Democrat Tells Anonymous Trump Resistance Writer: Come Out of the Shadows, Your Plan Didn't Work

An anonymous op-ed writer for The New York Times who claimed he was part of a defiant resistance attempting to keep President Donald Trump in check should "come out of the shadows" because his plan hasn't worked, according to Democrat Gregory W. Meeks.

In an op-ed penned a year after the anonymous article made waves on Capitol Hill, Meeks writes for The Washington Post that it is time those in the administration who count themselves as the "steady state" should know that it is "foolhardy" to try to "tame" Trump.

"There is no telling whether you, the author of the anonymous op-ed, are still in the administration," Meeks wrote in his op-ed, published Monday.

"It may well be that you're among the many who've been pushed out or left willingly under this administration's historic rate of personnel turnover. Regardless, last year you wrote that 'many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office.'

"That strategy is clearly no longer working—if it ever did."

Meeks' piece for the Post comes following a dramatic week in politics that saw House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announce an impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations by a whistleblower that he had asked Ukrainain President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potential political rival Joe Biden, currently the frontrunner in the Democratic race.

Indeed, Meeks suggest the country needs more whistleblowers, rather than people working behind the scenes in an attempt to water down Trump administration policies that they consider unpalatable.

"Those of you who are still there, it is time to come out of the shadows. Our nation does not need covert agents of democracy. It needs intrepid whistleblowers willing to step forward and defend the institutions this president has dragged into the dirt with him," Meeks added.

The author of the original op-ed was not outed at the time of writing, although there was considerable speculation as to who the senior official was, while Trump himself pushed back on the comments made in the article, tweeting at the time: "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"