In what can only be described as yet another episode of insanity, a "senior official in the Trump administration" has taken anonymously to the New York Times opinion pages to declare the sitting president unfit for office in an assortment of different ways—while defending the staff decision to hide this from the public so as to best pursue conservative policies.
The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making. [...]
Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back. [...]
Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.
The unnamed official asserts that Trump is so unstable that his staff must work against him to thwart his more insane and anti-American decisions. The justification for abiding this incredibly dangerous situation that may break out into world crisis on any given afternoon: "bright spots" consisting of "effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more."
The administration official writing this clearly wishes to be portrayed, alongside other staff members, as a hero. Instead, this paints them as a traitor, willing to risk the well-being of the nation rather than standing up to remove a president that numerous members of his staff have, according to this person, identified "early" as incapable, unstable, and dangerous, for the sake of partisan gain.
Trump will no doubt work tirelessly to see that the writer of this letter is exposed. And they should be, because anonymously pretending at heroism while acting against the best interests of the nation, all so that a few more partisan decisions can be hurriedly shoved through the mechanisms of government, is not the stuff of heroism. It is a person who has sold out their country in order to most efficiently pursue that partisan agenda, and damn the risk to the rest of us. The nation did not elect an unnamed, anonymous gathering of staffers to thwart an "unstable," "reckless," and unfit leader. That is not how our nation was ever intended to work. There is no constitutional mechanism for "keep the unstable, amoral, impulsive lunatic in charge, but hide papers from him and ignore his orders if necessary in an attempt to limit the damage."
By all means, may we soon learn the identity of the senior Trump official who is willing to stoop this low and still demand they be treated as press and public hero for doing it.