Miles Taylor Reveals the Truth About Trump’s Hit List as He Calls It a Clear and Present Danger

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As former President Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican field for the 2024 presidential nomination, some of his former aides are sounding the alarm about the dangers of his potential second term, especially for the U.S. intelligence community.

According to a report by Newsweek on Monday, February 26, 2024, Trump has repeatedly expressed his distrust and disdain for the intelligence agencies, accusing them of being part of a “deep state” conspiracy against him.

He has also clashed with his own intelligence officials over issues such as Russian interference in the 2016 election, the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the most vocal critics of Trump’s attitude towards the intelligence community is Dan Coats, who served as the director of national intelligence (DNI) from 2017 to 2019.

Coats was fired by Trump after publicly contradicting him on several occasions, such as when he warned of the ongoing threat posed by Russia and North Korea.

In a recent interview with Politico, Coats expressed his grave concerns about what Trump would do to the intelligence community if he returned to the White House.

He said that Trump’s disregard for the facts and his willingness to share classified information with foreign adversaries could put lives at risk.

“People’s lives could be lost,” Coats told Politico, referring to the sources and assets who provide vital information to the U.S. “He doesn’t understand the importance of it, he doesn’t understand the sensitivity of it, he doesn’t understand the consequences of it.”

Coats is not the only former Trump aide who has spoken out against his former boss.

Alyssa Farah Griffin, who served as the White House communications director and the Pentagon press secretary under Trump, said that Trump’s influence is causing “brain rot” in America.

In an appearance on CNN, Griffin said that Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories are eroding the trust and confidence of the American people in their institutions and democracy. She urged other Republicans to stand up to Trump and defend the truth.

“We’re running out of time,” Griffin said. “We have to have leaders who are willing to say this is not OK, this is not normal, this is not American.”

Another former Trump official who has warned of the perils of his second term is Miles Taylor, who served as the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.

Taylor, who revealed himself as the anonymous author of a 2018 New York Times op-ed that criticized Trump’s leadership, said that Trump’s plans to purge the government of his perceived enemies would have serious implications for national security.

In an op-ed for USA Today, Taylor said that Trump’s allies are preparing a “hit list” of officials to be fired or replaced if he wins in 2024.

He said that this would create a “loyalty test” for the federal workforce and undermine the professionalism and expertise of the civil service.

“This is not hyperbole,” Taylor wrote. “This is a clear and present danger to our country.”

The former Trump aides’ warnings come as Trump remains the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination, with no credible challenger emerging so far.

According to a recent poll by Morning Consult, Trump has the support of 54 percent of Republican voters, followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with 12 percent and former Vice President Mike Pence with 8 percent.

Trump has not officially announced his candidacy, but he has hinted at his intentions in several rallies and statements.

He has also continued to spread the false claim that he won the 2020 election and that it was stolen from him by widespread fraud.

Trump’s supporters have echoed his allegations and have called for audits and investigations of the election results in several states.

Despite the lack of evidence and the rejection of dozens of lawsuits by the courts. Some of Trump’s allies have also suggested that he could be reinstated as president before 2024, a scenario that has no legal or constitutional basis.

The former Trump aides have urged the American people to reject Trump’s lies and to hold him accountable for his actions.

They have also called on the Congress and the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute Trump for any crimes he may have committed while in office, such as inciting the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

They have warned that if Trump is allowed to run again and win, he would pose an existential threat to the U.S. democracy and the rule of law. “He will not change,” Coats said. “He will be worse.”

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