An anonymous New York Times op-ed from a senior Trump administration official describes a “quiet resistance” working to undermine the president. The author’s remarks hint at a constitutional crisis in Trump’s America. We explain that crisis.
With the publication of an anonymous editorial brutally criticizing President Donald Trump, The New York Times set off a guessing game not only about who the author might be, but also why the storied newspaper would provide a platform for an unnamed source.
In the op-ed, the author, identified as "a senior official in the Trump administration," details concerns about how "the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic."
Anonymous sources are commonly used in news stories, especially in national and international political reporting, but only after careful consideration. It's a rare occurrence when an editorial is published anonymously.
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