"Anonymous" author pledges to reveal identity

by John Wesley Reid · Nov 27th, 2019 1:52 pm

The anonymous White House insider who wrote a scathing anti-Trump New York Times op-ed published in September 2018 as well as the new book "A Warning" said he or she may reveal their identity soon.

The secret author, identified only as "A senior Trump Administration official," said in a Reddit "ask me anything" thread,

"Donald Trump has not heard the last of me. As far as anonymity is concerned, I will not keep my identity shrouded in secrecy forever. I am not afraid to use my own name to express concern about the current occupant of the Oval Office."

The moderators of the AMA wrote in a post that they could not "verify by our usual standards" that the poster is the anonymous author, but "the publishers of his book assure us it's the same guy and we have no reason not to believe them."

Regarding criticism over his or her's present anonymity, the author wrote,

"...anonymity has a long tradition in American politics, as far back as the birth of our Republic. When debating whether or not to ratify the new Constitution, for instance, the Founding Fathers wrote public essays about the controversial subject and disguised their names under pseudonyms. They hid their identities, not because they were scared to debate the issue openly, but because they wanted the public to focus on the message and not the messenger. They didn't want their personal involvement to be a distraction. I'm not Alexander Hamilton or James Madison by any stretch, but I don't believe they were cowards for using anonymity as a tool to refocus the debate."


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