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Did Jon Huntsman Write NYT’s Op-Ed Blasting Donald Trump?

September 8, 2018


Huntsman is an obvious suspect for several reasons. The article’s themes are classic Huntsman: effusive about conservative policies, blunt about low character. In 2016, he made the same points for and against Trump. The topic that gets the most space and detail in the piece is Huntsman’s current area, Russia. (As Slate’s Fred Kaplan points out, Trump has been circumventing and undermining Huntsman.) The prose, as in Huntsman’s speeches and interviews, is flamboyantly erudite. The tone, like Huntsman’s, is pious. And the article’s stated motive—“Americans should know that there are adults in the room”—matches a letter that Huntsman wrote to the Salt Lake Tribune in July. In the letter, Huntsman, responding to a columnist who thought the ambassador should resign rather than keep working for Trump, explained that public servants such as himself were dutifully attending to the nation’s business.

  1. September 8, 2018 10:50 PM

    LOL! I think it was someone from a military or diplomatic background based on the tone of the article. I have no idea who wrote it. It took decades for Deep Throat to be made known—-so maybe we are in for a wait. Have a nice weekend in Alaska. Heard there were some nice light shows recently due to sun activity.

  2. September 8, 2018 10:13 PM

    Did YOU write the Op-ED?

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