Perhaps you recall the 2018 op-ed titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”
It left many to speculate who wrote the hatchet job that accused Trump of incompetency.
As the title suggests, this op-ed made clear the existence of an anti-Trump legion of staffers dedicated to sabotaging his agenda.
At the time, the Times offered this explanation:
The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.
The only important thing about this perspective was the fact that Trump deserves to know who the dissenters in his administration are.
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As we might have expected, this senior official wasn’t so senior after all. The man in question is Miles Taylor, chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under Kirstjen Nielsen.
And truth be told, he had very little access to the president. Sadly, under Nielsen’s leadership, DHS management teams “deliberately sidetracked, stalled, and stopped policies sought by President Donald Trump.”
Of course, those policies were shaped by Trump’s 2016 campaign promises. They included an end to illegal immigration, a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and giving ICE the authority to follow deportation laws long in effect.
Further, Nielsen made it a point to stack the agency with anti-Trumpers. And the few Trump supporters were forced to suppress their support in order to avoid retaliation. But Taylor was certainly among those anti-Trumpers.
As Breitbart adds:
Three of the most openly anti-Trump Nielsen allies, sources said, who are either set to leave DHS or have already left include Jonathan Hoffman, Miles Taylor, and Chris Krebs.
Taylor, also a fierce Nielsen ally who opposes Trump, according to sources, remains McAleenan’s chief of staff and has been billed as a national security expert – even though he did not have as much experience as colleagues.
Sadly, Taylor confirmed what we, as conservatives, already knew. There are people willing to destroy America just to make sure Donald Trump isn’t winning.
As Taylor wrote:
Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.
But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.
The Big Reveal
When this op-ed went viral, the cable news networks went wild with speculation. And many times, people believed Taylor was the possible author. Yet, he denied it vehemently. So why come forward now?
Taylor no longer works in the administration. In fact, he left to take a job at Google. However, he recently took an extended vacation so he could campaign on Biden’s behalf. Talk about standing on the wrong side of the ship!
It’s clear, Taylor believes the left will prevail next week. Perhaps that is his reason for finally taking credit for his puff piece. He was also signed as a CNN contributor earlier this fall. As if we needed another leftist on the #FakeNewsNetwork.
Laughing all the way to the Bank
I remember once making fun of Taylor Swift along with her whiny voice and one-dimension lyrics. I’ve never understood how she turned out to be so rich and famous. I honestly thought she was a one-hit-wonder, at best. But a friend of mine reminded me that she was probably laughing all the way to the bank. Because Taylor Swift doesn’t need my approval to do what she does. And it won’t break her if I skip out on down-loading her new single.
Perhaps that’s a lesson for Miles Taylor can take to heart. He can dislike Donald Trump all he wants. The president will simply laugh all the way to the bank. Or in this case, the voting booth.
Trump takes hit after hit. They don’t faze him. Because his purpose is bigger than all these petty leftist agendas. After next week’s election, Taylor might wish he’d maintained his anonymity after all. As for the New York Times, now that we know their definition of “senior official,” we can rest assured that Taylor’s promises were mostly hot air.