Miles Taylor, a former DHS chief of staff under Donald Trump, admits one of his “big” worries about the former President winning back the White House is the potential for him to “turn off the internet.”
He made the prediction in an interview with MSNBC host Jen Psaki.
This author must confess, upon hearing social media chatter about Taylor’s comments, an assumption was made that it was a remark meant as a one-off soundbite to feed MSNBC’s rabidly anti-Trump viewers.
But no, he was quite serious about the matter. As was Psaki who admitted that she’s “obsessed” with what kinds of things Trump could do in a second term “without even necessarily breaking the law.”
“What scares you the most?” she asked.
Taylor reveals something that he claims the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gave him “authorization” to mention publicly, and that is a White House item called a “doomsday book.”
“There are concerns that that book, which is supposed to be used to protect the country in instances of armed foreign invasion or rebellion, it’s the president’s most extraordinary powers could be picked up by Trump and used for domestic political purposes,” he said.
“He could invoke powers we’ve never heard a president of the United States invoke potentially to shut down companies, or turn off the internet, or deploy the U.S. military on U.S. soil,” fretted Taylor.
Taylor, Or ‘Anonymous’, Is Very Worried
Taylor, who also served in the administration of President George W. Bush, you may recall, lied about his position to publish an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times bragging that he was “part of the resistance inside the Trump administration.”
And while he may have been a brave warrior in the resistance previously, he is very frightened over what Trump might do with that “doomsday book.”
“We don’t know, because the things that are in there, the emergency powers of the president aren’t widely known to the American people,” Taylor said. “So that’s a big worry for people like me and others about what he could do, but that weaponization of the government could extend across the inner agency to places we haven’t seen it before.”
Yes, he actually just claimed he’s worried about the weaponization of government. Not now, of course, but only under Trump.
Taylor went on to suggest that Trump would use “power and budgets” of various departments in the federal government “to help allies and hurt his enemies.”
Even beyond that, concern that a Republican president might “turn off the internet” when the current President has been actively and relentlessly trying to pressure social media companies to remove content deemed misinformation, including about elections and COVID-19, seems to be limited exclusively to Trump.
Meeting To Stop Trump
An outside observer might wonder how the media and intel community went from “we hope Trump runs because Joe will beat him again” to “we must stop Trump at all costs before he turns off the internet.”
Confidence, it seems, is waning.
Perhaps it’s this Rasmussen poll showing Trump holding a significant 10-point lead over Biden that has the anti-Trump movement getting antsy.
It would appear efforts to “stop Trump” aren’t going so smoothly.
Taylor was part of a group of former Trump administration officials who last year were plotting ways to keep the former President from returning to the White House.
CNN quoted Taylor as saying the group was “overflowing with ideas.”
Apparently, one of those ideas was to claim Trump would “turn off the internet.”
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