It’s been twenty-four hours since an unidentified senior member of Donald Trump’s White House published an op-ed exposing him as dangerously mentally incompetent, and revealed that the cabinet has considered invoking the 25th Amendment against him. Various members of the administration have come forward to insist they didn’t write it, but the author’s identity is still unknown. Trump has been taking the news rather poorly. So has one other member of his administration in particular.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is more than a bit angry, or wants us to think she’s more than a bit angry, that this op-ed was published. She posted this bizarre rant on Twitter: “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.” She then urged people to call the New York Times and demand to know the identity of the “gutless loser” who wrote it.
Strangely, the message posted by Huckabee Sanders ends by saying “We stand united” with Trump, but she doesn’t say who “we” might be. What stands out most here is just how thoroughly Trumpian she sounds, particularly with the use of phrases like “gutless loser” and “anonymous coward,” just hours after Donald Trump posted his own rant about the “GUTLESS anonymous person.” Is she trying to sound just like Trump? Did Trump write her statement?
In any case, Donald Trump has now become fully boxed in by this letter. He still has no way of determining which of his own top White House people wrote it, meaning he can’t trust anyone around him. Meanwhile we consider it rather odd that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the one Trump person going overboard to condemn the op-ed, has been widely reported to be on her way out of the White House. Is she protesting too much?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report