Trump carried around a list of suspected leakers: 'The snakes are everywhere'

If I lived in my own impenetrable volcano fortress on Skull Island, this would all be very amusing.

But I live in Donald Trump’s universe, and it suuuuucks.

It’s temping to say that this has gotten very Shakespearean, but this is Trump we’re talking about, and such lofty descriptors clearly don’t apply. Is there some other well-known play where, say, Carrot Top becomes king and gradually descends into crippling paranoia?

Hot on the heels of that stunning anonymous editorial in The New York Times yesterday comes this report from Axios:

For some time last year, Trump even carried with him a handwritten list of people suspected to be leakers undermining his agenda.

  • “He would basically be like, 'We’ve gotta get rid of them. The snakes are everywhere but we’re getting rid of them,'” said a source close to Trump.

Yeah, that’s comforting. Good to know that the guy with access to the nuclear codes thinks the world is out to get him.

Officials describe an increasingly conspiracy-minded president:

  • “When he was super frustrated about the leaks, he would rail about the 'snakes' in the White House,” said a source who has discussed administration leakers with the president.
  • “Especially early on, when we would be in Roosevelt Room meetings, he would sit down at the table, and get to talking, then turn around to see who was sitting along the walls behind him.”

And, of course, everyone Axios talked to thought the NYT editorial was on the nose:

The big picture: He should be paranoid. In the hours after the New York Times published the anonymous Op-Ed from “a senior official in the Trump administration” trashing the president (“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration”), two senior administration officials reached out to Axios to say the author stole the words right out of their mouths.

  • “I find the reaction to the NYT op-ed fascinating — that people seem so shocked that there is a resistance from the inside,” one senior official said. “A lot of us [were] wishing we’d been the writer, I suspect … I hope he [Trump] knows — maybe he does? — that there are dozens and dozens of us.”

Well, glad to know people inside the White House are looking out for us. But this is sort of like discovering a gas leak in your house and then just hoping like hell that no one ever lights a match.

The 25th Amendment exists for a reason. And that reason, it turns out, is Donald Trump.

For God’s sake, use it!


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