People are trying to figure out who the anonymous writer could be…
The Opinion piece in the New York Times was published anonymously and had some scathing rebukes of the President. The NYTimes says that the author is a ‘senior official’ in the White House administration, and has chosen to publish the anonymous essay in order to ‘deliver an important message to [their] readers’ as well as protect their source whose job would be at risk if he/she was identified as the author.
Here are some highlights of the piece titled, ‘I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.‘
I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
The author then says that the ‘resistance’ isn’t the same as that of the left, it’s to make sure that the agenda succeeds despite the President’s behavior, which is ‘detrimental to the health of our republic.’
That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
The author also states that calling the Media (D) out for their bias is divisive.
You mean we’re not supposed to say anything about the press that just spent the last week (though it felt like 10 years) honoring the memory of the late Senator John McCain, but in 2000 and 2008 vilified him as a warmonger, reminded us that he cheated on his first wife with Cindy, and attacked his war record while simultaneously boldly asserting that they had a right to be biased? POLITICO published an article in the last few days before the 2008 election essentially saying, ‘McCain is getting hosed in the Press — so what?’
And we are to say nothing about the blatant disregard that the Press has for the views of the more conservative half of America?
Um… no thanks.
The rest of the op-ed seems to focus on personal attacks. He’s ‘impetuous, adversarial, petty, and ineffective‘ and his behavior is ‘erratic.’
From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.
Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
The author also says that key aides have taken a hit for decisions that the President should own:
The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
Adults in the room? Laura’s tweet knocked that one out of the park.
Writing a poison pen op-ed that you don't have to defend publicly is easy. Advancing an agenda that delivers 4.2 percent GDP and record low unemployment is hard. #AnonymousCoward
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 6, 2018
The author claims that we are left with a ‘two track presidency’ — one that the President espouses, and what is actually done. The author plays into those that claim that the president has authoritarian tendencies by stating that President Trump ‘shows a preference for autocrats and dictators‘ like Kim Jong-un of North Korea, and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, instead of allies and ‘like-minded’ nations.
Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.
The author says that there was talk of invoking the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump, due to the ‘instability’ that many witnessed, but no one wanted to start the complex process of removing the president, or ‘precipitate a constitutional crisis.‘
And then, the author reveals the true colors — the disappointment that political discourse has diminished under President Trump.
The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
Obviously whoever this is has not watched the Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation hearings. That is a lack of civility on the part of Democrats. ClashDaily reported that these protesters may have even been paid to disrupt the hearing.
Here’s the kicker and how you know that it’s the ‘deep state’: invoking John McCain.
Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.
We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.
There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.
Source: New York Times
Well, that was quite the load of hooey.
Is the author suggesting that John McCain rose above politics? Because he didn’t. He’s the one that handed the Steele dossier to Comey. It was confirmed in the minutes that one of his staffers made the suggestion to the Obama administration to target Tea Party Groups with the IRS.
And let’s not forget that Senator McCain didn’t step down when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness and left his constituents without representation — just so he had the privilege to ‘thumbs down’ the skinny repeal of Obamacare and go against his campaign platform.
So, spare me the laudable ‘rising above politics’ sort of behavior of John McCain.
But, really, this story is a non-story unless we know who wrote it.
Some are even making the ridiculous suggestion that it could be Vice President Mike Pence.
Hillary’s former Campaign Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri, said that this could be amount to a ‘nothing burger’:
Fwiw, based on my experience with NYT sourcing rules for Administration officials, this person could easily be someone most of us have never heard of & more junior than you’d expect. Like a deputy at legislative affairs or NEC.
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) September 6, 2018
She even had a back-and-forth with Kenneth Baer, the Assitant Director in the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration about her tweet:
Not necessarily. A SAP (special assistant to President) would be sourced as a “senior administration official” by NYT and other outlets during my time w/ 44 and 42.
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) September 6, 2018
So stealth! Yes, an assistant secretary would be an “Senior Admin official.” To address your point about “WH official” – SAP would be sourced as a “Senior WH official.” And that could include OMB officials. Even USTR. But I doubt this person is from USTR. Too random.
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) September 6, 2018
Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary for the George W. Bush administration points out that unless we know how senior the person that wrote the op-ed is, it isn’t really a story.
From Hillary Clinton’s campaign communications director – and this is why it’s impossible to evaluate how important the anonymous NYT op-ed is. Without knowing how high up the author truly is, the op-ed leads me to no conclusions. https://t.co/IvRVLueU4L
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 6, 2018
So, someone posted a list of the White House Employees:
One thing became shockingly clear — people got very upset at how much the calligraphers were paid.
We're paying an awful lot of money for calligraphers.
— Just Junk It (@courtney_cody) September 6, 2018
THE CALLIGRAPHER MAKES $71,400!!! ????
— Jennifer Sage????????♀️????????⛷ (@vivavelo) September 6, 2018
Actually, that’s inaccurate.
That’s the salary of one of the three calligraphers on the list.
The Chief Calligrapher makes $104,200 and the other calligrapher on the list makes $92,000.
Can we start a rumor that the anonymous op-ed writer is actually the White House calligrapher?
— Jared Walczak (@JaredWalczak) September 6, 2018
And just like that — a new conspiracy began…
It’s clearly the Chief Calligrapher!
— NaomiPDX ???? (@NaomiOMy_) September 6, 2018
The calligrapher, in the green room, with the quill.
— Allison Adato (@editgirlnyc) September 6, 2018
Oh, it’s ridiculous is, it?
I do some amateur calligraphy, and all of the work can be for naught with one misplaced stroke of the pen, or a tiny drip of ink, or, heaven forbid — your master document has a typo.
The struggle is real, you guys.
Trust me, there can often be some pent-up rage.
Of course, calligraphers can always express their frustration in ways other than anonymous whistleblowing.
Despite the ‘resistance’ from both the left and apparently from within the Trump administration, this Presidency has been extremely successful.