in Florida helps boost Trump ahead of the 2024 Republican presidential primary, which may in turn help President Joe Biden, who he argued would rather face Trump in the election instead of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
Morgan made the remarks during an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"
while speaking with the host about the raid and the potential political fallout from it. Federal investigators removed numerous boxes from Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, including at least 11 sets of classified documents.
"In the end, it comes down to what is in these boxes... if it turns out to be the real deal, if it turns out that Donald Trump has violated the Espionage Act, that is a serious crime and he should be held to account,"
Morgan said. "If it doesn't turn out to be there, that there are legitimate questions, I think, from the Trump supporters about the different standards applied to Donald Trump that hasn't been applied to Hillary Clinton, to James Comey, to Hunter Biden and the others."
Morgan then argued that the real political winner of the raid could be Biden if Trump becomes the Republican presidential nominee and then is weighed down by pending legal actions against him.
"If you're Joe Biden, who would you rather face - Donald Trump who has all the baggage, who has the Jan. 6 investigation ranging a number of legal actions, all this stuff now... or would you rather face a much younger, more dynamic DeSantis who hasn't had the baggage?"
Morgan doubled down. "So, in a way, you could see that although it looks in the short term like this might play out advantageously for Trump politically, if he doesn't get nailed by what's going on here, actually it could work in Joe Biden's favor in 2024."
Calling Trump "the luckiest man in the world,"
Maher said, "His fortune was finally falling."
"The Big Lie was finally losing momentum,"
Maher continued. "DeSantis was beating him in the polls - you know who hates this more than anybody? DeSantis."
"'I had this in the bag, and now I gotta run against President Martyr,'"
Maher said as he impersonated DeSantis.
Maher argued that the raid was "saving Trump politically"
because it has caused "all the Republicans"
to rally around Trump.