New York Times Publishes Evidence of a Deep State 'Resistance' Inside the Trump Administration
On Wednesday, The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed that revealed an internal cabal that could be described as a "deep state." While the term most frequently refers to holdovers from the Obama administration who are working behind the scenes to undermine President Donald Trump, this anonymous administration official claimed to want the administration to succeed — by restraining the president behind the scenes.
President Trump responded to the article, declaring it "really a disgrace."
The anonymous author reported that "many of the senior officials in [Trump's] own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations."
"I would know. I am one of them."
Now, this secret conspirator immediately established an important caveat. "To be clear, ours is not the popular 'resistance' of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous."
"We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic," the anonymous official wrote. "Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office."
The internal conspirator insisted, "This isn't the work of the so-called deep state. It's the work of the steady state."
Even so, an internal cabal that conspires to constrain the president arguably fits the definition of a "deep state," though not quite the same sort of deep state involving Obama officials or for-life employees that attempts to thwart Trump's policy goals from within.
This "steady state" cabal attempts to restrain President Trump without starting a constitutional crisis. "Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president," the conspirator wrote. "But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it's over."
The internal conspirator suggested that Trump needed to be restrained in order to support traditional conservative principles, and to minimize erratic behavior in the executive branch.
"Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright," the anonymous conspirator explained.