Names that were floated at the time included then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, then-Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
The was also speculation about whether the “Anonymous” author’s claims were credible, but surely they were. After all, the piece was written by an unnamed “senior official” who had witnessed the chaos first-hand, and it was printed in The New York Times – not The National Enquirer.
In 2019, prolific author “Anonymous” wrote “A Warning” – a book that was marketed as “a caution to voters that it wasn’t as bad as it looked inside the Trump administration – it was worse.”
And critics raved!
“#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller: An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation’s capital.”
We now know that “Anonymous,” a man who fancied himself a modern-day “Deep Throat” was none other than Miles Taylor: mild-mannered nobody and former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, who didn’t have anywhere near the access to the President that he’d claimed.
That’s right; he lied. And so did the New York Times… REPEATEDLY.
Miles “Deep Throat Wannabe” Taylor outed himself Wednesday in a statement published on Medium.
“While I claim sole authorship of the work, the sentiments expressed within it were widely held among officials at the highest levels of the federal government,” Taylor wrote. “In other words, Trump’s own lieutenants were alarmed by his instability.”
Sure thing, Miles.
By the way, Taylor was hired by CNN as a contributor in September, but we now know that he lied to the network about being the author of the now-infamous op-ed during an Aug. 21 interview with Anderson Cooper.
“There was an op-ed, there was a book by someone calling themselves ‘Anonymous.’ Are you aware of who that is?” Cooper asked.
“I’m not,” Taylor responded. “Look, that was a parlor game that happened in Washington D.C. of a lot of folks trying to think of who that might be. I’ve got my own thoughts about who that might be, but-”
“You’re not Anonymous,” Cooper confirmed.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement Wednesday regarding Taylor’s no-longer “secret identity,” calling him a “low-level, disgruntled former staffer,” as well as “a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading.
“He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired after only serving in this role for a matter of weeks,” McEnany added. “It is appalling a low-ranking official would be granted anonymity and it is clear the New York Times is doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats.”
WIBC host Tony Katz called the “Anonymous” New York Times op-ed “garbage” back in 2018. Producer Ari, however, was all-in on “Anonymous!” He even purchased the book!
Ari and Tony discussed the Miles Taylor debacle on today’s show. Click below to check it out. It’s quite the “spirited” listen.