I strongly believe The New York Times piece written by an anonymous “senior official in the Trump administration” was a plant/stunt by the administration for its own gain. Hear me out.
An enormous part of my many jobs is to figure out why people do the things they do. But I can’t think of a single reason why a senior official would feel the need to tell the liberal American public (he wrote this piece for the Times op-ed section, not Breitbart) that the president already has checks and balances within his own administration, except that if enough people feel these actions are sufficient, they might not show up on Election Day to vote for *real* checks and balances.
Give me another theory – I’d genuinely like to hear it. And if this article had been written at the start of Trump’s term, I would be more inclined to believe it. But considering that this article was written just weeks before the midterms, and the audience it was addressed to, and the fact that there is no actionable information to be gained from it (in fact quite the opposite – if these officials really are stifling Trump’s worst impulses, they’ve just broadcast their methods to him which will put him and his more loyal cronies on high alert for such tactics), I think it’s highly likely that this op-ed is intended to induce a false sense of security and suppress voter turnout.
Will it work? Well, it won’t stop people who are truly dedicated to the Resistance. But for people who are on the fence looking for any excuse (conscious or unconscious) to not bother going to the polls? It could sure work on them. And as we learned from the last election, if you can just get even a few thousand people to stay home, it can make all the difference in the world.
Please don’t let that happen. Make sure you VOTE, and get every like-minded person you know – patriots who wish to see this administration held accountable for its repulsive actions and probable crimes by means that were established in our constitution – and make them promise to vote as well. We cannot yet heal the wound – but at the very least, we can stop some of the bleeding.