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 		 [ Trump is a threat, but so too are the right-wing ideologues who
surround him imposing a form of efficiency to implement their agendas.
We should fear Trump, and we should fear the oped author. Both are
dangerous.] [https://portside.org/] 

 WHILE TRUMP CLEARLY HORRIBLE PRESIDENT, CRITICS DENOUNCE RIGHT-WING
'UNELECTED CABAL' REPRESENTED BY ANONYMOUS OP-ED  
[https://portside.org/node/18086] 

 

 Jon Queally 
 September 5, 2018
Common Dreams
[https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/05/while-trump-clearly-horrible-president-critics-denounce-right-wing-unelected-cabal]


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 _ Trump is a threat, but so too are the right-wing ideologues who
surround him imposing a form of efficiency to implement their agendas.
We should fear Trump, and we should fear the oped author. Both are
dangerous. _ 

 President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and
members of the Cabinet, are seen in prayer prior to the start of their
Cabinet meeting, Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Laurel Lodge at Camp
David near Thurmont, MD., Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House //
Common Dreams 

 

What's more troubling: That the grotesque liar and right-wing
narcissist Donald Trump was elected by the American people to be
President of the United States in 2016? Or that there is now
apparently a secret cabal of unelected right-wing officials inside his
White House—at least according to a _New York
Times_ op-ed published
[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html] Wednesday
afternoon—that is actively undermining his presidency from within
and their own discretion?

"Proponents of healthy, civilian-rule democracy should not be
encouraging or celebrating secret, independent military
insubordination as a response to reckless/illegal executive overreach.
It sets a precedent that is ripe for abuse." —Reed F. Richardson,
journalist"I work for the president," the op-ed writer,
controversially provided anonymity by _Times_, confesses, "but
like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda
and his worst inclinations."

The explosive admission detailed in the column, if true, would be
historically unprecedented: someone described by the paper as a
confirmed "senior official in the Trump administration" openly
admitting to the American public that there is a coordinated effort
afoot to sabotage the prerogatives—horrible and offensive as they
might be—of the democratically-elected president they have been
hired or appointed to serve.

The individual behind the op-ed is clear that the efforts of those
opposing the president "is not the popular 'resistance' of the left,"
but rather right-wing operatives concerned that  Trump's
"amorality"—as they alone define it—is a threat to their perceived
notions of what good governance should be.

In response to its publication, Trump called the person responsible
"gutless" and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders in a
statement called on the author to quit immediately.

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than
support, the duly elected President of the United States," she said in
a statement. "He is not putting country first, but putting himself and
his ego ahead of the will of the American people." She added, "This
coward should do the right thing and resign."

Later, in a tweet
[https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1037485664433070080],
Trump called on the _Times_, citing "National Security purposes", to
"turn him/her over to government at once."

But while some on the progressive left were championing the anonymous
author [https://twitter.com/NormEisen/status/1037437328443232256] for
taking a brave stance against an "unhinged" president (or the "mad
king [https://twitter.com/danpfeiffer/status/1037440555188277248]"),
others expressed deep concern about the implications of the op-ed.

In his assessment—in which he called the irony of the op-ed "glaring
and massive" and also described the author as a "coward"—journalist
Glenn Greenwald pointed out that while "Trump may be a threat" in his
own right, "so is this covert coup" that seeks to impose its "own
ideology with zero democratic accountability, mandate or
transparency."

Progressive journalist and media critic Reed F. Richardson agreed with
Greenwald's sentiments and concerns, writing
[https://twitter.com/reedfrich/status/1037365685721022464] on
Twitter, "Proponents of healthy, civilian-rule democracy should not be
encouraging or celebrating secret, independent military
insubordination as a response to reckless/illegal executive overreach.
It sets a precedent that is ripe for abuse."

However, another left-leaning journalist, Jordan Chariton, put it
this way
[https://twitter.com/JordanChariton/status/1037432804110413827]: "If
senior officials feel the country is in peril, they need to put their
name to it and invoke the 25th amendment... [the _Times_] allowing a
senior official to do anonymous op-ed (may not even work in actual
White House) is essentially gossip."

And finally, as political activist and writer Ben Spielberg explained
[https://twitter.com/BenSpielberg/status/1037434872850132992] about
why so-called "Never Trump" Republicans—like the author of the op-ed
appears to be— should simply not to be trusted. "An enemy of your
enemy is not always your friend," warned Spielberg. "This is something
everyone who considers themselves part of the #Resistance would do
well to remember."

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