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Now Here’s Something That’s Both Shocking And Completely Surprising

Anonymous Op-Ed Piece In The New York Times By Self-Described Senior White House Official Slams Trump’s “Amorality”; Contends “Many Of The Senior” Administration Officials Are Actively Working To “Frustrate Parts Of His Agenda”

Read it by clicking here, or on the graphic below.

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Most things Trump-related these days are shocking, but hardly surprising. Not so this time. The Times Op-Ed is truly remarkable, coming from inside the White House as it reportedly is. No doubt even Trump was thrown for a loop. Here’s a clip of him lashing out at the piece, and then going off on a tangent about how he’s single-handedly keeping the New York Times in business. (And the Washington Post. And CNN. Never mind…) Just watch by clicking on the photo or here:

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Trump Tweeted:

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Trump’s right: the anonymous person is gutless.

While there’s a great tradition in this country of anonymous political publications, going back to the Federalist Papers, written by “Publius” (actually Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison) to promote the Constitution, we don’t think there’s exactly a parallel here.

And we don’t think the author’s identity will remain concealed for long. Because if they really were intent on clandestinely continuing to do what they’re doing now, they wouldn’t have done this.

Also, there’s a huge risk — especially if the author stays anonymous — this could start playing into Trump’s hands: confirming his narrative that there’s a vast conspiracy out to get him, so deep that it’s now infiltrated the White House, with adversaries lurking outside the Oval Office ready to set him on fire. This may be effective fodder for the President to use in rousing his base, and maybe a bunch of people just outside it, so they’ll vote for Trump’s allies in the midterms to “save” the President.

But for now, we will join in on what’s suddenly become America’s greatest pastime: amateur profiling. Because the other big question right now is who dunnit?

Especially if this ends up being a really top tier White House staffer, here’s how we see it:

  • Look for someone who has more natural connections to the New York Times than the Washington Post. Because it would’ve made more sense for this piece to appear in the Washington Post, since the purpose seems at least partly to confirm allegations made by Bob Woodward in the preview of his Trump book in the Post the day before, and to rebut Trump’s rebuttals of that piece.

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Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report" www.thechaosreport.com

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