So the NY Times popped a hit piece on Trump recently.
The gist of the op ed was that someone in DC anonymously admitted to subverting the will of the president.
So here is the big problem.
The anonymous person is a person in DC.
Therefore: The deep state exists.
The anonymous person is not a person in DC.
Therefore: The fake news exists.
Either of the 2 possible scenarios is a win for Trump's base.