From 'DC swamp bro' to 'true patriot', here are reactions to Miles Taylor being 'Anonymous'

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Miles Taylor is likely one of the highest-ranking former officers from the Trump administration to again the presumptive Democratic nominee. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – After Miles Taylor revealed himself as “Nameless” Wednesday evening, Republicans known as him a “coward” and “liar” whereas Democrats tried to give attention to the content material of his unique scathing opinion piece.

Taylor, a former chief of workers and a political appointee for the Division of Homeland Safety, introduced he was the one who authored a scathing opinion piece about President Donald Trump in 2018, and a book in 2019, that attacked Trump’s management and described dysfunction inside the administration.

‘Anonymous’ revealed: Former aide Miles Taylor says he wrote scathing opinion piece on Donald Trump

Taylor had already publicly endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in August, changing into one of many highest-ranking former officers from the Trump administration to again the previous Vice President on the time.

In an announcement Wednesday, Taylor explained he anonymously wrote the op-ed as a approach to get the White Home to give attention to the content material of what he was saying concerning the hazard he thought Trump posed, somewhat than give attention to him: “Issuing my critiques with out attribution compelled the President to reply them straight on their deserves or in no way, somewhat than creating distractions by petty insults and name-calling.”

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Republicans weren’t impressed by the reveal, with an announcement from White Home Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany calling Taylor a “low-level, disgruntled former staffer” who “selected anonymity over motion and leaking over main.”

“He was ineffective and incompetent throughout his time as DHS Chief of Workers”, she wrote. “It’s appalling a low-ranking official can be granted anonymity” by the New York Occasions.

The GOP Fast Response Director Steve Visitor known as him a “COWARD” who “is a liar.”

“Spare the nation your sanctimony, Miles Taylor,” Visitor tweeted.

White Home Chief of Workers Mark Meadows tweeted he is “seen extra thrilling reveals in Scooby-Doo episodes.”

Hogan Gidley, the Trump marketing campaign’s nationwide press secretary, known as it the “lamest political ‘reveal’ of all time” and Taylor a “DC swamp bro.” 

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Democrats, and Republican pundits who don’t help Trump, gave blended reactions to the information. Many urged focus again on the content material of the “Nameless” op-ed and guide.

Within the unique op-ed, Taylor wrote “lots of the senior officers in his personal administration” had been working in opposition to Trump from inside “to frustrate elements of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” 

Taylor also claimed in the book that Trump is not going to “exit quietly – or simply” if he loses within the Common Election, writing, “It’s why at many turns he suggests ‘coups’ are afoot and a ‘civil battle’ is within the offing. He’s already seeding the narrative for his followers – a story that would finish tragically.” 

Joe Lockhart, former White Home Press Secretary for President Invoice Clinton, tweeted “the op-ed when it was revealed was an essential piece of showing the utter corruption and incompetence of the Trump administration.”

Earlier than the information of the reveal broke, George Conway, husband to former White Home counselor Kellyanne Conway and a vocal Trump critic, called Taylor a “true patriot.”

Underneath-Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs underneath the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, tweeted it was “inexpressibly unhappy” that “that each single one who has handled Trump, that features each single Republican congressman, is aware of Taylor was proper.”

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Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted it is “a a lot larger deal” that hundreds of Trump supporters after a marketing campaign rally Tuesday evening had been stranded exterior the occasion within the chilly that appeared “to have triggered hypothermia for his aged supporters than that we discovered the identify of some dude who desires to launder and justify his actions so he might be on the Kennedy College by subsequent yr.” 

Taylor beforehand denied he was Nameless throughout an interview on CNN the identical month he endorsed Biden, saying, “I’ve bought my very own ideas about who that is perhaps,” however “I put on a masks for 2 issues – Halloweens and pandemics. So no.” 

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