Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor admitted in a statement Wednesday that he is the “anonymous” writer of a 2018 op-ed for The New York Times that was severely critical of President Donald Trump.
In the op-ed, Taylor called Trump “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” and described himself as part of the “resistance” inside the Trump administration.
After leaving the administration in June 2019, Taylor went on to write the book “A Warning,” also anonymously, in which he portrays Trump as an “undisciplined” and “amoral” leader.
Shortly before the start of the Republican National Convention, Taylor, who insists he is still a Republican, released a video calling Trump unfit for office and endorsed Joe Biden for president.
In his lengthy statement Wednesday, Taylor explained the reasons behind his scathing op-ed against Trump.
“Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously. The decision wasn’t easy, I wrestled with it, and I understand why some people consider it questionable to levy such serious charges against a sitting President under the cover of anonymity,” he wrote.
He suggested one of the reasons he wrote the op-ed anonymously was to elicit a response from the president on important issues “rather than creating distractions through petty insults and name-calling.”
“I wanted the attention to be on the arguments themselves. At the time I asked, “What will he do when there is no person to attack, only an idea?” We got the answer. He became unhinged. And the ideas stood on their own two feet,” he argued.
“To be clear, writing those works was not about eminence (they were published without attribution), not about money (I declined a hefty monetary advance and pledged to donate the bulk of the proceeds), and not about crafting a score-settling “tell all” (my focus was on the President himself and his character, not denigrating former colleagues),” Taylor wrote.
He argued that the aim of his criticism of the president is to try and “convey as best I can —based on my own experience—how Donald Trump has made America less safe, less certain of its identity and destiny, and less united. He has responded predictably, with personal attacks meant to obscure the underlying message that he is unfit for the office he holds.”
Taylor lied on national TV: In August, Taylor appeared on CNN where he continued ranting against President Trump and lied, saying he was not the author behind the anonymous anti-Trump op-ed and book.
“There was an op-ed, there was a book by someone calling themselves ‘anonymous.’ Are you aware of who that is?” asked CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
“I’m not,” Taylor responded. “And look, that was a parlor game that happened in Washington D.C. of a lot of folks trying to think of who that might be. I’ve got my own thoughts about who that might be.”
“You’re not anonymous?” Cooper pressed.
“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So, no,” Taylor responded.
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— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) October 28, 2020