(Headline USA) The former Department of Homeland Security official who wrote an op-ed detailing a secret inside effort to thwart the Trump administration revealed this week that he is leaving the Republican Party.
Miles Taylor, who is only known for his infamous “Anonymous” op-ed for the New York Times, in which he admitted to undermining his boss, claimed on Wednesday that the GOP can no longer “be saved.”
I no longer believe the Republican Party can be saved. The vitriolic rhetoric is inspiring violent radicals.
I’m quitting the GOP. And I hope more do the same.
— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) May 17, 2022
In an op-ed for NBC News, Taylor said his decision was in part triggered by the mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., which made it “glaringly obvious” that the Republican Party is responsible for “violence” and “domestic terrorism.”
“After more than a decade in counterterrorism, it’s clear to me that my party is mainstreaming conspiracy theories that are fueling a statistical spike in political intimidation, attitudes toward violence and the specter of domestic terrorism that we witnessed this weekend in New York,” he wrote.
He argued that the Republican Party was now one “of misinformation and false grievances, of protectionism and nativism, of election subversion and anti-democratic sentiment.”
The only Republican Taylor still respects, apparently, is Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who is “trying to restore sanity” to the GOP, he said.
“Conservatives of conscience must quit the GOP and oppose the Republican Party until it is rehabilitated or a suitable alternative is created,” he added.
Few conservatives were surprised by Taylor’s sudden party switch.
Literally nobody cares.
Good fucking riddance.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 17, 2022
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 17, 2022
Who are you?
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) May 18, 2022