“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.” For the past few days, the world has been engrossed in an elaborate guessing game to unmask the author of the now infamous anonymous September 5th NY Times Op-Ed.
The mystery writer who is described as a “senior White House official” wants the “administration to succeed and think(s) that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous”, but also believes that it is his/her responsibility “to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”
Like everyone else, I have a few theories as to the identity of the author. And while it is tempting to stipulate these names and cite the evidence for my hypotheses, I will refrain from doing so. First of all, there has already been way too much speculation.
Secondly, too much attention has also been paid to the individuals who have publicly declared their innocence. Let’s not forget that back in1974 Mark Felt repeatedly denied being “Deep Throat”, the source to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their legendary reporting of corruption within the Nixon re-election campaign, commonly referred to as “Watergate”. Speaking of Bob Woodward, it is a bizarre coincidence that this anonymous op-ed would surface a few days before the release of Woodward’s latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, on September 11 no less.
The identity of the anonymous writer will eventually be revealed because this individual clearly wants their fifteen minutes of fame or else why would they have penned the op-ed in the first place? If the person truly disagrees with the president’s agenda, he should not be in his administration as his presence clearly poses a risk to the administration’s operational efficiency, morale and potentially our national security. After all, the writer described the administration as eventually being over “one way or another”. That sounds a little like a threat to me.
Secondly, this person who describes himself as being one of the “adults in the room” with the not so subtle intimation that the commander in chief is a child, clearly has an exaggerated sense of his own importance — always a recipe for disaster. Finally, this individual appears to be under the delusion that by being part of the resistance, he is “rising above politics” and “shedding labels” so that we can all unite under the only label which matters “American”.
Unfortunately, his op-ed and the resistance movement behind it have had the opposite effect with the Trump haters even more enraged and the Trump supporters equally fired up to stand firmly behind their man.
Anonymous needs to stop deluding himself that he is protecting the country from a constitutional crisis by babysitting President Trump. Instead he needs to pull the rattle out of his own mouth and make the adult decision to leave The White House.
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