Biden Allies Plot to Use Mass Protests, Lawfare to Keep Trump from Firing Deep State Bureaucrats

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The establishment in Washington, DC, is preparing to resist and thwart reforms to the federal bureaucracy proposed by a potential second Trump administration.

Trump plans to purge the administrative state by firing career bureaucrats from the DOJ and the FBI if he wins reelection, nine people involved in the effort told Reuters in May. Trump has repeatedly vowed to drain the administrative state, or “deep state” as he termed it, upon returning to office.

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The term “administrative state” specifically describes the phenomenon of unaccountable and unelected administrative agencies, including the national security apparatus, exercising power to create and enforce their own rules. The administrative state uses its rule-making ability and raw power to essentially usurp the separation of powers between the three branches of government by creating a so-called fourth branch of government not formed by the Constitution.

Democrats, fearing a Trump return to the White House, are working to thwart any reforms from a Trump administration. Interviews conducted by the New York Times with more than 30 officials and leaders of organizations told the paper they plan to use mass protests and legal means to stop a second Trump administration.

“What Trump and his acolytes are running on is an authoritarian playbook,” Patrick Gaspard, the chief executive of the CAP Action Fund, told the Times. “So now we have to democracy-proof our actual institutions and the values that we share.”

“He is no normal candidate, this is no normal election, and these are no normal preparations for merely coming out on the wrong side of a national referendum on policy choices,” Ian Bassin, the executive director of Protect Democracy, said about his plans to resist a Trump agenda of reform.

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The ACLU’s director, Anthony Romero, said his left-wing organization mapped out 63 scenarios to combat Trump. His team organized the resistance according to policy, timing, and other factors. One form of resistance is organizing mass protests to potential Trump reforms.

“You’re going to have to go retail, protest by protest,” Romero told the Times.

“We are doing scenario planning for a Biden victory and for a Trump victory,” echoed Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center. “For Biden, we are preparing for the chance to pass significant legislation strengthening the freedom to vote, and for Trump we are mapping out how to limit the damage from an epic era of abuse of power.”

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung slammed Biden’s allies as anti-democratic. “It’s not surprising Biden and his cronies are working overtime to stymie the will of the American people after they vote to elect President Trump and his America First agenda,” Mr. Cheung said. “Their devious actions are a direct threat to democracy.”

Trump’s reported focus on overhauling the federal bureaucracy is predicated on a belief that career bureaucrats inside the administrative state improperly target conservatives, conservative groups, or conservative ideals with the help of the national security state or intelligence apparatus. Trump’s contention is buoyed by significant reporting on various controversies, such as the coronavirus, the Russia hoax, and the “laptop from hell.”

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The next Trump administration would place new constraints on the DOJ’s authority by decentralizing its power to other law enforcement agencies, the sources told Reuters. The initiative is not a new idea among citizens concerned about the erosion of civil liberty. Eliminating the FBI’s general counsel, an office that worked against Trump’s presidency and the investigation into the 2016 Russia hoax, would be first, two prominent Trump allies told Reuters.

Before Trump left office in 2021, he signed an executive order (EO) to reclassify federal government employees into Schedule F, which would have allowed the president to enhance accountability and job performance within the bureaucratic agencies. “You have some people that are protected that shouldn’t be protected,” Trump said in May.

Biden canceled the order when he assumed office in 2021, but if Trump reclaims the White House, he will reportedly reimplement the executive order and purge the unelected technocrats artificially running the federal government. “It would effectively upend the modern civil service, triggering a shock wave across the bureaucracy,” Axios previously concluded about the EO’s impact.

Wendell Husebo is a political reporter with Breitbart News and a former GOP War Room Analyst. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality. Follow Wendell on “X” @WendellHusebø or on Truth Social @WendellHusebo.


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