Fox News host Tucker Carlson began his show Wednesday night with the claim that he had a “pretty good idea who wrote” the controversial anonymous New York Times op-ed and added that representatives from his show had called the White House for comment.
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Earlier in the day, The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed that was allegedly written by a “senior official in the Trump administration.”
According to the op-ed’s anonymous author, “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment,” against President Trump because of the “instability” many witnessed.
“We think we’ve got a pretty good idea who wrote this piece. We’ve called the White House for comment on it tonight. But until we confirm the identity, of course, we’re not going to accuse anybody in public,” Carlson said.
The Daily Wire reports,
Carlson then went on to highlight some of the claims in the piece, including the description of Trump as an “unpredictable and mercurial boss who is light on policy detail and given to say outlandish things,” as Carlson put it. This description, said the host, is “true.” In fact, one of the notable aspects of Trump appears to be that his behavior in public is the same as his behavior behind closed doors. That people are somehow surprised to learn this fact, suggested Carlson, is what’s truly surprising. “He’s governing exactly as you would imagine he would,” he said.
“Trump’s attempts to do what he promised to do on the campaign are not a travesty, they are a sign the system is working as designed,” said Carlson.
Trump and the White House have come out firing in response to the anonymous NYT op-ed.
“This is a new low for the so-called ‘paper of record,’ and it should issue an apology, just as it did after the election for its disastrous coverage of the Trump campaign,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement Wednesday. She also blasted the anonymous author. “The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly-elected President of the United States. He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign.”
After tweeting “TREASON?” Trump also unloaded on the “gutless” editorial. “We have somebody in what I call the failing New York Times talking about he’s part of the resistance within the Trump administration,” Trump said. “This is what we have to deal with.”