Republican supporters of Donald Trump are advocating for retaliatory actions against Democrats following his recent felony conviction in New York.

Soon after the jury announced Trump’s guilt, there was a swift surge of anger among his allies, leading to demands for retribution. Prominent figures within the GOP, both in and out of government, are urging elected Republicans to utilize all available means to target Democrats, including launching specific investigations and prosecutions.

The level of intensity and open hostility towards using the legal system against Democrats following the verdict is unprecedented in Trump’s tenure in national politics. What sets this moment apart is the breadth of Republicans endorsing the idea of retaliation, with many no longer disguising their intentions with diplomatic language.

Stephen Miller, a former senior adviser to Trump, took to Fox News to issue a rallying cry after the verdict, urging Republicans at all levels, including local district attorneys, to take action. His directive included questions about the use of subpoena powers and initiating investigations against Democrats.

Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, suggested that lesser-known Republican prosecutors across the country should capitalize on this moment by prosecuting Democrats.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a prominent Republican figure, used social media to advocate for aggressive action against President Joe Biden and his allies, symbolizing his call with fire emojis.

The Trump campaign declined to comment on these developments.

Retribution through the justice system is not new to Trump. During his 2016 campaign, he famously chanted “lock her up” regarding his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Throughout his presidency, Trump expressed a desire for the Justice Department to indict his political adversaries, although this did not materialize to the extent he wished.

It remains uncertain whether these calls for legal retaliation will result in actual prosecutions, especially in the near term. However, Trump’s associates are urging district attorneys and attorneys general in Republican-led states to aggressively target Democrats for alleged offenses.

Central to their argument is the assertion that the cases against Trump are politically motivated and lack legitimacy. They contend that these cases are part of a broader conspiracy orchestrated by Biden, dismissing any notion of evidence-based charges against Trump.

Some Republican figures are attempting to frame the pursuit of retribution as a matter of constitutional principle. John C. Yoo, a law professor, argues that retaliation is necessary to deter future prosecutions of Republican leaders.

However, Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill are less concerned with constitutional arguments and are openly advocating for aggressive action against Biden and his family.

There have even been extreme calls for violent retribution against individuals involved in prosecuting Trump, including death threats.

While some Republicans are pushing for oversight and obstructionism, others are demanding revenge prosecutions. This divide reflects a broader schism within the GOP between traditional conservatives and Trump loyalists.

In this climate of heightened tensions, the prospect of bipartisan cooperation seems increasingly remote, with the focus shifting towards settling scores and exacting revenge.