Trump Loyalists Fear White House 'Purge'

President Trump’s allies are increasingly concerned that they are underrepresented in his own White House, to the detriment of both the president and his party as the midterm elections approach.

“We’ve been purged,” said a former White House official. “That’s the bottom line. And the people who have stayed behind are not at all loyal to our president.”

All this has come under greater scrutiny after three specific events: the publication of Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump administration, implicitly anti-Trump remarks at the funeral of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the New York Times op-ed alleging “the Resistance” has representatives close to the White House, at the highest levels of the executive branch. But it has implications going forward as Republicans battle to maintain control of Congress.

“Since the op-ed was published anonymously and in the New York Times, Trump supporters will dismiss it without batting an eyelash,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “But what is truly despicable is that the author freely admits there is an active conspiracy within the administration to thwart the president and thus the will of the people.”

The White House denounced the author as “gutless,” challenging the Times to reveal them. “Given that the author is a ‘senior official,’ and could be any one of hundreds of people, his actions are not that of a hero but that of a coward hell-bent on doing irreparable harm to this country and the safeguards put into place to protect it,” O’Connell said. “Either come forward and make yourself known or resign your post immediately. Sniping from the cheap seats is the sign of the weak.”

Read more from Jim Antle at the Washington Examiner

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