The New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed, Put Simply

By Campaign Agent Sophia Esquenazi

On September 5, The New York Times took the rare step of publishing an anonymous op-ed essay, the author being described as a “senior official in the Trump administration.” Titled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the article delves into a current dilemma President Trump is facing: “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The anonymous author introduces the essay with what he believes to be the biggest struggle of all and the reason behind the quiet resistance: “the president’s amorality.” “Although he was elected as a Republican,” the author writes, Trump has failed to act according to the party’s ideals, including those of “free minds, free markets and free people.” Foreign policy examples are cited throughout the op-ed, including Trump’s “preference for autocrats and dictators,” such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

The op-ed goes on to criticize the “erratic” behavior and character of Trump throughout his presidency, claiming that many of the senior officials in the administration are in disbelief by his comments and actions, as “there is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” He does not show appreciation for U.S. allies and has taken actions that are “generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.”

While highly critical of Trump’s impulsivity, the author concedes that many of his policies have in fact “made America safer and more prosperous,” including “effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.” The question we are all asking now is: Who is the senior official who wrote the New York Times op-ed?

The identity of the author is still unknown but aides to President Donald Trump believe they have narrowed down the search to a few individuals. Following the release of the article, Trump called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the publication of the op-ed, arguing that the column presents a national security concern.

Many of those in the Trump administration quickly denied having written it, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Defense Secretary James Mattis. White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders also responded to the op-ed, tweeting: "The media's wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump. Stop."

With less than two months to go before midterm elections, the essay comes at a favorable time for Democrats who hope to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. The Times op-ed writer seems certain that by steering the administration in the right direction through quiet resistance, Americans will benefit and be put first.

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