Hands up: Who actually cares about anything Miles Taylor has to say? If you don’t remember him, he, as “Anonymous,” published an op-ed in the New York Times criticizing the Trump administration; this was a big deal because “Anonymous” was billed as a “senior-level official.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza guess that the author could have been Vice President Mike Pence, but it turned out to be Taylor, a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security — hardly a “senior-level official.”
We most recently heard from Taylor on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” where he claimed that MAGA Republicans “want to kill me.”
Taylor is putting his life on the line again in a piece for NBC News in which he claims he’s left the Republican Party, which we thought he’d done a long time ago. Apparently, the mass shooting in Buffalo was the last straw.
I no longer believe the Republican Party can be saved. The vitriolic rhetoric is inspiring violent radicals.
I’m quitting the GOP. And I hope more do the same.
— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) May 17, 2022
— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) May 18, 2022
Taylor lays out his case against the GOP, although he does think Rep. Liz Cheney, a “rock-ribbed conservative,” is still pretty cool.
The vitriolic GOP rhetoric is inspiring violent radicals, and I don’t say that lightly.
After more than a decade in counterterrorism, it’s clear to me that my party is mainstreaming conspiracy theories that are fueling a statistical spike in political intimidation, attitudes toward violence and the specter of domestic terrorism that we witnessed this weekend in New York.
This isn’t a partisan broadside. It’s a public safety warning. The Buffalo shooter was apparently radicalized by racist viewpoints that many Republicans espouse, and that danger can’t be tolerated any longer.
Again, never mind that we all saw the shooter’s manifesto, and he wasn’t inspired by the GOP or Tucker Carlson or Fox News.
“More than a decade in counterterrorism” — OK, buddy.
We don’t care
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) May 17, 2022
Who are you?
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) May 18, 2022
Who are you? Should we know?
— Jesse Pinkman’s Roomba (@corrcomm) May 19, 2022
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 17, 2022
What does the Republican Party have to do with Buffalo, besides nothing. This low life murderer wasn’t a Republican. Keep trying to divide the country… MOST people are getting sick of it
— SeldenGADawgs (@SeldenGADawgs) May 18, 2022
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) May 18, 2022
Literally nobody cares.
Good fucking riddance.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 17, 2022
Yes, the Democratic Party is putting on a real show for America right now and how great things are going with them in control…..🤦♂️
— Cyclones/WhiteSox FAN (@jmccullo) May 18, 2022
So communism is a better way, no thanks
— borderpatrl (@BorderpatrlJody) May 18, 2022
Good luck on the Democratic plantation
— The American Nightmare 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@TexasRebelMan) May 18, 2022
A nobody trying to make a name for himself by being another Republican to turn on his party … meh.
— ULTRA🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) May 17, 2022
Maybe The Lincoln Project will take him in … how old is he again?
Miles ‘Anonymous’ Taylor tells Nicolle Wallace that MAGA Republicans ‘want to kill me’ https://t.co/6YORnREt7z
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 5, 2022