In the wake of the damning piece by an ‘anonymous Trump official’, the internet believes that the author might be the VP, Mike Pence.
This morning, an anonymous senior Trump official wrote a piece in The New York Times claiming that his cabinet considered removing him from office on the grounds of mental concerns. In the piece, he or she or it writes:
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… The erratic behaviour would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
Obviously, we all want to know one thing: Who was this anonymous author?
Well, word nerds quickly came up with a theory, owing to a particular essay that featured a word only used regularly by one other top member of the administration. The word is “lodestar”, and the user is vice president Mike Pence.
Twitter quickly dissected Pence’s history with the word:
A few questions that folks have raised: 1) What about Pence’s speechwriter? Stephen Ford has been with Pence since 2017. The earliest Pence usage of #lodestar we have so far is 2001, found by @prufrock451 along with a bunch of other instances: https://t.co/mfFWzz2f85
— Dan downLODESTAR Bloom (@danbl00m) 5 September 2018