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Is Deep State Hostility to Trump Only Metaphorically Murderous?

Written by Joe Scudder

An insider says that deep state hostility to the President has reached the point that they will “kill” him.

Deep state hostility to Donald Trump and the voters who support him has reached such a point that they are going to “kill this guy.” That’s the testimony of CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd to CNN’s Jake Tapper. Mudd has worked for the CIA and also the FBI when Robert Mueller was the director. But, of course, he said (when asked) that he wasn’t being literal.

Real Clear Politics posted the video and a partial transcript under the headline, “Former Mueller Deputy on Trump: Deep State, ‘Government Is Going To Kill This Guy’

A couple of surprises. Let me give you one bottom line as a former government official. The government is going to kill this guy. He defends Vladimir Putin, their State Department, and CIA officers are coming home. And at Langley and in Foggy Bottom (State Dept headquarters), CIA and State they’re saying, this is how you defend us? We saw the same thing in his transgender comments. What is the military saying to him on transgender? Show us the policy. You know what that means inside government, ain’t going to happen. What did the Department of Justice say on Paul Manafort? You can say what you want, a judge told us we cause to search his home early in the morning because we don’t trust the guy who was your campaign manager.

Afterwards, Jake Tapper came back to Mudd’s comment:

Jake Tapper attempted to clear up Mudd’s comments, “obviously, when you’re talking about killing you’re using that as a metaphor.”

“What I’m saying is government — people talk about the deep state — when you disrespect government officials who’ve done 30 years, they’re going to say, ‘Really? You send Vladimir Putin sends U.S. officers home and you support him before us?” Mudd replied.

I’m real sorry the deep state minions had their feelings hurt, but it is not clear to me why unelected bureaucrats get to oppose the duly elected President of the United States.

Read the entire Real Clear Politics post.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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