On Wednesday, the usually stalwart New York Times bucked its own editorial policy by allowing a senior Trump administration official to anonymously write a bombshell opinion editorial about President Trump.
In the op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," the senior administration official suggested President Trump was mentally unbalanced, and he/she vowed to "thwart" Trump's agenda from the inside.
Naturally, President Trump didn't take the news lightly.
He threatened to unleash the full fury of the Justice Department on "The Failing New York Times" and the unnamed admin official for violating national security.
"TREASON?" Trump tweeted late Wednesday.
"Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"
Monique Judge, a writer for urban blog The Root, called out the administration official for his or her "cowardly act" of writing the op-ed anonymously.
"First of all, you are not part of the “resistance” if you are hiding behind anonymity. The biggest tool the resistance has is its voice, and the louder the better," Ms. Judge wrote.
She acknowledged the senior admin official feared losing his/her job, but she wondered why they didn't go to Congress with what they know about Trump's alleged mental status.
"Why hasn’t this person gone to Congress with what they know, informing them that the president is unfit for office," she asked.
Judge was particularly annoyed by the fourth paragraph of the op-ed which states the anonymous official wants "the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.”
Trump issued a prediction about the liberal mainstream news media during a press conference at the White House late Wednesday.
"Someday when I'm not president -- which will be in about 6-and-a-half years from now -- the NY Times and CNN and all of these phony media outlets will be out of business folks!"
But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was more direct in her official response to The Times op-ed. She called for the senior admin official to step out of the shadows and resign.
The Failing New York Times! pic.twitter.com/SHsXvYKpBf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018