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Donald Trump Wants 'Anonymous' Author Miles Taylor to Be Prosecuted

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/28/2020 Jeffery Martin
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie in front of a crowd: On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lambasted Miles Taylor, who criticized Trump in writing under the pen name "Anonymous" as a "sleazebag" who "should be prosecuted." © Isaac Brekken/Getty On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lambasted Miles Taylor, who criticized Trump in writing under the pen name "Anonymous" as a "sleazebag" who "should be prosecuted."

During his second Wednesday rally in the battleground state of Arizona, President Donald Trump told a rally crowd in Phoenix that Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff who revealed himself Wednesday as anti-Trump writer Anonymous, should be prosecuted.

Taylor penned a 2018 op-ed in the New York Times under the Anonymous pseudonym in which he said there was a resistance movement against Trump in the White House. Taylor was also the author of the 2019 book A Warning which purported to describe the inner workings of Trump's administration. In his author bio, Taylor described himself as an "unidentified senior official" in the White House.

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Trump lashed out at Taylor during the rally, calling him a "sleazebag who's never worked in the White House."

"I'll tell you what," Trump added. "This guy, in my opinion, he should be prosecuted."

Newsweek reached out to the Trump re-election campaign for further comment.

Trump, who did not refer to Taylor by his real name during his remarks, said that "Anonymous was a nobody, a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from his job a long time ago for, they tell me, incompetence."

This is a breaking story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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