Yesterday, Miles Taylor, who worked in Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security for two years, including as its chief of staff, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post detailing the ocher abomination’s horrifying management style, which included turning “DHS, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, into a tool used for [Trump’s] political benefit.”
Taylor wrote that Trump once demanded a DHS meeting to discuss the color of his wall — during a government shutdown crisis — and that his demands were often petty, capricious, and bizarre. “One morning it might be a demand to shut off congressionally appropriated funds to a foreign ally that had angered him, and that evening it might be a request to sharpen the spikes atop the border wall so they’d be more damaging to human flesh,” Taylor wrote.
Taylor also recorded an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump in which he noted that Trump wanted to cut off FEMA funding to California during a round of devastating wildfires “because he was so rageful that people in the state of California didn’t support him.”
Here’s that ad:
Well, this morning, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Taylor on Good Morning America, and the biggest takeaway was that Taylor’s revelations are merely part of an “opening salvo.”
But first, after Stephanopoulos noted that Jared Bumblefuck Kushner had suggested Taylor had been fired, Taylor set the record straight:
STEPHANOPOULOS: “What were the circumstances of you leaving the administration?”
TAYLOR: “Yes, so I left the administration on my own terms, and I’ll be really frank with you about this, George. I left the administration because I got to a point where saying no was no longer enough. We were constantly in a position with the president where it’s not that he would just tell us to do things that we would say are inappropriate, unethical or illegal, it’s that he would continue to consistently tell us to do those same things. That was an enormous frustration, and when I realized we weren’t going to be able to pull him back from some of these impulses, it meant it was time to go. So I left of my own volition ….”
Taylor also had more insight into Trump’s absurdly cruel and ruinous family-separation policy, which it turns out Trump never really let go of:
TAYLOR: “Fortunately, a few months into that when we realized that this was the train wreck that this Secretary Nielsen had said behind the scenes, this is going to be a train wreck, we got the White House to issue an executive order to put an end to the policy. But here’s the bigger concern, George. Every single month I served in that administration after we ended family separation, the president would come to us and say, not only he wanted to restart it, he wanted to double down and implement a deliberate policy of ripping any kid apart from their parents that showed up at the border. Any kid at the border. That was stunning to me. I mean, frankly it was one of the most disheartening and disgusting things I’ve ever experienced in public service, and that significantly contributed to me wanting to leave this administration.”
But here was the big reveal. Taylor cryptically referenced “more people” — i.e., former administration officials — whom he expects to come forward in the near future.
STEPHANOPOULOS: “Do you expect more of your former colleagues to speak out now as we head into the final days of this campaign?”
TAYLOR: “So, I can’t get into too much detail on it, George, but I’m going to tell you this. The president hasn’t heard the last of us. In fact, me speaking out yesterday, you can think of it as an opening salvo, and I’m not going to mention any other names yet, but the president can expect that in the coming weeks and months leading up the election, he is going to hear from more people that served in his administration and he is going to hear more of them give the same testimonies that I gave, which is that he is ill equipped to hold the office that he has and that a second term would be more dangerous than a first term. You’ll hear that soon.”
I sure hope so. If ex-administration officials don’t come forward in droves, they clearly hate America.
More, more, more … please.
Our lives literally could depend on it.
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