Ross Gianfortune | March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Play of the Day: Feds Aren't Involved in Any 'Deep State…' They Just Want to Do Their Jobs

Beware Washington, the land of the "deep state." MH Anderson Photography/

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."


Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.