Why the Deep State is Gunning for President Trump

By William Kilpatrick Published on March 24, 2017

According to some, the “Deep State” is just another conspiracy theory. It’s hard to prove claims about unelected and unaccountable officials in government and intelligence agencies. They operate in secret. In another sense, however, the Deep State is an obvious — and troubling — fact.

The president and those whom he appoints and we elect are but the tip of a deep iceberg. Below them sits a huge pyramid of bureaucracies and civil servants. The federal government is the largest employer in America.

But whom does this army of civil servants serve? They’re supposed to serve the American people. Too often, it seems, they put party loyalty above that.

Deep State Functionaries Give 90 Percent to Democrats

What party is that? Here’s a clue: federal employees working in 14 agencies donated $2 million to the recent presidential campaign. Of that 95 percent went to Hilary Clinton. No surprise that 99 percent of donations from State Department employees went to Clinton. But Department of Agriculture employee donations also went 99 percent to Clinton. So did gifts from Department of Education employees (99.7 percent) and Department of Labor employees (99.4 percent). Department of Justice workers contributed 97 percent. IRS employees gave 94 percent.

The State Department winked at Clinton’s use of her private server to handle classified information. You don’t need a conspiracy theory to see why. When the Justice Department exonerates Clinton, there’s no mystery there. The people who make these decisions, and the lower-level people who back them up, are all Clintonites. That is to say, left-leaning Democrats. They don’t take their cues from the American people or from the Constitution. They do what the Democratic Party wants.

Defense Department employees contributed 84 percent to Clinton. Homeland Security workers donated 90 percent.

By any reading of the statute, Clinton clearly violated the Espionage Act. Not once, but thousands of times. Her actions clearly compromised national security. Foreign powers surely could access her communications. Nevertheless, for the Deep State Democrats, party loyalty trumped national security. So she wasn’t prosecuted.

Obama Stuffed the Pentagon with His Followers

But how about the security agencies themselves? If you believe what you see in the movies, military top brass are all rock-ribbed conservatives. Yet Defense Department employees contributed 84 percent to Clinton. Homeland Security workers donated 90 percent. The figures suggest that the people in charge of our nation’s security are mostly rock-ribbed Democrats.

This partisan edge may explain why President Trump is having a tough time with some of his security appointments. General H.R. McMaster, his National Security Advisor, subscribes to the Obama-era fantasy that terror has nothing to do with Islam. General James Mattis, Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense, seems to be picking his own appointees from Hillary’s discarded wishlist.

Mattis’ choice of Anne Patterson for undersecretary of defense for policy is particularly disturbing. This is the fourth most powerful position in the Pentagon. During Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, Patterson was Ambassador to Egypt. She was also an ardent supporter of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Even after General El-Sisi turned the Brotherhood out of power, she lobbied to have them reinstated. According to Raymond Ibrahim, she was widely known in Egypt as the “Brotherhood stooge.” She “was arguably one of the most hated individuals by the millions of Egyptians who took to the streets against Morsi and the Brotherhood.” One senior Republican foreign policy advisor told the Washington Free Beacon:

Anne Patterson is the embodiment of the Obama administration’s failed approach to the Middle East … it’s beyond irresponsible to put her in charge of the Pentagon’s policy apparatus.

Mattis has since withdrawn Patterson’s name under pressure from the White House. But why did he pick her in the first place? Some say that the choice of McMaster and Mattis was just poor judgment. Maybe. Or maybe there aren’t that many good people to choose from. Trump needs candidates who are competent and can be confirmed swiftly by the Senate. Mattis’s quick confirmation suggests that the Democrats weren’t too worried about his policy views.

There’s a huge swamp of Obama appointees in every federal agency. Is Trump willing to drain it? If not, they will foil him at every turn, with the media’s help.

Could Mattis have been steeped too long in the culture of Obama’s Pentagon? Was he surrounded by people who couldn’t see a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood? During his eight year tenure, Obama replaced several hundred generals and admirals. He put in people who would go along with his anti-win policy. While Obama was gutting the Pentagon’s budget, he was also busy weeding out all those rock-ribbed patriotic types.

Are Iran’s Stooges Setting Our Foreign Policy?

Too many government agencies are top-heavy with liberals. That will make it extremely hard for the new administration to make a fresh start. The Deep State is stuffed with holdovers from the Obama administration who are committed to his failed policies.

A prime example is Sahar Nowrouzzadeh. She formerly worked for the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC). That’s a lobbying group for the Islamic Republic of Iran. She also served as the Iran Director for President Obama’s National Security Council. Experts call her one of the architects of the suicidal Iran nuclear deal. You’d think that the new administration would want to cut her out of the loop.

Yet Nowrouzzadeh is now in charge of Iran policy for the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff. She got this position in 2016. Recently, a high-ranking official of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps boasted about a “guerrilla movement” of Iranian agents who work and live in the United States. But with people like Nowrouzzadeh working at State, they need hardly have bothered.

The Travel Ban Was Nixed by an Obama Crony

And then there are the courts. Federal judges might be expected to keep the Deep State in check. But some of them act more like partisan functionaries. A case in point is Judge Derrick Kahala Watson. He was appointed as a U.S district court judge in Honolulu by fellow Hawaiian and Harvard Law classmate Barack Obama. Judge Watson issued a restraining order against President Trump’s temporary travel ban. He didn’t cite legal grounds. So what was his argument? During the campaign, Trump had used heated rhetoric when speaking of Muslims.

The purpose of the travel ban is to protect Americans from radical Islam. The judiciary, in contrast, seems determined to put Americans at risk. The law itself is solidly on the side of the president. The president is empowered by 8 U.S. Code 1182 to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants” whose entry “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

Alas, the lawyer left is not interested in the law. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy writes, “There is no way of crafting an order restricting immigration from Muslim countries that will satisfy them.” So what then? If the judges will not follow the law? If the bureaucratic holdovers from the Obama administration are more loyal to him than to the Constitution?

We Are Headed for an Ugly Showdown That Trump Might Lose

Then we are headed for a dangerous confrontation. It will be hard to resolve through courts. Will we end up with one law enforcement body following orders from a court, against another following orders from the President?

And then there’s the question of just how much power the President has over the Deep State. Columnist Daniel Greenfield suggests that Obama controls more of the government through his network of embedded loyalists than Trump does. As Mark Steyn puts it, “You don’t need a presidency for life, if you’ve got a bureaucracy for life.”

But why would leftist actors in Deep State risk such a dangerous encounter? Perhaps because they’re fairly confident they would win it. They have plenty of allies in the government and in the courts.

Add to that the support of universities and all those grads whom they’ve trained to believe that they can flout any laws they don’t like. In addition, they can count on a network of leftist nonprofits such as Obama’s Organizing for Action (OFA) which has 33,000 volunteers and 250 offices across the country.

Most of all, the Deep State can count on the “fourth estate” — the media — to cover for it by slanting the news. If, as some contend, we are in the midst of a “quiet coup” by a shadow government, you can be sure that the media will do its best to keep it quiet. Or even to justify it.

Those who think that Trump’s electoral victory will surely result in a safer and more secure America haven’t come to grips with the Deep State’s capacity to stir up deep trouble.

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  • Gary

    America is in so much trouble from the leftists who dominate Congress, the courts and every government agency. Trump has a job in which success might be impossible. A lot of people need to be fired. Including judges.

    • anne55

      Obama also had a job that made success really difficult. Remember the Tea Party? And how the Republicans tried to obstruct everything he did? I do.

      • Jim Walker

        Obstruct Obama when he is up to no good is good obstruction. Obama had made the whole country divided. He can’t even leave the bathroom alone.

        • anne55

          Funny. I see this exactly the opposite. Just substitute Trump’s name for Obama’s in your statement.

          • GPS Daddy

            I’m a registered republican… barely… at great pain.

          • Jim Walker

            It’s funny those who represents Hillary and the Left are pro choice, pro feminists pro violence pro no borders pro lawlessness pro killing cops and more extreme pro stuff yet you say Repub are extreme, when they are standing all along at God’s side.

          • anne55

            I am prochoice.
            I am a feminist.
            I am strongly against any form of violence and always have been.
            I am not for killing cops, but I am for their accountability. Too many times minority people have been profiled and harmed without just reason.
            I am in support of people with different sexual orientation..
            I was a Sanders supporter, only supporting Hillary when she became the nominee. I much preferred Sanders. But I also felt Hillary was held to an impossible standard.

            Why would I want to force my opinions about abortion on others? I don’t. That is solely a decision between a woman and her doctor.
            Why would I not be a feminist? That is simply saying that the sexes are equal; that women’s rights should equal a man’s rights.
            Why would I be for violence? I’m not and almost all progressive people I know are not.
            Why would I not stand for justice, for the police to treat all people equally and respectfully?
            Why would I not feel the same about justice for people of different sexual orientations?

            I am for a progressive platform and am unapologetic about it.

          • Jim Walker

            Pro choice – shows the utter irresponsibility in you. You’d probably cry when a dog is abused but not for millions of babies cut to pieces in the womb.
            Feminist – sexes are equal, but the roles men and women play in this world is not. We re made different and we should complement each other rather than being a feminist, who likes to go against to feel more equal.
            Sexual orientation – there is no such thing. Its all in their minds, sans those who are born with both male and female reproductive organs.
            Thanks for not being violent – but many from your side are violent as we can see from countless protests and many are vulgar, almost demonic.
            Police bullies, there will always be a small number, just like bullies in school but to go kill cops ? might as well go kill the school bullies too on the way. All lives matter. Go figure why BLM doesn’t care about the thousands of their own kind killed in Chicago but went after cops.
            I guess you have progressed so much you have gone to the darker side.

      • Gary

        You’re a liberal. You are the enemy. You are part of the problem. People like you are what is dragging down the country.

        • GPS Daddy

          Ephesians 6:12
          For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

        • anne55

          I am a 63 year old woman. And a registered independent (although honestly, I don’t know why. The Republican’s have become so extreme in recent years, I can’t imagine voting for any of them. So, maybe I’ll change my affiliation).

          Some enemy.

          • GPS Daddy

            Anne55, if truth is objective then your either on the side of truth or your not. But if ‘truth’ is subjective and there is no objective truth then it’s just your opinion against anothers. Then one who can force their opinion on another is the one who is ‘right.’

          • Gary

            I’m a 65 year old man. And a registered independent. But you and I are on different planets theologically, morally, and politically. When you say Republicans are extreme, I suppose you mean they are “right-wingers”. But from my perspective, most Republicans are either liberals, much like you, or gutless moderates who are afraid to be for or against anything. There are few who I would call conservative, or “right-wing”. I wish there were more.

      • GPS Daddy

        Anyone who knows the classified environment KNOWS Hillary committed treason.

        • anne55

          Then why did Comey give her a pass twice?

          • GPS Daddy

            Good question

  • Kevin Carr

    The people of the deep state are globalist, President Trump is not, he spoils the party. Progressives have bought into the globalist paradigm.

  • Irene Neuner

    May be the case as stated above. I pray daily for President Trump, Mike Pence and company. That they will have Divine wisdom and Divine love. That Christ, if only for the sake of the saints, will help him to stand strong. The best of us will bend, buckle, or break under the attacks of the evil one.

  • anne55

    This whole deep state concept is garbage.

    James Comey and Michael Rogers are both Republicans. Remember Comey going after Clinton only 1 week before the election? Then clearing her maybe…what…2 days ahead of it?

  • Linda

    2 million dollars came from the employees of 14 departments? What’s that amount to per employee, per donation? What is the point of this article? Please don’t tell me you feel you can paint the entire bureaucracy as being of one-mind against the Dear Leader?

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