Sharp analysis of Trump use of Deep State

What Happens When You Fight a ‘Deep State’ That Doesn’t Exist places the Trump guys’ use of such phrases as ‘deep state’ and ‘fake news’ in a clear context.

Though Mr. Trump has not publicly used the phrase, allies and sympathetic news media outlets have repurposed “deep state” from its formal meaning — a network of civilian and military officials who control or undermine democratically elected governments — to a pejorative meant to accuse civil servants of illegitimacy and political animus.

It is akin to Mr. Trump’s appropriation of “fake news,” a term that originally described rumor mills but one that he has used against any outlet that reports real news unfavorable to his administration.

(Politico article details the role the son of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser in these silly rumors. Good choice Donny boy)

The Times article explains the origins of the phrase ‘deep state’, its use or more acurately misuse by Trump de dumps, along with the deleterious effects on government employees and citizens at large.

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