A former Homeland Security official within the Trump administration who later was one in all the previous president’s critics has quit the Republican Party, saying the GOP can’t be saved.
Miles Taylor, who was the agency’s deputy chief of staff after which chief of staff from 2017 to 2019, wrote on Twitter:
I now not consider the Republican Party might be saved. The vitriolic rhetoric is inspiring violent radicals.
I’m quitting the GOP. And I hope more do the identical.
— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) May 17, 2022
Taylor also linked to an editorial he wrote for NBC News:
“Within the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday, it’s grow to be glaringly obvious that my party now not represents conservative values but in actual fact poses a threat to them — and to America,” he wrote.
Taylor was referring to the white supremacist who shot and killed 10 at a Buffalo food market and specifically targeted Black people. The alleged shooter reportedly wrote a manifesto referencing “great alternative theory,” a conspiracy theory that claims Democrats try to interchange white Americans with people of color. That theory has been shared in Republican circles, and embraced by figures comparable to Fox News host ― and self-confessed liar ― Tucker Carlson.
Miles Taylor, who was Homeland Security’s deputy chief of staff after which chief of staff from 2017 to 2019, also admitted to writing the 2018 “Anonymous” op-ed in The Latest York Times saying there have been people inside the Trump administration who were working against the then-president.
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Taylor noted that a poll last 12 months found nearly half of Republicans agreed with sentiments of the “great alternative theory.”
“The Republican Party — which branded a violent riot within the nation’s capital as ‘legitimate political discourse’ — is poisoning Americans’ minds and supplanting respectful disagreement with loaded-gun rhetoric,” he wrote.
Although good people remained within the party, Taylor urged them to quit, too, “until it’s rehabilitated or an acceptable alternative is created.”
Taylor’s time within the DHS involved Donald Trump’s infamous policy of separating migrant children from their families. Taylor later told Telemundo that he regretted not denouncing it on the time.
He publicly got here out against Trump in 2020 and said he would vote for Joe Biden. He has also admitted to writing the 2018 “Anonymous” op-ed in The Latest York Times that claimed there have been people inside the Trump administration who were working against the then-president.