I wonder if a major publishing house would give me a book deal if I pitched a book where I, writing anonymously, described how water is wet, the sky is blue and Donald Trump is a cruel idiot. Probably not. But someone did get that book deal. A Warning by Anonymous will be released soon, and the Washington Post has an early excerpt:
Senior Trump administration officials considered resigning en masse last year in a “midnight self-massacre” to sound a public alarm about President Trump’s conduct, but rejected the idea because they believed it would further destabilize an already teetering government, according to a new book by an unnamed author.
In “A Warning” by Anonymous, obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its release, a writer described only as “a senior official in the Trump administration” paints a chilling portrait of the president as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation he was elected to lead.
The author — who first captured attention in 2018 as the unidentified author of a New York Times opinion column — describes Trump careening from one self-inflicted crisis to the next, “like a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport.”
The book is an unsparing character study of Trump, from his morality to his intellectual depth, which the author writes is based on his or her observations and experiences. The author claims many other current and former administration officials share his or her views. The 259-page book — which was published by Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, and goes on sale Nov. 19 — does not re-create many specific episodes in vivid detail, which the author writes was intentional to protect his or her identity.
“I have decided to publish this anonymously because this debate is not about me,” the author writes. “It is about us. It is about how we want the presidency to reflect our country, and that is where the discussion should center. Some will call this ‘cowardice.’ My feelings are not hurt by the accusation. Nor am I unprepared to attach my name to criticism of President Trump. I may do so, in due course.”
I don’t really give a sh-t about this dude’s need for anonymity. Unlike the whistleblower on the Ukrainian call, there’s no evidence that Mr. Anonymous is actually doing work to thwart Donald Trump and Trump’s true-believer Nazi minions like Stephen Miller. Mr. Anonymous is just publicly stating sh-t we already know. I get that senior staffers are concerned about how sh-tty it could get if they weren’t there to say “no” to Trump sometimes. But I hope to God all of those motherf–kers are lining up to spill all the treason tea during the public impeachment hearings.
"Your client, the President of the U.S., is engaging in rhetoric and activity that places my client and their family in physical danger." https://t.co/hVFdohsFvw
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 8, 2019
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