“I am part of the Resistance”

“I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

RTFA. Written by a brave person, conscientious enough to defend a constitution stained by Congressional cowardice, this nation’s bigotry, racism.

5 thoughts on ““I am part of the Resistance”

  1. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    Note that the official response from the White House doesn’t claim the op-ed is fiction (as Trump has with Woodward’s other accounts of his behavior). Instead, it attack the Times for a lack of scruples and calls the author a coward who resents everything Trump has done for the country. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DmXEip8VAAAcbZ_.jpg:large
    Meanwhile: “Trump White House is conducting frantic witch hunt to figure out who wrote the NYT bombshell ‘resistance’ op-ed: CNN” https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/cnns-kaitlan-collins-says-that-white-house-officials-are-scrambling-and-texting-her-to-figure-out-who-wrote-the-nyt-bombshell-article/

  2. Weiße Rose says:

    “Former senior White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon calls it a “coup.” Commentators at the Atlantic and the American Conservative are inclined to agree. Even journalist Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” calls it an “administrative coup d’etat.” But they’re wrong.” (Washington Post 9/11/18) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/09/11/steven-bannon-is-wrong-the-white-house-resistance-is-the-opposite-of-a-coup/?utm_term=.19baa57495e9 “…A coup aims to replace one government with another. But what Anonymous describes is not designed to displace the president or the government. Anonymous writes that those working to subvert Trump had considered but rejected using the 25th Amendment, which would have removed Trump from office.
    Instead, what they are doing is propping him up, protecting him from the consequences of his “bad decisions” by keeping those decisions “contained to the West Wing.” Anonymous and his compatriots “want the Administration to succeed.”

  3. Footnote says:

    “… Most of the media coverage of this editorial has focused either on how scary it is to have a president who is clearly unfit for the job or on the hunt by Trump and his allies to figure out who wrote the piece. But there is another aspect of the editorial that is disturbing. These inside “resistors” attempt to portray themselves as patriots who are trying to save America by being “adults in the room.” But the anonymous official and other insiders have an agenda that is not as patriotic as they make it out to be. Here is the key line in the article that makes clear their real agenda: “There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.”
    Let’s be clear: Trump’s deregulation actions are “effective” only if you are a big business owner or, preferably, the CEO or member of the board of directors of a large corporation or financial institution. Historic tax reform? The overwhelming majority of those savings went to the rich and super-rich. A more robust military? Good news if you’re a weapons maker or another kind of military contractor. But out in the field and around the world, I have yet to notice any significant positive change. Indeed, the military under Trump is barely distinguishable from the military under Barack Obama.
    The anonymous Trump administration official appears to support Donald Trump’s general agenda of helping the richest Americans and ignoring everyone else. What worries the writer is not that Trump is failing “to put country first,” but that he is so emotionally disturbed that he will somehow screw up this corporatist agenda.” http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/rich-persons-resistance-in-the-trump-administration?news=860499

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