The New York Times has published an astonishing anonymous op-ed from someone who purports to be a senior official in the Trump White House.
The Times says it knows the identity of the author, and is publishing the piece due to its “important perspective.”
Here’s how the essay begins:
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 author goes on to say he and his allies are not the ‘resistance’ of the left but are putting country first while Donald Trump continues to act “in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”
The goal of the insiders (who the author refers to as not the “deep state” but the “steady state”) is to thwart “Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”
Continuing, the author refers to Trump’s leadership style as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.”
And then there’s this bombshell:
Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.
You really must read the full essay here.