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An Anonymous Senior White House Official Feels “Sick” Over Donald Trump’s Photo Op. Cue the Tiny Violins.

Donald Trump walks past graffiti back to the White House escorted by the Secret Service

Following Donald Trump’s monstrous photo op Monday, one senior White House official has somehow mustered up the courage to say that they think getting the police to tear gas and otherwise attack a crowd of nonviolent protesters in order to let Trump speak and awkwardly hold a Bible in front of a church he doesn’t attend is bad actually. No, they’re not resigning and no, they wouldn’t put their name to their statement but they want everyone to know they feel bad, even if they won’t say who they are. Such bravery.

“I’ve never been more ashamed,” that senior official told Axios. “I’m really honestly disgusted. I’m sick to my stomach. And they’re all celebrating it. They’re very very proud of themselves.”

This isn’t the first time an anonymous senior official has tried to convince the public how good and noble they are, despite actively working every day to support Trump. They’ve been doing it for years. Remember back in 2018, when the New York Times ran an op-ed from an anonymous source claiming to be “part of the resistance inside the Trump administration”?

“I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” that person wrote in September of 2018. How’s that been going, I wonder. It sure seems like Trump’s worst inclinations have been made manifest anyway.

So no one has any patience for this anonymous “woe is me” nonsense.

This person and the rest of the self-designated internal “resistance” group (if there are any left, given Trump’s nonstop turnover rate) are trying to play both sides, keeping their jobs while also appeasing their consciences, plus making sure they’re hireable after Trump leaves office, which they shouldn’t be. They should be ashamed and sick to their stomachs and they shouldn’t be allowed to reenter regular political life after this.

(via Axios, image: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.