Administration Sources: Creepy Tweet Was a Coded Message to General McMaster About Leakers
A story fantastically strange, dancing between lowbrow and stupid, and it matters: this masterwork of a news item belongs in a time capsule, one day making the case to our descendants that we were, at least, blessed to live in interesting times.
Because this sort of thing happens in 2017, an alt-right crank who hasn't won anyone's trust beyond that of his loyal travelers seems to have become the white-whale obsession of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
Also, a multi-national public relations campaign which occupied much of August -- a campaign seemingly intended to repair General McMaster's reputation with the President of the United States, to sully the reputation of Trump loyalists whom McMaster had removed from the National Security Council, and to drive out Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, all in one shot -- may have been unintentionally destroyed by said alt-Right crank tweeting the words ...
Mike Cernovich posted this tweet on August 11. To an objective observer, that's inscrutable nonsense. And -- also objectively -- it's creepy.
But when considered with its actual context, and pivotally, its timing, that rational observer should be driven to conclude that, ahem, the "McMaster what's your spirit animal" tweet is a political thunderbolt with ramifications much beyond what Cernovich appears to have intended.
Sources within the Trump Administration claim that the "spirit animal" tweet is a reference to a small meeting that McMaster and select others within the National Security Council held in the days prior to August 11.
At that meeting, attendees reportedly joked about each other’s "spirit animals." Indeed, as of this writing, I can neither confirm nor deny that a prominent member of the NSC is imbued with the soul of a platypus.
Since August 11, Cernovich has offered other information that also points to him having sourcing within the NSC. However, the “spirit animal” tweet reportedly represented a more concerning breach. Yet even so, the breach itself is of less evident concern to McMaster and his supporters than is the fact of its August 11 publication.
Because if Cernovich still had a source leaking to him on that date or in the days immediately prior, then the tweet necessarily deconstructs much of the past month’s administration-orchestrated media defense of General McMaster’s personnel decisions.
In early August, General McMaster came under enormous pressure -- spearheaded by the Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick and the Zionist Organization of America’s Morton Klein -- for having seemingly purged the NSC of all members who aligned with candidate Trump’s Mideast policy. “Radical Islamic terror” and the destruction of the Iran nuclear deal was out; the continuance of Obama-era policies behind the “Arab Spring” catastrophe had apparently returned.