Looks like the rats are about to jump from the sinking ship that is the White House.
It’s been a rough few weeks for Donald, with Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort getting their legal comeuppance.
Oh, and there’s that explosive new book about the White House, the fact that he can’t colour in the American flag correctly, John McCain getting in some final shots from beyond the grave and Fox News anchors having a go.
Just another few weeks in the mess that is America’s leadership, then.
Off the back of Bob Woodward’s book, the New York Times have now published an incredible opinion piece, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration”.
It comes with this tagline:
I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
Woodward’s book makes mention of those closest to Trump removing things off his desk before he can sign them, and ignoring requests he makes because he never bothers to follow up, but this insider’s account shows how it’s a concerted effort on their part.
The Times call the writer ” a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized [sic] by its disclosure”.
Let’s see what beans were spilt today:
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader…
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.
To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.
But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.
Try telling that to his supporters, pal. They’ll just call this fake news, as Trump already has (more on that later), and keep on gobbling up the word vomit Fox throws at them.
Anyway, back to the Times:
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.
In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
But Trump has achieved more than any other president in his first two years in office – at least that’s what he tweets. There’s an answer for that, too:
But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.
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.
Say it – he is a complete and utter moron. The ray of hope, the senior official says, is that there are some level heads around the place:
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…
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.
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.
That’s the most alarming thing of all. Trump has allowed the nasty, angry, divided underbelly of America to rise to the surface, and the damage he has done to the country’s reputation around the world will take decades to fix.
The finish from the Times piece:
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.
Quite the read this early in the morning.
So, shall we look at how the man-baby responded? To Twitter, we go. Just look at this tiny, fragile, bruised ego:
The Failing New York Times! pic.twitter.com/SHsXvYKpBf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
There’s a special place in hell for this chap. So, as per the video above, Trump called it fake news.
He then tweeted:
Who, the New York Times or the senior official?
Oh, so now they might exist.
Hang on, now they do exist and they’re part of the Washington swamp Trump planned to drain?
Enter Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as the Daily Beast reports:
Sanders said in a statement that the “individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States” and that he was “putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people.” “This coward should do the right thing and resign,” she said.
OK, so we have pivoted to the person definitely existing then. She’s also using the pronoun ‘he’, so we know it’s a man.
CNN have outlined 13 people they think the senior official might be, which you can read here.
Can you believe there are people who honestly believe that this man is worthy of the American presidency?
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