So, it turns out that “Anonymous” was Miles Taylor, who worked as chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under Kirstjen Nielsen from 2017 to 2019, who boasted about subverting Trump’s immigration agenda from the inside on behalf of “the Resistance.”
“WASHINGTON — Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, was the anonymous author of The New York Times Op-Ed article in 2018 whose description of President Trump as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” roiled Washington and set off a hunt for his identity, Mr. Taylor confirmed Wednesday.
Mr. Taylor was also the anonymous author of “A Warning,” a book he wrote the following year that described the president as an “undisciplined” and “amoral” leader whose abuse of power threatened the foundations of American democracy. He acknowledged that he was the author of both the book and the opinion article in an interview and in a three-page statement he posted online. …
Mr. Taylor served for two years as a top aide to Kirstjen Nielsen, Mr. Trump’s third homeland security secretary, and wrote in The Times that he was part of a cadre of officials around Mr. Trump who were quietly working to “frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” …”
“Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff who stepped forward in August to blast President Donald Trump’s leadership, said Wednesday he’s “Anonymous,” the senior administration official who wrote a scathing op-ed and book about the Trump White House.
In a post on Medium entitled “Why I’m no longer Anonymous,” Taylor said he wrote the op-ed as a way to get the White House to focus on what he was saying about the danger he thought Trump posed to the country, instead of focusing on him.
“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. But my reasoning was straightforward, and I stand by it,” Taylor wrote. “Issuing my critiques without attribution forced the President to answer them directly on their merits or not at all, rather than creating distractions through petty insults and name-calling.”
In the original New York Times op-ed, Taylor wrote that “many of the senior officials in his own administration” were working against Trump from within “to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
“We will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over,” the unnamed author wrote. “We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.” …”
“That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright. …
Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more. …
Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.”
Next week, we are invited to go vote to reelect all the True Cons like Miles Taylor as well as Trump who has spent the last four years empowering these people to advance their own agenda.
I would rather just wash my hands of the mainstream Right than vote for this crowd again. Conservative liberalism is worthless and there is no such thing as “National Conservatism” or a “conservative-populist coalition” that doesn’t end up being the same old conservatism in practice.
Accomplishments? Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court. When it was time to deliver the goods for the people who put them on the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch ruled transgenderism was a protected class. Historic tax reform? That’s great for billionaires. Deregulation? That’s great for multinational corporations. Muh more robust military? Israel’s wish list? Who cares?
What are you doing for me? Nothing that I care about or anything that takes the load off my shoulders. The only argument for returning these people to power is to occupy space that would otherwise be held by Democrats and as Miles Taylor shows even that is really of questionable value.