As Twitchy reported, the all-important Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings actually got put on the back burner this week after The New York Times took the unprecedented step of publishing an anonymous op-ed from someone claiming to be “the resistance” working inside the White House to save President Trump from himself and scuttle the problematic components of his agenda.
There was a lot of speculation on who this unnamed “senior official” was, ranging from Vice President Mike Pence to the White House chef, and some even thought it was U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Haley responded in an op-ed in The Washington Post criticizing the anonymous writer and arguing that when she has a difference of opinion with the president, she confronts him directly.
This Nikki Haley op-ed absolutely tears the NeverTrump resistance and its "anonymous op-ed" up. I can see why they were so upset with her for showing their childishness, disloyalty and unaccountability to the people. https://t.co/9KDDfD50Gk
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 8, 2018
Here’s where it gets weird: The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol the whole thing is planned:
All according to plan. Anonymous gives Nikki a chance to “defend” the president while making clear she’s differed with and challenged him. So when Nikki runs against him in 2020, she can tell credulous Trump supporters she tried to support him and isn’t a dishonorable turncoat. https://t.co/3GHP0s9sa5
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 8, 2018
So what Kristol is suggesting is that “anonymous” purposefully set up Haley, knowing she’d respond the way she did? Or was the nameless writer working behind the scenes with Haley to boost her presidential bid in 2020? Or is Kristol just full of it?
Thank you, Colonel Mustard.
— Marc Kustin (@MarcGitar1) September 8, 2018
— Joe Cerami (@josephrcerami) September 8, 2018
— Austin Ruse (@austinruse) September 8, 2018
— Mark Jager (@MarkJager5) September 8, 2018
You're totally delusional
— Ken Blair (@kenblair75) September 8, 2018
— Heather Robinson (@HE_Robinson) September 8, 2018
Wait a minute: Is your tweet meant to support Nikki Haley, oppose her or is it some kind of inscrutable satire (of which, admittedly I'm guilty of sometimes?)
— LaResistenciaMN (@ResisteMN) September 8, 2018
wow….what a scenario….little far fetched, but amusing
— Michael Lea (@mikeyme56) September 8, 2018
Grow up. She was being honest.
— ivehadit (@ivehadit6) September 8, 2018
Let's make what she did sound devious. Meanwhile, people cheering on the grandstanding Booker/Harris for advancing their own personal plans. https://t.co/6hBvLuGmTi
— Carl Gustav, President of Whataboutism, Inc. (@CaptYonah) September 8, 2018
You're pathetic dude. Seriously.
— Keith Burton (@bbeekk321) September 8, 2018
You’re a sad moron Bill.
— J Mo (@texoradogarden) September 8, 2018
Already working to undermine any GOP candidate in 2020–already?
— mallen (@mallen2010) September 8, 2018
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 9, 2018