Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor revealed that he was the anonymous author of a viral 2018 New York Times op-ed highly critical of President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE, sparking outrage and mockery on social media.
Taylor, who publicly endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan MORE in August, called Trump “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective."
He was recently hired by CNN in September as a contributor. In an Aug. 21 interview with anchor Anderson Cooper, Taylor was asked if he was the article of the anonymous article.
"No I'm not ... I've got my own thoughts on who that might be," Taylor responded." I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So, no."
“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So, no,” says @MilesTaylorUSA, when asked by @AndersonCooper if he is the author of the op-ed book written by someone called Anonymous. pic.twitter.com/sPjs4OoAnp— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 21, 2020
Taylor was described as a "senior administration official" by The New York Times in the September 2018 piece. While serving in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), he helped carry out the administration's child separation policy but was not listed on the department's leadership page at the time.
Wow. Miles Taylor wasn't even listed on DHS's senior leadership page when NYT published his op-ed because he was just a policy advisor, not even chief of staff.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 28, 2020
Here's a snapshot of top leadership at DHS a few weeks after the op-ed was published. (October 2018) pic.twitter.com/3CPzKcdB6N
In his revelation Wednesday, Taylor called upon "everyone to step out of the shadows" to oppose Trump, promoting mockery and criticism online of Taylor and The New York Times.
You have got to be kidding me. Miles Taylor? That’s who the New York Times granted an anonymous editorial article? I’ve seen more exciting reveals in Scooby-Doo episodes.— Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAt least five Trump administration staffers have spoken with Jan 6 committee: CNN Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Report: Rally organizers say GOP lawmakers worked on Jan. 6 protests MORE (@MarkMeadows) October 28, 2020
What a monumental embarrassment.
Miles Taylor helped spin the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. How many of those parents were offered media contributorships? https://t.co/j8WC6E3oSu— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 28, 2020
The @NYTimes has some explaining to do, getting away with ever calling Miles Taylor a "senior" administration official.— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) October 28, 2020
PROOF: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being “Anonymous,” once told us he was NOT Anonymous. He LIED!— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 28, 2020
This is everything people hate about Washington — two-faced liars who push their own agendas at the expense of the People. This is the epitome of the swamp! ⬇️ https://t.co/cNz1Fgpz5g
Oh I guess it is true? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. That is so bleeping BEAUTIFUL I can't possibly be more thankful. I love this so much. The person that the NYT strongly insinuated was, like, the VP or WH Chief of Staff, or Cabinet Member was literally "Miles Taylor." HA HA HA— Mollie(@MZHemingway) October 28, 2020
Even now, Miles Taylor alternately tries to rationalize & distance himself from the immoral and unjust family separation policies. His column, book, TV contract & who he supports for President doesn't change the fact that he was part of the team that did this irreparable harm. https://t.co/sExVxsasni— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) October 28, 2020
Taylor wrote the Times's op-ed in September 2018 and resigned from DHS in April 2019.