If Trump thought the Bob Woodward book, which quotes senior Trump administration officials questioning Trump’s ability to lead and referring to him as an “idiot,” he has no idea how the floodgates have opened.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 5, 2018
The New York Times made the unprecedented decision to publish an anonymous op-ed from a person they have confirmed to be a senior official in the Trump White House. Should a name be attached to the piece entitled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the person would most certainly be fired, and the NYT confirms that. However, the writer says it isn’t just his or her own skin being protected through anonymity, it is the American people as a whole who need to be protected from Trump.
The most important Op-Ed of the year has just been published by @nytimes from deep inside the Trump Administration.
They’ve considered using 25th Amendment to remove Trump https://t.co/YW8a06IZvN
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) September 5, 2018
While the entire piece is stunningly jaw-dropping in its every word, some of its excerpts are particularly so.
‘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.
‘I would know. I am one of them.’
The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed. We invite you to submit questions about the essay or the vetting process. NYT's @jimdao will answer a selection of them. https://t.co/gtsCs0YGFl
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) September 5, 2018
The official confesses that entire groups of Trump appointees and administration staffers have privately vowed to get work done and policy passed without the president while also secretly acting to undermine him at his worst.
‘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…
‘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.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 5, 2018
This anonymous official makes clear that he or she is a Republican who believes strongly that the Trump administration has had economic and legislative successes that have gone unreported, but says that “these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.”
The author of the op-ed also makes clear that no matter how many times Trump inevitably insists that the writing is fake and that if someone in his administration really did write it, it’s because of some deep state agenda by the Democrats, “this isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.”
The NYT has published an op-ed by a senior Trump administration official. They know who the official is but the officials name has not been revealed. Among other things, the official says there were early rumblings about invoking the 25th amendmenthttps://t.co/iDhqqNXnz8 pic.twitter.com/0TbcfriS2X
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) September 5, 2018
The writer praised those working to upend Trump’s ignorant and misinformed decision-making in favor of saner policies, calling them “unsung heroes” who have been maligned in the press.
‘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.’
That, as well as the closing of the op-ed, become extremely problematic. While it’s understandable that officials worry that speaking out will get them fired and replaced by those who really will kowtow to Trump’s worst sentiments and demands, working to prop up his credibility while hiding concerns that the country is being run by a madman allows Trump’s rabid fanbase to continue believing that he’s successful, truthful, and that all opposition is simply politically motivated.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 5, 2018
The American people aren’t elected to keep order, we elect people we should be able to trust to do that for us. Yet the writer puts all the burden on American voters to address the biggest problem our country faces.
‘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…
‘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.’
Inevitably, someone will be fired over this, but Trump’s reaction alone should make it all worth it.