The scope of the “deep state” caught one top Republican by surprise.
California Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday about his efforts to raise awareness of bureaucracy within the federal government believed to be undermining President Trump.
“One thing that I tell the American people every time that I speak and I go out on the road and I talk to people is that, remember, the deep state here is much worse than even I thought it ever was,” Nunes said in an interview along with Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, to talk about efforts to renew and reform parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Trump’s distrust of people inside the White House and the federal government has intensified since his impeachment and acquittal, and he believes his government is filled with “snakes” he wants to be fired and replaced. Steps are already being taken to weed them out.
A network of conservative activists led by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is helping compile detailed memos of disloyal government officials they want to be fired, while also finding Trump loyalists to replace them, according to Axios.
Nunes, a key Trump ally who was instrumental in drawing attention to alleged government surveillance abuses against the president’s 2016 campaign and leakers, also touched on the 2020 election while promoting a website he started, DefendUSA.com, to combat “the radical left, fake news media, and deep state.”
The congressman said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermont who is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, is their preferred candidate.
“People have to remember that this is one yard in a cloud of dust. You have to wake up every day to fight, because the socialist Left, they work hard to take over the Democratic Party. They work hard to get Bernie Sanders in the lead,” Nunes said. “They’re not going away.”