Trump Blasted by Former Staffer Miles Taylor for Deceptive Fundraising Payment Scheme
National security expert and ex-Trump administration official Miles Miles criticized a fundraising tactic that the former president's reelection campaign used to collect recurring payments from donors on Sunday, following the publication of a New York Times report that brought the scheme to light.
"Donald Trump is the master of the politics of personal destruction," said Taylor during an MSNBC appearance Sunday morning, paraphrasing previous remarks to which he credited President Joe Biden's eldest son, Hunter Biden.
Taylor, who served as chief of staff to the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen until 2019, was targeted by Trump and his supporters after publicly denouncing Biden's predecessor. More than one year after his departure from the Department of Homeland Security, Taylor revealed himself to be the "anonymous" insider behind an expository Times opinion piece, and subsequent book, censuring Trump and his administration.
Responding to the recent Times report—which detailed a confusing fundraising stratagem wherein campaign donors unwittingly found themselves giving repeated payments to Trump's reelection bid—Taylor called the former president's administration a "scam" and said the same of his second-term run for office.
"This man is a grifter, he's a con artist and he's cruel," Taylor said. "We have to look back at this period and learn a lesson, and see the total damage done by bad rhetoric coming from our nation's leaders, and how much of an effect it can have on our country and our own civility as Americans."
On Saturday, the Times reported that many of Trump's campaign donors—including a Kansas City man battling cancer while in hospice care—intended to offer one-time payments to the presidential bid, but realized later that thousands of dollars had been collected from their bank accounts via an illusive recurring donation system.