Eric Trump tweeted out a conspiracy theory that talk show host Ellen Degeneres is part of the so-called deep state. The second son of President Donald Trump shared a screenshot of Twitter’s suggestions for accounts he may like to follow. The accounts suggested for him included his father’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and DeGeneres.
“Shocking,” Trump tweeted with a screenshot of the suggestions. “Once again, here are the @Twitter ‘suggestions’ of who I should follow. #DeepState.”
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 3, 2018
The “deep state” conspiracy theory, which gained steam after being pushed by former White House strategist Steve Bannon during the 2016 election campaign, is popular among some conservatives who support the president. It refers to an alleged shadowy entity of civil servants that coordinates efforts and policies behind-the-scenes to delegitimize the Trump administration.
However, it is unclear whether Eric Trump was claiming that Clinton, Obama and DeGeneres were part of the “deep state.” Nonetheless, his tweet received ridicule on social media.
— Mean Mr. Mustard (@HoratioMustard) January 3, 2018
This is the most unintentionally hilarious tweet of the very very new year!
— Christopher Jasinski (@analyticswonk) January 3, 2018
Not proud to admit this, but I would pay $20 to sit with Eric Trump for ten minutes and have him explain Ellen DeGeneres" shadowy role in the Deep State.
— Tod Kelly (@RTodKelly) January 3, 2018
Ellen DeGeneres is now part of the "deep state".https://t.co/pI0XPInpBh
— Drew (@SenhorRaposa) January 3, 2018
Yes, Ellen DeGeneres of the deep state. The very same.
— Advertise Here (@youradhereDMme) January 3, 2018
Does the Deep State include Ellen DeGeneres? Shocking.
— Janis Peterson-Lord (@SpecialRider) January 3, 2018
Ellen is deep state, y"all lol https://t.co/A7XEIi3uN9
— Angry Homo Anarchist (@ncanarchist) January 3, 2018
Others argued that even including Obama and Clinton in a “Deep State” claim was way off base since they are not currently working for the government in any major capacity. Others also noted how Twitter’s algorithm works in terms of recommending based off what users have searched.
Eric, there is no Deep State, but your dad says the Deep State comprises non-presidentially appointed civil servants who serve in multiple administrations. Obama and Clinton, by definition, cannot be members of the Deep State. As for Ellen, are you daft?
— Sybill Trelawney (@SybilT2) January 3, 2018
Hi Eric, I know you’re not the smart one, but Twitter’s algorithm looks at who you searched for most recently when making suggestions. It looks like you might have recently searched for a Democrat, buddy.
— Matt Clendineng (@mattclen2) January 3, 2018
You do realize none of the 3 recommends are employed by any state, deep or otherwise? In other news, there’s actually no mister under your bed either.
— Camille Kimball (@CamilleKimball) January 3, 2018
What did you think of Eric Trump’s claim of a “deep state”? Did you find it amusing that he included in his screenshot DeGeneres? Let us know in the comments section.
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