Internet sleuths just found a clue pointing to Pence as today’s anonymous NYT Op-Ed writer


Earlier today, The New York Times published a bombshell Op-Ed from a senior official in the Trump administration in which the unknown person gives a disturbing account of a White House in complete disarray run by an absurdly incompetent president.

The writer claims that Trump’s aides are essentially running his presidency for him, steering him away from policies they don’t like or withholding information from him if they anticipate it will lead to an undesirable result. It admits to the existence of a de facto shadow government in charge of the country.

“The dilemma — which he 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,” the piece states.

The internet immediately erupted in speculation, as curious minds combed through the Op-Ed for some hint as to the mystery’s rights identity.

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Twitter user @danbl00m seems to have landed on the most compelling possibility so far. He points out that the anonymous writer could be Vice President Mike Pence. The editorial uses the uncommon words “lodestar” which Dan Bloom points out is one of Pence’s favorite words. It pops up in numerous of his public speeches. Bloom penned a rundown of his theory.


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Buzzfeed’s David Mack shared a helpful compilation of Pence repeatedly using the idiosyncratic word “lodestar.” While it’s certainly not conclusive, it’s a suspicious coincidence. Perhaps Pence is laying the groundwork to distance himself from Trump and stake his own claim to the presidency.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.