WASHINGTON - The New York Times' scathing anti-Donald Trump editorial, which the paper attributed to "a senior official in the Trump administration," has inspired a parlor game among people trying to figure out the author's name.
Some online commentators are leaning toward Vice President Mike Pence based on just one word in the piece.
The unidentified author singles out the late Arizona Sen. John McCain as "a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue."
The word ― which Merriam-Webster defines as either "a star that leads or guides" or a person who "serves as an inspiration, model, or guide" ― isn't that commonly used. But Pence apparently says it a lot, according to this mash-up posted on Twitter:
The "lodestar" hashtag is already trending on Twitter. While it might sound like a conspiracy theory, audio producer Dan Bloom explained in an interesting Twitter thread why he thinks the use of "lodestar" in the op-ed makes Pence a key suspect.