Donald Trump Invokes 'deep state' Conspiracy Theory at North Carolina Rally
President Donald Trump told attendees at a Wednesday campaign event in North Carolina that the deep state, a major element of the conspiracy theories espoused by the QAnon movement, was real.
According to some QAnon adherents, Trump is engaged in a secret war against members of the deep state which is comprised of Democrats, business people and individuals in the entertainment industry that are involved in a worldwide child trafficking ring. No evidence has been uncovered to prove the veracity of the QAnon theories. At Wednesday's rally, Trump said that he had been trying to get rid of people who were aligned against him, a process Trump has called "draining the swamp."
"We've had to soundly defeat—we're in the process of doing it," Trump said, "it's much deeper than I thought. The deep staters, right? We had a bit of a steeper—you know, the swamp. And the swamp creatures are much deeper and much worse than we ever thought."
"And there is such a thing as the deep state," Trump added. "Who would think?"
During a televised town hall meeting in October, Trump declined to denounce QAnon.