Sen. Warren says Trump may be unfit for office as hysteria over NYT op-ed reaches fever pitch
The opinion piece in question, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” was allegedly penned by an anonymous senior administration official. It claims that there is a group of “adults” who are working to subvert the president’s “amoral” decisions.
Warren said that if these allegations are true, the “resistance” inside the administration should use powers vested in the constitution, instead of submitting anonymous op-eds to the New York Times.
“If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren told CNN on Thursday. The senator was referring to a provision in the constitution which allows for the vice president to become president in the event of death, resignation, removal from office or impairment that prevents the current president from fulfilling his or her duties.
Warren’s comments come amid a flurry of speculation about the identity of the mysterious op-ed author.
The BBC combed over the text, noting that there were 19.3 words per sentence on average, and three uses of the passive tense, concluding that the text shares similarities with Vice-President Mike Pence’s curt, occasionally passive prose.
Pence, however, has denied penning the op-ed.
Based upon our statistical analysis of the language used in the New York Times anonymous Op Ed, the author is likely to be an older (58%), conservative (92%) male (66-87%). Sources should protect themselves by consulting "adverserial stylometry" and "forensic author profiling". pic.twitter.com/yfU22OveTq— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) 7 сентября 2018 г.
Old white guy. Mind. Blown. https://t.co/Mzn5RavLoA— Stephen Kinsella (@stephenkinsella) 7 сентября 2018 г.
A separate and equally thorough analysis conducted by WikiLeaks revealed that the author is “likely to be an older, conservative male” – a not-so-radical assertion that sparked a tsunami of snarky Twitter commentary.
An older conservative male. Got it. That sure narrows it down. https://t.co/s140iVvo0k— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) 7 сентября 2018 г.
However, most of the well-known elderly white gentleman in Trump’s administration have staunchly denied having anything to do with the salacious op-ed. Aside from Pence, there’s already a laundry list of white guys (and even a few white women) who have denied being the anonymous author, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Kirstjen M. Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security; John Bolton, the national security adviser; and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.
The secretaries of agriculture, commerce, education, energy, health and human service, housing and urban development, interior, labor, transportation and veterans affairs also have all disavowed the piece.
Even the heads of the CIA and FBI have joined in the chorus of denials.
The hunt for this presumably “old white guy” has apparently become desperate: Senator Rand Paul even recommended that the president force members of his administration to take polygraph tests.
Most DC journalists, incl. me, have quoted a "senior administration official" in stories. But I feel as though an op-ed like this should have an editor's note explaining what an SAO is. There are 1,212 Senate-confirmed positions, incl. 640 'key' jobs https://t.co/9WNva10ZOrhttps://t.co/CySe7znom1— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) 5 сентября 2018 г.
The hunt for the mystery wordsmith could take time, however: There are hundreds of government jobs that could be considered ‘senior level.’
In the meantime, the anonymous #Resistance will undoubtedly continue.