From that notorious anonymous op ed in the NYT
The dilemma — which [Trump] does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
Wait a minute. That part about working to frustrate parts of an elected leader’s agenda sounds like democratic sabotage. It’s the opposite, Anonymous says, without noting the irony
That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
Well then, which parts of said agenda are you thwarting? Are they anti-democratic or unconstitutional? Is there a secret agenda you’re derailing? What are these extraordinary crimes for which you’re exercising this extraordinary subversion? Because they are the only justification for what you just said you’re doing, or for writing this.
Otherwise this is treason.
For all the hyperbole, the various charges against Trump–that he’s an autocrat, literally Hitler, enemy of the press–are based entirely on things he’s said. Nothing he’s done, nothing he proposes to do, has been unconstitutional or, for that matter, irrational or extreme.
The ill-informed mobs that turn out to protest certainly don’t understand this, and it’s not clear the respectable Resistance, for all its condescension, understands.
The nation was convulsed with Pussy Hat protests over Trump’s flippant remarks on tape from years prior. He’s been deemed the worst thing to happen to women since…ever.
Sure, his Supreme Court picks are NARAL’s nightmare, but could have been expected from any conservative Republican, and coming from Jeb would not have had such unfortunate side effects as The Handmaid’s Tale on HBO. The left continues to predicate much of its legitimacy on abortion rights, so their theatrics are understandable as desperate political strategy, but the idea Trump represents a unique threat to women is delusional.
His supposed hostility and threat to a free press, the “autocrat” charge, is leveraged from his bluster in exchanges with a press that had abandoned any pretense of objectivity toward him.
As a genuine populist leader–from the elite point of view demagogue–Trump called out a corrupt press; for shilling for Hillary, for gaslighting the public on immigration, trade, war. A press that pushes the social media companies, already complicit, to silence dissidents. But it isn’t that the press is an ass: Trump has done nothing but use the bully pulpit with extraordinary effect.
Of course Anonymous and the NYT have gone to great lengths here; certainly we’ll hear, finally, about Trump’s secret plan to kill democracy and decency
The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
That’s it. Trump is not on board with the platitudes.
John Nolte in Breitbart:
Even if everything Woodward’s anonymous sources say is true… So what?
Even if everything the New York Times narcissist says is true… So what?
Look at what these failures and liars and grifters are trying to con you with… Because it has nothing to do with illegality, nothing to do with substance, and everything to do with style.
The corrupt establishment is colluding to head fake America into freaking out over Trump’s style while Trump delivers and delivers and delivers on the substance, on things that actually matter.
Trump has an erratic management style. So what? I’m supposed to care he burns people out, dresses them down, demands they do crazy stuff like at long last win one of these endless neocon wars?
The elite has escalated the war again, seeking to manufacture a constitutional crisis out of tweets and hysteria.