For the moment, the Trump cabinet member alleged to have written the NYT editorial remains anonymous. His or her identity is unknown to the public and to the president. But can one really suppose the author’s cry was not part of a larger strategy to remove the president from office?
The president’s immediate response was expected, a silly reprise of Muhammed Ali: “I am the greatest!” Ali was having fun. The president is not, and this morning he is serious, though increasingly isolated and without friends in the search to identify his betrayer. The cabinet members may all turn out to be accomplices of the anonymous author, the first cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Presidents don’t gain personal loyalty by calling members of their cabinets names. Woodward’s book is filled with quotes in which the president belittles his own closest colleagues, the men and women he himself has appointed to serve the country with him as the Trump Administration.
Whether the NYT author is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Chief of Staff John Kelley, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House Counsel Don McGahn, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Director of National Security Dan Coats, or — sound the alarms — Director of National Security Bolton, or someone else makes little difference.
Was the NYT op-ed anonymous because the author is a cowardly traitor like Benedict Arnold? Or is s/he an American patriot like Nathan Hale (“I regret that I have only one life to lose for my country”) but choosing temporary anonymity for the purpose of preparing the American public for the Trump cabinet decision to invoke the 25th Amendment?
Bob Woodward’s new book, FEAR, cites former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus calling the presidential bedroom, where Trump’s early morning and late night tweets originate, “the devil’s workshop,” and dubbing early mornings and Sunday nights in the White House bedroom “the witching hour.”
The next few days may tell the story. If the cabinet votes for allegiance to the country over allegiance to a deranged president, it will happen very quickly. If it succeeds, we will see “A Proper Family Re-Union” welcoming a fourth member of the club. If not…America and the world can expect something far worse than a twitter storm, the likes of which we’ve never seen. Perish the thought!
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, September 6, 2018
Somehow, I find myself not particularly comforted by having “adults” managing our infantile so-called president. If he is that awful … stand up like adults and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
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Agreed, Marilyn. It’s time the adults stop the charade, stop the pretense of ignorance. Thanks God for Republicans like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake who have publicly broken rank with the shameful GOP congressional reign of the code of silence about what everyone in D.C. knows. This crisis calls for adult courage, but it’s still hard to find.
They are a bunch of spineless twits.
Clearly Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are not John McCain’s or Dwight David Eisenhower’s Republican Party. Absent respect for their responsibilities, the Constitution, or all of the American People they do nothing.
Plus 30% of our citizens applaud the doofus Trump.
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Clearly they are not, Jim. They are, however, the party of Oliver North.
And Sean Hannity