A couple weeks ago the New York Times published an op/ed from someone they claimed was a “senior White House official.” This piece was very critical of the President, claiming Trump is unhinged and unfit to run the country. Many have speculated who the anonymous author of this hit piece is, but leftist filmmaker Micheal Moore has the craziest conspiracy theory yet. He claims it was Trump himself who wrote the op/ed as a way to distract from all of the “horrible” things he is doing.
Michale Moore is promoting his latest film that he thinks will destroy the Trump presidency so naturally he needs to whip up some attention to avoid another dud. Show Biz 411 was on hand to capture this red carpet moment at the film’s NY premier:
Asked if he knew the identity of the anonymous New York Times op-ed leaker in Trump’s circle, Moore said: “No, but if you want me to make a wild guess, Trump wrote it or one of his minions wrote it…. He’s the master of distraction. He’s the King of the Misdirect. If we’ve ever known anything by now, it’s that he does things to get people to turn away and the line that is most identifiable in terms of what he wants the public to believe, the line that says, ‘don’t worry, adults are in the room.’ The idea is to get him to get us to calm down and look away from what he’s really doing.”
Interesting theory, except that what Trump’s doing is kicking ass. When the NYT op/ed came out, the news that was buried involved all the great things that are going on with the economy: job creation, historically low unemployment, record economic growth, etc… Why in the hell would Trump want to distract from that with news that someone in the White House thinks the President is a lunatic?
There’s also the problem with Trump having a huge ego and being a major self-promoter. He would never write an anonymous piece showing himself in a negative light. If he had written the NYT op/ed it would have been nothing but praise. It would have things like: “President Trump’s genius is only outweighed by his handsomeness. Best President ever, by far.”
The biggest problem however is, had Trump tried to pass this op/ed off to the NYT, they would have exposed him in a heartbeat. The NYT is essentially the anti-Trump Resistance propaganda arm and would like nothing better than to embarrass the president for trying such a stunt. In fact, I’m kind of surprised they didn’t just lie and say Trump was behind it all. They do have a track record of making up stories about Trump and his administration.
When the NYT op/ed originally came out, I speculated that either the NYT themselves wrote it or it was at least related to the release of Bob Woodward’s anti-Trump book. Both the NYT op/ed and Woodward’s book had very similar quotes from anonymous sources supposedly inside the White House. I think the NYT opinion piece was part of the promotion for Woodward’s book and nothing I have seen since has changed my mind.
But since we are dealing with outlandish conspiracy theories here, let me throw this out: Micheal Moore wrote the op/ed to help promote his destined-to-fail anti-Trump movie. The NYT would totally let Moore do this and the op/ed mimics many of Moore’s Trump talking points. I’ll have to go back and re-read the NYT’s op/ed and see if there’s any mention of eating Chicken McNuggets with a snow shovel. That would be a dead giveaway that Moore is behind it.