- The Trump campaign called the reveal that Miles Taylor was the writer of both the “Anonymous” book and the scathing 2018 New York Times op-ed “lame.”
- Miles Taylor revealed that he was the author behind the 2018 op-ed on Wednesday.
- The op-ed described a “resistance” in Trump’s administration.
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A Trump campaign spokesperson called the reveal of the identity of the author behind the critical 2018 New York Times op-ed the “least impressive, lamest political ‘reveal’ of all time,” the Associated Press reported.
Miles Taylor revealed that he was the author behind “A Warning,” a 2019 book written by an anonymous White House official that was critical of the administration, and a 2018 op-ed that described a “resistance” in Trump’s administration.
Trump on Wednesday also claimed he was unaware who Taylor was and falsely alleged the op-ed was “fraud,” and that Taylor had been working alongside the news outlet.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020
Trump also riffed about the reveal at an Arizona rally on Wednesday, according to New York Times reporter Annie Karni.
—Annie Karni (@anniekarni) October 28, 2020
Taylor is a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also said the reveal was anti-climactic.
“I’ve seen more exciting reveals in ‘Scooby-Doo’ episodes. What a monumental embarrassment,” Meadows said in a tweet.
“We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth,” Taylor wrote in a statement releasing his identity.
“I witnessed Trump’s inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years,” he said. “Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals.”