The same has happened to me from time to time.
I’ve been told I shouldn’t use the term “deep state,” because no such thing exists. Never mind that online encyclopedias have articles explaining the term, or that the term itself has been around long enough for there to be a common understanding of its meaning. Never mind that deep state is synonymous with a phrase my semantic critics fully accept and regularly use: military industrial complex. Never mind, especially, the rich and abundant literature on CIA and FBI abuses of a trusting American public.
Never mind all of that. To use these two particular syllables to describe a thing we all know about makes me a conspiracy theorist.
No worries, though. What really interests me here is that denial of the reality of the deep state appears to have gone mainstream.
You know what I think? The deep state itself is behind this Orwellian psyop.