Miles Taylor, the former Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security, revealed that he was the anonymous voice behind the explosive 2018 New York Times essay that revealed internal “resistance” within the government of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, less than a week before the upcoming elections.
In a statement, Taylor additionally identified himself as the anonymous “senior official in the Trump administration” who wrote a warning, the 2019 book that further challenged the president’s decision-making ability, attitude and influence over the U.S. population. The securities expert was appointed head of the Department of Homeland Security under Trump, but resigned from his post in November 2019.
“We do not owe the President our silence,” Taylor wrote in Wednesday’s statement, explaining why he decided to leave his Anonymous label behind after more than two years. “We owe him and the American people the truth.”
Before the unveiling on Wednesday, Taylor publicly criticized Trump on several recent occasions, most notably in the days surrounding the Democratic National Convention in August. Here is a look at the former government official’s earlier remarks about the president.
October 28, 2020: ‘Anonymous’ Reveal
Taylor announced the statement, calling himself the “anonymous” Trump critic in a news item published in the social media on Wednesday afternoon.
“Donald Trump is a man without character,” he twittered. “That is why I have written ‘A warning’… and that’s why me and my colleagues have been speaking out (on our own behalf) against him for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows.”
Donald Trump is a man without character. That is why I wrote ‘A Warning’…and that is why me and my colleagues have been speaking out against him (on our own behalf) for months. It is time for everyone to step out of the shadows. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq
– Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020
17 August 2020: Biden endorsement
Though a Republican, Taylor has become one of many public figures associated with the GOP, and in the summer supported Joe Biden, the former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate.
Taylor offered his support for the Democratic candidate’s campaign in a video produced by Republican Voters Against Trump, a political group formed earlier this year. The endorsement was released on the same day that this year’s National Convention of the Democrats began.
“In light of what I have experienced in the administration, I must support Joe Biden for the presidency,” Taylor said in the video. “And even though I am not a Democrat, even though I disagree on important issues, I am confident that Joe Biden will protect the country and I am confident that he will not make the same mistakes as this president.
“What we saw week after week after week after two and a half years in this administration was terrifying to me,” he recalled of his years as a Trump employee. “We went and tried to talk to him about an urgent national security problem, about cyber attacks, about the threat of terrorism. he was not interested in those things. They were not priorities for him.”
Later in the video, Taylor claimed that Trump deliberately withheld funds from California to support his response to the wildfire problem because it is a traditionally democratic state. He described the president’s overall behavior as “one of the most unfocused and undisciplined” of any senior executive he knew.
August 18, 2020: Washington Post Op-Ed
Taylor again condemned the President’s leadership in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post shortly after he announced his support for Biden.
“After serving in the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security for more than two years during the Trump administration, I can testify that the country is less secure as a direct result of the President’s actions,” Taylor opened the article.
“Like many Americans, I had hoped that once Donald Trump was in office, he would soberly assume the burden of the presidency – first and foremost the duty to ensure America’s security. But he did not accept the challenge,” he continued. “Instead, the President was guided by whim, political calculation and self-interest.
August 19, 2020: Other administration officials “feel the same
During an MSNBC interview on August 19, Taylor i