During his second Wednesday rally in Arizona, President Donald Trump told a rally in Phoenix that Miles Taylor, the former Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security who revealed himself on Wednesday to be an anti-trump author Anonymous, should be prosecuted.
Taylor wrote a 2018 op-ed in the New York Times under the pseudonym Anonymous in which he said that there was a resistance movement against Trump in the White House. Taylor was also the author of the 2019 book A Warning, which allegedly describes the inner workings of Trump’s administration. In his biography, Taylor described himself as an “unidentified senior official” in the White House.
Trump struck Taylor during the rally and called him a “scumbag who has never worked in the White House”.
“Let me tell you something,” Trump added. “In my opinion, this guy should be prosecuted.”
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Trump, who did not refer to Taylor by his real name in his remarks, said that “Anonymous was a nobody, a disgruntled employee who long ago was quickly removed from his job because of what I was told was incompetence.
When Taylor’s article was published in the New York Times in September 2018, Trump twittered that Taylor should be arrested “for reasons of national security.
“Does the so-called ‘high administration official’ really exist,” Trump wrote, “or is it just the Failing New York Times with another bogus source? If the GUTLESS Anonymous person really exists, the Times must immediately extradite him/her to the government for reasons of national security!
Does the so-called âSenior Administration Officialâ really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another fake source? If the GUTLESS Anonymous person really exists, the Times must immediately extradite him/her to the government for reasons of national security!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Taylor worked for DHS from 2017 to 2019 as chief of staff for both former secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and the current DHS head Chad Wolf.
The suspicion that Taylor wrote the article and the following book was expressed by CNN employee Anderson Cooper in an interview in August. When Cooper asked Taylor if he was anonymous, Taylor offered a denial.
“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson,” Taylor said. “Halloween and pandemics. So, no.”
Taylor is currently a featured announcer on CNN. Tweeted on Wednesday that CNN should fire Taylor.
“They should fire, shame and punish anyone associated with this fraud against the American people! wrote Trump.
Although Taylor claims to be a Republican, in August he backed the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden. In a Wednesday post on Medium, Taylor encouraged Republicans to “land over party” by voting for Biden.
“I believe Joe Biden’s decency will bring us back together where Donald Trump’s dishonesty tore us apart,” Taylor wrote.