In a lengthy statement on Wednesday, ex-Homeland Security official, Miles Taylor revealed himself to be ‘Anonymous’ the author of the New York Times op-ed in 2018 and the book ‘A Warning’.
“We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth,” Taylor wrote. “I am a Republican, and I wanted this President to succeed. That’s why I came into the Administration with John Kelly, and it’s why I stayed on as Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security. But too often in times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives. I witnessed Trump’s inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals.”
Taylor has since become an outspoken public critic of Donald Trump and endorsed Joe Biden for president.
He chose to remain anonymous because he wanted the focus to be on Trump’s wrongdoings instead of focusing on Trump’s distractions like his name calling.
“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. I wanted the attention to be on the arguments themselves,” Taylor wrote.
He served as the former Chief of Staff to Kirstjen Nielsen and Chad Wolf at DHS.
Read Miles Taylor’s full statement.