Play of the Day: Feds Aren't Involved in Any 'Deep State…' They Just Want to Do Their Jobs
Rapper Snoop Dogg released a video this week in which he satirically pointed a gun at an actor dressed like President Donald Trump in clown makeup. Trump understandably took issue with the imagery, tweeting "Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!" Jimmy Kimmel joked that a Trump presidency is one in which you don't know if the Commander-in-Chief is "going to start a war with North Korea or Lil Wayne."
The Trump White House and its surrogates are increasingly misusing the term "deep state" to describe federal employees and appointee holdovers from Barack Obama's administration, suggesting that the "deep state" is trying to sabotage Trump's administration. Full Frontal's Samantha Bee looked at concept Wednesday night, noting the origins of the term and citing a GovExec survey on the bipartisan makeup of government employees. Bee joked about Sean Spicer saying that bureaucrats have "burrowed in" to government, saying feds aren't mole people, but "bland paper pushers who lucked into job with benefits." Bee also noted Trump's reluctance to appoint people into hundreds of key positions in government joking that the jobs will get filled as soon "as Mike Flynn and Rudy Giuliana have more sons."