The author of an opinion piece and book criticizing President Trump – until today known only as “Anonymous” – is Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. Taylor is now a senior fellow for Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security.
In a statement posted today, Taylor said he published his 2018 New York Times opinion piece and 2019 book “A Warning,” after he came to believe Trump was “a man without character.”
“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 said, adding that while he was a Republican, he was supporting Trump’s Democratic challenger, former vice president Joe Biden.
“I believe Joe Biden’s decency will bring us back together where Donald Trump’s dishonesty has torn us apart,” he said.
Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley dismissed Taylor’s comments shortly after his statement was posted.
“I worked with DHS officials while I was in the White House, and even I had to research who Miles Taylor was,” Gidley said. “He’s just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him.”
Taylor was one of 30 people named senior fellows for the McCrary Institute in May. The fellows were described as “national cyber and critical infrastructure security leaders…adding their expertise toward development of practical solutions to national security challenges.”
The McCrary Institute is based in Auburn but also has locations in Washington, D.C. and Huntsville.
Miles was listed as head of National Security Policy Engagement for Google.
Miles Taylor authored ‘Anonymous’ Trump book, former DHS official says