Perhaps it was Stephanie Graham, Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman who was fired earlier this year.
Now that we know what @StephGrisham45 thinks of the oped, can we hear Melania's thoughts on the matter?
— Tony (@tonycalci) September 6, 2018
She didn't write that. 😂
— Jess Fedigan (@jj_fedigan) September 6, 2018
No way this was “her” response. Could we have just one day where the White House doesn’t bullshit us? Just one fucking day?
— Douglas Higgins (@DouglasHiggins8) September 6, 2018
Maybe it was written by “another anonymous source.”
This was written by………. another anonymous source
— Billy j Emerick (@Troy_Bill) September 6, 2018
Melania used the words “pillar” and “sabotaging”? Whoever wrote this should step out in to the light.
— Cynthia G. (@betterwchile) September 6, 2018
Glad I'm not alone in thinking these are not Flotus' words. From her office, sure but not directly from her.
— Beck (@BeckSE72) September 6, 2018
Others joked that it was Michelle Obama who wrote the statement.
I'd say Melania, but Michelle Obama never wrote a New York Times OpEd condemning Trump, so… #OpEdGUESS
— Amelia M. Christnot (@AChristnot) September 5, 2018
— Mitchell Alvardo (@AlvardoMitchell) September 6, 2018
-Michelle Obama, 2008
— Itchy Kitchy (@KitchyItchy) September 6, 2018
— ✨BlackZeus⚡️ (@TheRikoTun) September 6, 2018
Many people, however, are simply exasperated.
Overall RESPONSE ###NewYorkTimesOpEd to Melania Trump’s remarks on the NYTimes OpEd— “I DON’T REALLY CARE, DO U?
— Loretta Mossman (@Lorettm) September 6, 2018
We really don’t care! Do you?! #bebest
— SprinitOnEm (@SpringitonEm) September 6, 2018
I really don’t care, do you?
— Ali (@alioshin) September 6, 2018
— ماثيو (@WhiteMuslimJedi) September 6, 2018
So she is saying #BeBest?
— Softy38 (@Softy38) September 6, 2018
Anonymous sources are an essential tool for the free press and are relied upon for holding truth to power.