"You just don't get it. These people can make us disappear."
--Nina Chance (Murder at 1600)
In a recent television interview, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned President Donald Trump about crossing intelligence officials: "Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community--they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."
This is one way to view the 'deep state.' The deep state consists of unelected federal government bureaucrats who, because they are not directly accountable to voters, can pursue their own agendas without fear of reprisal. Bureaucrats and their agencies become more deeply entrenched as they accumulate power independent of elected officials. The Federal Reserve is an example of a deep state agency.
Intelligence agencies also possess capacity for deepness. Since they monitor communications of everyone, including government officials, they can accumulate 'dirt' that can be used against opponents that threaten deep state livelihood. Moreover, intelligence agencies are versed in counter-intelligence practices capable of deceiving large groups of people. They are also capable of inciting or committing acts of physical violence.
The primary goal of the deep state is to maintain power regardless of what political party holds elected office. Trump, being a Washington outsider who has signaled that he will not play ball with the deep state status quo, presents a clear and present threat to these bureaucrats.
Schumer knows it. Others in Washington know it.
However, the more the people of the US develop an awareness of the deep state, then the greater the likelihood that the deep state is in jeopardy.
Perhaps this is Trump's purpose.