Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor has announced his departure from the Republican Party.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner, the former Trump administration staffer has a history of frustration with Republicans and made his final decision earlier this week.
Taylor caused a fuss in 2018 when he said he was part of “the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” in what was meant to be an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times.
The Homeland Security chief of staff later admitted to being the author of the story, as well as an anonymous book titled, A Warning, which argued against the reelection of former President Donald Trump.
In a Tuesday tweet, he wrote, “I’m done. 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.”
In a subsequent tweet, he linked an article he penned Monday for NBC News.
“In the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday, it’s become glaringly obvious that my party no longer represents conservative values but in fact poses a threat to them — and to America,” he wrote.
“This is not the Republican Party I signed up for,” he said, referencing what he called fringe and conspiratorial beliefs taking root in the party’s leadership.
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 his article, he referenced Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) tweet after the tragic shooting in Buffalo, New York.
“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them,” she wrote.
the former Trump staffer took the time to contrast Cheney’s comments with those of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who he said echoes “extremist sentiments in her own campaign ads.”
The Republican National Committee press secretary responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment, saying “Who?”