Trump campaign calls the identity of 'Anonymous' author the 'least impressive, lamest political 'reveal' of all time'

  • The Trump campaign called the reveal that Miles Taylor was the writer of both the "Anonymous" book and the scathing 2018 New York Times op-ed "lame."
  • Miles Taylor revealed that he was the author behind the 2018 op-ed on Wednesday. 
  • The op-ed described a "resistance" in Trump's administration. 
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A Trump campaign spokesperson called the reveal of the identity of the author behind the critical 2018 New York Times op-ed the "least impressive, lamest political 'reveal' of all time," the Associated Press reported.

Miles Taylor revealed that he was the author behind "A Warning," a 2019 book written by an anonymous White House official that was critical of the administration, and a 2018 op-ed that described a "resistance" in Trump's administration.

Trump on Wednesday also claimed he was unaware who Taylor was and falsely alleged the op-ed was "fraud," and that Taylor had been working alongside the news outlet. 

Trump also riffed about the reveal at an Arizona rally on Wednesday, according to New York Times reporter Annie Karni.


Taylor is a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff. 

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also said the reveal was anti-climactic. 

"I've seen more exciting reveals in 'Scooby-Doo' episodes. What a monumental embarrassment," Meadows said in a tweet. 

"We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth," Taylor wrote in a statement releasing his identity.

"I witnessed Trump's inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years," he said. "Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals."

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