Trump calls for deep state to be destroyed in Newsweek op-ed: ‘There must be a reckoning’

Donald Trump penned a Newsweek op-ed declaring that the deep state continues to interfere with U.S. elections and that it must be destroyed.

Somewhat ironically, his chief opponent in the Republican presidential primary, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, recently pointed out that while Trump vows to take on the deep state, it ran amok during his first term and the op-ed lends itself to that argument.

“The report by Special Counsel John Durham makes clear beyond a shred of doubt that the Russia Hoax was the most atrocious weaponization of our government in American history. It was a crime like no other,” the former president wrote.

“Seven years ago, I ran for office taking on all the most corrupt forces and entrenched interests in our nation’s capital. My agenda was an existential threat to a Washington establishment that got rich and powerful bleeding America dry,” he said. “I vowed to stop mass illegal immigration, terminate globalist trade deals, end the sellout of our country to Communist China, stand up to the permanent bureaucracy and the corporate media, and break the neocon addiction to endless foreign wars.”

Naming an “unelected cabal in the senior ranks of our government,” Trump said they “acted in concert with their chosen candidate, Hillary Clinton, and their allies in the media” to launch “the de-facto coup attempt known as the Russia Hoax.”

“Their goal was to prevent my election, and failing that, to throw me out of office or sabotage my presidency, undercut my agenda in Congress, block my domestic reforms, and interfere with my foreign policy,” he charged. “For nearly three years, they carried out a massive disinformation campaign and lawless persecution based on the monstrous lie that I was a traitor to my country.”

Stating that “deep state plotters spied on my campaign,” Trump said they “forged false evidence to get illegal surveillance warrants and smear innocent people through leaks to the media” and that $1 million was offered “for a fictitious dossier written by a foreign spy to try to frame me with treason.”

The former president blasted the FBI and former bureau director James Comey for launching a “witch hunt without a scrap of legitimate evidence,” and pointed out that former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden “were in on it, too.”

“They were briefed in August 2016 on reports that Clinton planned to ‘vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian Security Services,'” Trump wrote.

He continued to detail other transgressions, including the scandalous actions regarding Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop that exposed Biden family corruption, before calling for an end to the deep state.

“These corrupted agencies have interfered in every election since 2016—and they are interfering in the 2024 election before our very eyes,” he concluded. “There must be a reckoning. Accountability now lies in the hands of the voters. The Durham Report has made the stakes abundantly clear, and now the choice is ours: either the Deep State destroys America, or we destroy the Deep State.”


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