‘Who are you,’ conservatives ask, after former Trump admin staffer threatens to run against ex-pres in 2024 to ‘split vote’
Ex-Trump administration official Miles Taylor vowed this week to run against a potential candidacy from former President Donald Trump in 2024 to “split the vote.” Many conservatives, however, were left wondering who Taylor is.
“If Trump somehow wins the GOP nomination in 2024, I will run against him as an independent. And recruit more conservatives to do the same,” Taylor announced on Thursday evening, adding that his independent candidacy would “split the vote and sink” Trump.
If Trump somehow wins the GOP nomination in 2024, I will run against him as an independent. And recruit more conservatives to do the same. We will split the vote and sink him.— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) June 25, 2021
Though Taylor received just over 11,000 likes, many American conservatives were left wondering just who Taylor was.
Never heard of you before your tweet popped up in my TL. Name ID won’t help you. https://t.co/us1pnAtS3f— Beth Baumann (@eb454) June 25, 2021
This dude's ego is through the roof. https://t.co/dE8K5X4A5E— Gavin Mario Wax 🇺🇸 (@GavinWax) June 25, 2021
Make sure to cast your vote for “Anonymous” https://t.co/SQPvePrZ53— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) June 25, 2021
Journalist Ryan Matsumoto pointed out that “an anti-Trump conservative candidate would likely take way more votes away from the Democratic candidate,” while California Republican congressional candidate Buzz Patterson commented simply, “You’re not splitting anything, bro.”
Taylor – a George W. Bush alumnus who worked in the Department of Homeland Security under Trump between 2017 and 2019 – secretly wrote an anonymous article and book attacking the Trump administration while he worked for the department, and ‘Anonymous’ soon became a hero of the liberal, anti-Trump ‘resistance’ movement.
In October 2020, just over a year after he left the administration, Taylor revealed himself to be the ‘Anonymous’ author – an announcement which disappointed many, since the figure had previously been described as a “senior Trump administration official,” prompting most people to assume it was someone close to the president and not an unrecognizable Homeland Security staffer.Also on rt.com ‘Everyone is like: ‘Who?’ Trump insider critic ANONYMOUS is revealed to be ‘low-level’ staffer leading to mockery from both sides
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