For those who believed that Donald Trump was going to simply arrive and Washington and find himself swallowed whole by the machine – there’s a little egg on your face.
No, Trump’s entire 2016 campaign revolved around the idea that The Beltway needed someone from the boardroom to come in and clean house, and that’s precisely what Trump has been doing.
Now, as the Democrats’ RussiaGate conspiracy theory comes crashing down around them, the world is growing ever more aware of the power of the so-called “Deep State”: A once-mythical cabal of upper crust leaders who secretly ruled the politi-sphere.
As it turns out, while many cower and shake at the thought of squaring off against the powers that be, President Trump seems to relish the idea.
Heck, he even called the Deep State out by name this week.
In a new interview, President Donald Trump outlined the challenge of his presidency in stark terms as the best chance the nation has to break the stranglehold of powerful insiders on the business of government.
Trump’s willingness to battle what is know as the “deep state” came to the fore in an interview aired Sunday by the syndicated news show “Full Measure.”
During the interview (transcript here), journalist Sharyl Atkisson brought up recent actions by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grennell to make public information about the early days of the investigations into the Trump presidential campaign by America’s intelligence community.
Then came the fighting words:
“When you look at what Richard Grenell has done in eight weeks, these people didn’t do anything for two and a half years. They should have been exposing this. So I’m very disappointed in certain people. And some people have done a phenomenal job, but what am I doing? I’m fighting the deep state. I’m fighting the swamp. And I said I was doing it. And I’m exposing the swamp. I think if it keeps going the way I’m going, and Ratcliffe is fantastic,” he said.
“If it keeps going the way it’s going, I have a chance to break the deep state. It’s a vicious group of people. It’s very bad for our country. And that’s never happened before,” Trump said.
Washington will never be the same…and that’s precisely what the Trump supporters hoped for.