"I don't care if the bell rang. We are not going anywhere until I find out who did this."
I am picturing the White House staff sitting in the Oval Office, some of them standing because the room is so full of anxious faces. Eyes darting around from one to another, afraid to make contact, just in case something is given away.
"Who wrote this?" bellows the "President," as throats are nervously cleared and most are examining the carpet just a few inches from their feet. The paper copy of the New York Times Op-Ed page that was purchased as a prop specifically for this ritual humiliation is being pounded into the desk. "This is Treason!"
And still no one speaks. No one flinches. No Spartacus emerges from the masses. No one wants to take responsibility for the anonymous author of the guest editorial who described the "amorality" and "impetuous" leadership style currently on display. "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"
Okay. That last one was an actual tweet. The words and capitalization used by the "President" to holler not just at his staff but at the rest of the world in hopes that the fear and rage on display in equal heaping scoops would be enough to get the person who wrote the wholly unflattering piece for the New York Times would come cowering to the South Lawn, begging for forgiveness before being lashed to a pole and flogged.
Impetuous? Amoral? Well, in this moment it should be pointed out that even if the editorial was written in a drunken rage by a staff writer from the Times in the middle of the night, methinks the "President" protests too much. As a matter of fact, that seems to be what he is bets at, judging from the way his blood pressure spikes anytime anyone dares to speak out against the throne. Time will tell if any of this sticks, since somehow all of the impetuosity and amorality seems to be piling up somewhere, invisible to those who bought their red MAGA mind control caps back at the beginning and continue to show up at the rallies for an election that is now almost two full years in the past.
This post is not anonymous, by the way.