A former Trump administration homeland security official who later became one of the former president’s critics has left the Republican Party, saying the GOP cannot be saved.
Miles Taylor, who served as the agency’s deputy chief of staff and then chief of staff from 2017 to 2019, wrote on Twitter:
Taylor also linked to an op-ed he wrote for NBC News:
“In the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday, it has become clear that my party no longer represents conservative values but is in fact a threat to them – and to America,” he wrote.
Taylor was referring to the white supremacist who shot and killed 10 people in a Buffalo grocery store and specifically targeted black people. The alleged shooter allegedly wrote a manifesto referring to the “Grand Replacement Theory,” a conspiracy theory that claims Democrats are trying to replace white Americans with people of color. This theory has been shared in Republican circles and embraced by figures such as Fox News host ― and admitted liar ― Tucker Carlson.
Taylor noted that a poll last year found nearly half of Republicans agreed with the sentiments of the “great replacement theory.”
“The Republican Party — which has called a violent insurrection in the nation’s capital ‘legitimate political discourse’ — is poisoning the minds of Americans and replacing respectful dissent with loaded-gun rhetoric,” he wrote.
Although good people remained in the party, Taylor urged them to resign as well, “until it is rehabilitated or a suitable alternative is created”.
Taylor’s time at DHS involved Donald Trump’s infamous policy of separating migrant children from their families. Taylor later told Telemundo that he regretted not reporting him at the time.
He publicly spoke out against Trump in 2020 and said he would vote for Joe Biden. He also admitted to writing the 2018 “Anonymous” op-ed in The New York Times that claimed there were people within the Trump administration working against the then-president.
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