Trump fails to say ‘anonymous’ during attack on New York Times op-ed

Trump fails twice in attempt to say ‘anonymous’ during scathing attack on New York Times op-ed

Trump fails twice in attempt to say ‘anonymous’ during scathing attack on New York Times op-ed

  • Trump boasted about his first year in office driving his Democratic opponents and his critics ‘crazy’ at a Montana rally
  • He then turned to their ‘latest act of resistance’
  • ‘The op-ed, published in the failing New York Times by an ‘amanomanous,’ he said, stopping himself before taking another attempt
  •  ‘An… ominous… gutless, coward,’ he said
  • Trump’s critics were quick to mock the slip up with some even questioning if the struggle to pronounce it could be a sign of dementia
  • President Trump said identifying the anonymous author who wrote the The New York Times op-ed was a matter of ‘national security’ on Friday 

A furious President Donald Trump went on a rant about the anonymous source who wrote the New York Times op-ed during a Montana rally on Thursday.

At least he tried to, but it was a little difficult to understand thanks to his bizarre pronunciation of the word ‘anonymous.’

Trump was explaining how his first year and a half in office were driving his Democratic opponents and his critics ‘crazy’, when he turned to the ‘latest act of resistance’.

‘The op-ed, published in the failing New York Times by an ‘amanomanous’.’

On Thursday, Trump blasted the ‘anonymous gutless coward’ behind the essay, verbally hiccuping on the word ‘anonymous’ and twice mangling the pronunciation during his speech in Billings, Montana 

He stopped and decided to take another run at the run at the tricky word.

‘An… ominous… gutless, coward.’

‘Nobody knows who the hell he is, or she, although they put he, but probably that’s a little disguised. That means it’s she,’ he said, speculating about the identity of the top Trump aide. 

His statement appears to reveal that the White House isn’t any wiser about the identity of the source who wrote the op-ed piece this week.

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But he slammed the move as an act of ‘treason’. 

‘The Times should never have done that because really what they’ve done is virtually, you know, it’s treason. You could call it a lot of things,’ the president said in Billings, Montana.

Trump was being interviewed by Fox News Channel co-host Pete Hegseth in one corner of the Rimrock Auto Arena, with a live audience of more than 10,000 people.

Trump repeated a challenge he had already issued to the Times on Twitter, demanding the paper’s nameless author’s head on a platter.

‘For the sake of our national security, The New York Times should publish his name at once. I think their reporters should go and investigate who it is. That would actually be a good scoop. That would be a good scoop!’ he said.

‘At some point this whole thing is going to be exposed,’ Trump predicted, as he warned about ‘unelected deep-state operatives’ who have tried to take his government into their own hands in a soft coup.

‘And it’s really bad and it’s really dangerous,’ he said. ‘And it’s really sad for the media.’

Trump’s critics were quick to mock the slip up.

‘Donald Trump loves to give people nicknames. ‘B***h,D say Anonymous. You can’t even give coherent speech,’ wrote one critic. 

President Trump said identifying the anonymous author who wrote the The New York Times op-ed was a matter of ‘national security’ on Friday

Another tweet joked: ‘What if Anonymous wrote that piece because he knows Trump can’t say anonymous?’

Others raised concerns that the fact Trump couldn’t pronounce the word could be a sign of dementia. 

Trump said on Friday that he’s called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the Times after the op-ed. 

Trump also said he was considering taking action against the Times, whose shares moved briefly lower after his comments were made public.

‘We´re going to see. I´m looking at that right now,’ Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ‘should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it’s national security.’

The Times issued a statement saying it was confident the Justice Department ‘would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power.’

‘The President’s threats both underscore why we must safeguard the identity of the writer of this op-ed and serve as a reminder of the importance of a free and independent press to American democracy.’

Trump did not indicate what sort of action he was considering against the Times and it was unclear what legal grounds he could act on.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said the department does not confirm or deny investigations. The Times could not be immediately reached for comment.

Practically Trump’s entire cabinet including these famous faces – and the first lady – have all declared they’re not responsible for the mysterious op-ed

A number of top Trump advisers have disavowed the piece, which was published on Wednesday without a name in what the Times said was a rare but necessary move to protect the writer.

In the column, the writer slammed Trump’s ‘amorality’ and leadership style. The official said there were a number of U.S. officials who were part of an ‘quiet resistance’ inside the administration who was ‘working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.’

Trump regularly attacks the media for focusing on negative news about his administration and decries what he perceives as ‘fakes news.’ He repeated on Air Force One that he believes libel laws should be strengthened.

Trump had threatened to sue the Times when he was running for president in October 2016 because of its story about allegations of sexual assault against women. The Times stood by its story and dismissed a Trump attorney’s demand for an apology and retraction. No suit was filed.

Earlier this week the Justice Department said is set a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss concerns social media platforms are stifling conservative voices.   


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