An Apology to David Horowitz: He Was Right about Bill Kristol

The odious Bill Kristol tweeted today, “Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” For those who are not aware of the term “deep state,” it refers to the secret services in a dictatorship who overthrow governments, manipulate the press, and otherwise eliminate opponents. I first heard the term in reference to Turkey, whose military and intelligence services overthrew governments they didn’t like with depressing regularity during the postwar period. To speak of a “deep state” in an American context is to say that the United States is turning into a banana republic.

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