I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

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"I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" is an anonymous essay published by The New York Times on September 5, 2018. The author was said to be a senior official working for the Donald Trump administration. In October 2020, the author was revealed to be Miles Taylor, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2019.

About[change | change source]

The op-ed criticizes Trump and says that many current members of the administration ignore his suggestions for good reasons and for the good of the country. It also says that some cabinet members in the early days of the administration discussed using the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution as a way to remove the president from power.

Identity[change | change source]

The New York Times editorial board said that it knows the author's identity but granted the person anonymity to protect them from removal and public blacklash.[1][2] The publication of this editorial was unusual because the Times does not often publish anonymously written pieces.[3]

In October 2020, Miles Taylor was revealed to be the author.[4][5]

Reaction[change | change source]

Trump reacted in private with what was described as "volcanic" anger.[6] On Twitter he said the author was "failing" and "probably here for all the wrong reasons". He also questioned whether the aide was another "phony source" invented by the "failing New York Times". Trump tweeted: "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"[7] He later tweeted: "TREASON?"

References[change | change source]

  1. "How the Anonymous Op-Ed Came to Be". The New York Times. September 8, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  2. Rascoe, Ayesha (September 5, 2018). "White House Rejects NYT Column Attributed to Anonymous Official That Criticizes Trump". NPR. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. Diamond, Jeremy; Sullivan, Kate (September 5, 2018). "Trump slams damning New York Times op-ed as 'gutless'". CNN. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. Taylor, Miles (Oct 28, 2020). "A Statement". Medium. Retrieved Oct 28, 2020.
  5. CNN, Jake Tapper and Jeremy Herb. "Author of 2018 'Anonymous' op-ed critical of Trump revealed". CNN. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  6. "On the hunt for a betrayer, a 'volcanic' Trump lashes out". NBC News. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  7. Hayes, Christal (September 5, 2018). "Whodunit? Social media users search for anonymous Trump official who penned scathing NYT essay". USA Today. Retrieved September 5, 2018.