Former Trump Staffer Who Wrote Anonymous NY Times Op-Ed Quits GOP: ‘I’ve Had Enough’ (Video)

Miles Taylor, a former Republican official who served in both the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations, best known for writing the op-ed "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" for The New York Times announced that he is leaving the GOP after Republican leaders refused to condemn the racist "replacement theory" ideology conjured up by the Buffalo mass shooter.
"I've been a Republican my whole life," Taylor told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Wednesday. "Like you, I have wrestled with what it means to remain a Republican in a party that not only makes conspiracy theories, but mainstreams violence."
Taylor, the author behind an anonymous 2018 New York Times op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," admitted that he "tried and failed to lead the party in my own way and way to save".
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"We tried to stop Trump from rising in 2016. Some of us have been trying to contain his reckless impulses from within," Taylor said.
After resigning as chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security, Taylor went public as a writer. In the article, he claims that he is one of "many senior officials in [Trump's] own administration [who] are working diligently from within to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst tendencies."
He went on to condemn the then-president for "acting in a manner detrimental to the health of our republic" and vowed to fight his "more misguided impulses until he is out of office."
But Trump's failure to win re-election in 2020 did not spell the end of Trumpism, Taylor said on Wednesday's live broadcast: "Trumpism is alive and well and fueling this."
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Taylor joined other panelists to discuss the Republican Party's response to the mass shooting that took place on May 14 at a Buffalo grocery store in which 10 people died and 3 were injured. Eleven of the victims were black and two were white. Before the shooting, the shooter had released a manifesto outlining his plan to target black people, citing the “white surrogate” theory. Supporters of this racist ideology include Tucker Carlson, the top Fox News anchor, who has discussed related issues on around 400 episodes of his primetime late-night show. GOP politicians like Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) have defended Carlson and the theory in the past.
After the shooting, some Republicans failed to condemn the theory or acknowledge that it motivated the massacre. House #3 GOP leader Elise Stefanik was called upon to "promote the white replacement theory," while Carlson did not directly mention the theory during his Monday night show.
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