READ: Dan Bloom Posts Theory That Mike Pence Is the Anonymous Author of New York Times OpEd


The New York Times published an opinion piece on September 5, written by an anonymous source from within the Trump administration. While The New York Times knows the writer’s identity, in case anyone worries the person is not really a “senior administration official” like the OpEd claims, others can only speculate.

The piece is titled and subtitled:

“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration: I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

Dan Bloom is among the many who—after reading The Times OpEd—tried to discern the author. Bloom—an audio producer for Panoply podcasts for the Slate group—shared his theory on Twitter Wednesday.

His best guess? Vice President Mike Pence.

In his Twitter thread, Bloom outlined why he thinks Pence is the mystery writer behind the provocative piece. And it all came down to a single word.

Lodestar means “a star that is used to guide the course of a ship, especially Polaris.” Bloom points out the rarity of the word’s use in common speech.

But he still checked to see if other likely suspects used the word.

Mike Pence’s name comes up when Bloom looks for the word online in relation to White House senior officials. More than once.

Like clockwork, in two month intervals.

Bloom then found examples of Pence using the obscure term prior to becoming Vice President, like back in 2011.

And thus…

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