He’s the man who wrote the now-infamous New York Times op-ed in 2018, blasting President Donald Trump. He was “Anonymous,” and described himself as a “former senior administration official.”
He also said he was a member of the “resistance” inside the administration, and he worked with others to “frustrate parts of Trump’s agenda.”
But now we know who this man is: Myles Taylor.
He revealed himself just recently and now he’s under heavy scrutiny. It turns out his story might not be entirely true, as some critics are now saying.
For example, Taylor was apparently the former chief of staff for Department of Homeland Security.
However, according to The Federalist, that’s a somewhat dubious claim:
…he didn’t have even that position that nobody knew existed when he wrote the op-ed and was described as a senior administration official.
DHS actually listed 64 individuals it considered senior at the department on the day the op-ed was published.
Taylor was not one of them. He was described as a policy advisor, not anything close to a senior administration official.
Now, President Trump is seizing on the issue, and slammed Taylor during a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona.
POTUS called Taylor a “low-level staffer, a sleazebag, who’s never worked in the White House.”
Then he went even further (via Fox News):
The whole thing was just one more giant hoax from the Washington swamp and a corrupt special interest group.
I’ll tell you what – this guy, in my opinion, should be prosecuted. He should be prosecuted. The left wing media and the swamp are doing everything in their power to try to stop us.
Taylor followed up his scathing NYT op-ed with a book – also written as “Anonymous” – where he came out as an anti-Trump advocate, and supporter of Joe Biden.
CNN even hired Taylor as a contributor, though his credentials and experience evidently remain in question.
As for Trump, he continued to rail against Taylor on Twitter:
Who is Miles Taylor? Said he was “anonymous”, but I don’t know him – never even heard of him. Just another @nytimes SCAM – he worked in conjunction with them. Also worked for Big Tech’s @Google. Now works for Fake News @CNN. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020
With the 2020 presidential election right around the corner, it’s difficult to say if this fallout helps or hurts the Trump campaign.
Having potential evidence that discredits Taylor would help, of course. But putting him back in the limelight also once again highlights his criticisms of the Trump administration.
The question is, what do voters believe, and will it impact their decision on November 3?
- President Donald Trump has suggested Myles Taylor (aka “Anonymous”) should be prosecuted.
- Trump called Taylor a “low-level sleazebag who’s never worked in the White House.”
- Various sources are saying Taylor exaggerated his “senior administration official” claim, and further question his reliability.