Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, has announced that he is “Anonymous,” the senior White House administration official who claimed to be part of a “resistance” working “from within” to thwart President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations.”
Taylor, an outspoken Trump critic, tweeted Wednesday that he wrote the 2018 op-ed in The New York Times and a subsequent book. Anonymous’ identity had been hidden until now.
Taylor writes in a statement six days before the election that he is a Republican and wanted Trump to succeed.
But he writes that, “too often in times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives.”
Taylor, who served as DHS chief of staff from 2017 to 2019, has already endorsed Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race and created a group for former administration officials who are now public critics of the president.
He has accused Trump of using DHS for “political benefit” by focusing on issues that would help his campaign at the expense of more pressing matters.
White House describes Miles Taylor as a ‘low-level’ operative of the ‘deep state’
A spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign says the revelation that Miles Taylor is “Anonymous” is the “least impressive, lamest political ‘reveal’ of all time.”
Miles Taylor, a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, revealed himself Wednesday to be the senior White House administration official known as “Anonymous” who wrote a scathing New York Times op-ed about Trump and a subsequent book, “A Warning.” As “Anonymous,” he claimed to be part of a “resistance” working “from within” to thwart Trump’s “worst inclinations.”
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows wrote on Twitter that the reveal was unimpressive.
The NY Times also wrote that “former Homeland Security official, Miles Taylor, [revealed] himself as ‘anonymous.’”
Taylor publicly endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a video funded by Republican Voters Against Trump in August. According to CNN’s coverage of his revelation, Taylor joined CNN in September.
But in August, Taylor denied to CNN that he was the author of the anonymous article. “I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So, no,” he told the network in response to a question about whether he was the author of the piece.
Taylor, while still anonymous, came under fire earlier this year when his book was announced and critics questioned why he insisted on staying anonymous while other government officials went on the record to testify during the impeachment inquiry against Trump in 2019.
Trump says Miles Taylor ‘should be prosecuted’ after reveal as ‘Anonymous’ administration critic
President Donald Trump says a former administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” was a “sleazebag.”
Speaking at a rally in Goodyear, Arizona, soon after the former administration official, Miles Taylor, acknowledged he was the writer, Trump dismissed the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security as “a nobody, a disgruntled employee.”
In fact, Taylor was present at many White House meetings with Trump covering border policy and other major issues involving DHS.
Trump joked to the friendly crowd that he thought “Anonymous” might one of his senior advisers, naming Hope Hicks and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, or Republican Sens. Mike Lee or Rand Paul. The senators, close Trump allies, were on hand for Wednesday’s rally.
FNC’s Bream: Miles Taylor Revelation ‘Raises Questions’ about Anonymously Sourced Stories
On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News @ Night,” host Shannon Bream stated that the revelation that former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor was the anonymous Trump official who wrote a New York Times op-ed “raises questions” about the number of stories about the Trump administration that have been based on anonymous sources and “makes you wonder at what level these voices were and who they were.”
Bream said, “I think it raises questions for people who think about how many things have been published, based primarily, if not totally, on anonymous sources. And it makes you wonder at what level these voices were and who they were. So, this raises a lot of questions for people tonight, finding out about that.”