The anonymous op-ed, paints a truly horrifying picture of a dysfunctional, barely existent executive branch.
“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,” he/she/it writes.”I would know. I am one of them.”
The writer clarifies that s(he) isn’t part of the leftist resistance because s(he) wants the administration to succeed.
“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,” the op-ed says.
“That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”
Except, of course, sacrifice a paycheck to save the country, apparently.
The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
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.
The writer depicts the president as unstable.
“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,” the op-ed says.
The Times says it allowed the anonymity — an ongoing complaint against the paper — because it believes “publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.”
Reaction: This is a constitutional crisis (The Atlantic)