The deep state is a conspiracy theory that there are a body of people who are secretly manipulating or controlling US government policy, and the President must serve their interests or else risk assassination. It serves as a convenient excuse for the alt-right as to why Trump can't get anything done (e.g. It doesn't matter, the deep state are stopping him at all costs and he needs to make sure they don't take him out!). Like many alt-right expressions, the term can be used as covert anti-Semitism.
- Conspiracy theories: deep state assassinated JFK & may be planning Trump's assassination Inquisitr. March 17, 2017.
- ‘Alt-Right’ Fears ‘Deep State’ Retribution Against Trump Southern Poverty Law Center. February 27, 2017.