Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor, a recent CNN hire, has been branded a "two-faced liar" after coming out as Anonymous - the supposedly "senior official in the Trump administration" behind a damning New York Times opinion piece and best selling book.
His 2018 article - promoted as if written by Mike Pence himself - claimed there was a resistance movement within the Trump administration which was actively working to undermine the president.
After Taylor outed himself Wednesday afternoon before an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, critics on both sides slammed the former low-level staffer (who wasn't yet DHS Chief of Staff when he wrote the anti-Trump screeds) - with liberals salty that a grifter got rich by masquerading as a high-level official, and conservatives both laughing and excoriating the MSM for participating in yet another failed scheme against the president.
"This is everything people hate about Washington — two-faced liars who push their own agendas at the expense of the People," wrote White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany over Twitter. "This is the epitome of the swamp!"
PROOF: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being “Anonymous,” once told us he was NOT Anonymous. He LIED!— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 28, 2020
This is everything people hate about Washington — two-faced liars who push their own agendas at the expense of the People. This is the epitome of the swamp! ⬇️ https://t.co/cNz1Fgpz5g
"How many other "senior officials" who we’ve been reading about for years are just mid-level douche bags who think they're Spartacus?" tweeted Breitbart EIC Alex Marlow.
How many other "senior officials" who we’ve been reading about for years are just mid-level douche bags who think they're Spartacus?— Alex Marlow (@AlexMarlow) October 28, 2020
Embarrassing for the idiot behind it, but even more embarrassing for the NYT. https://t.co/451ynfLE5b
"Anonymous was another media hoax!" tweeted former acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell.
Anonymous was another media hoax!— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 28, 2020
Former Hillary Clinton staffer Yashar Ali suggested that the left was "pissed because he remained anonymous for so long" and that "The book and cable news deal also pisses people off."
I am not speaking on behalf of anyone....but my sense is that people are pissed because he remained anonymous for so long. They would not be as angry had he come out while stuff was happening and testified before Congress. The book and cable news deal also pisses people off. https://t.co/mZnpiwRGi5— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 28, 2020
Also hilarious is the full-throated defense of Anonymous's surely impeccable credentials by CNN's Chris Cillizza when the Op-Ed came out.
"In short: If some midlevel bureaucrat in the Trump administration came to the Times -- or has an intermediary reach out to the Times -- asking to write a piece like that one without their name attached to it, the answer would be an immediate "no." Contrary to what Trump says on his Twitter feed, media organizations are very wary of giving anyone and everyone anonymity to make attacks." -Chris Cillizza
CNN, meanwhile, is keeping Taylor on staff despite the fact that he repeatedly lied on air about being Anonymous.