The former Trump administration official who wrote the “anonymous” New York Times op-ed is former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Homeland Security Miles Taylor.
Taylor recently made a pro-Biden campaign ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump after taking a leave of absence from his job at Google.
Taylor is an outspoken anti-Trumper who frequently appears on CNN and MSNBC.
According to The New York Times:
WASHINGTON — Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, was the anonymous author of The New York Times Op-Ed article in 2018 whose description of President Trump as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” roiled Washington and set off a hunt for his identity, Mr. Taylor confirmed Wednesday.
Mr. Taylor was also the anonymous author of “A Warning,” a book he wrote the following year that described the president as an “undisciplined” and “amoral” leader whose abuse of power threatened the foundations of American democracy. He acknowledged that he was the author of both the book and the opinion article in an interview and in a three-page statement he posted online.
Mr. Taylor resigned from the Department of Homeland Security in June 2019, and went public with his criticism of Mr. Trump this past summer. He released a video just before the start of the Republican National Convention declaring that the president was unfit for office and endorsed Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee.
The Daily Wire also reported:
The author of the controversial “anonymous” New York Times op-ed from two years ago is a CNN contributor and a Google employee currently on leave until after the presidential election.
News broke that the “anonymous” author was Miles Taylor just minutes before Taylor confirmed it on his Twitter account.
The relative obscurity of David runs counter to the media’s narrative that it was a Trump insider who wrote the op-ed.