“People ask me this all the time, ‘Why the hell did you stay?’ ” explains Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security under the Trump administration and founder of the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR). “And my response is: If you saw what was happening, why the hell wouldn’t you stay if you cared about your country?” On today’s episode, Miles Taylor gives Sarah and Steve an inside scoop as to what it’s like working for a president who constantly gives you orders to break the law and who believes he has “magical powers” to do whatever he wants. The most frustrating part of his job as DHS chief of staff, he said, was watching high officials who expressed disdain for the president in private but refused to speak up when it mattered most. “There was another time that we were in [the Oval Office] and he went off on a tirade about the Mexicans,” Taylor explains, “In the conversations he said, ‘Look, Mexico is just a total hellhole, isn’t it? It’s just a total hellhole.’ And he kind of looked around the room for agreement, and he was like, ‘Right? You know I can’t say [expletive]hole countries anymore but it’s a hellhole, right?” Taylor said most people in the room—except for one official who Taylor didn’t name—laughed it off and nodded rather than standing up to the president.

Taylor said he and his colleagues went into that administration recognizing that Donald Trump was a man of pretty poor character, but there was a hope that the office itself would perhaps change the president for the better. “I really think once he had the powers of the presidency, he got drunk on the powers of the presidency and they did not have that sobering effect, they had a very inebriating effect on President Trump and magnified some of his worst impulses.” Tune in to hear Miles explain what it’s like having a Trump tweet change the trajectory of your entire day as a DHS staffer, whether Republicans should vote for Biden this election cycle, and how REPAIR hopes to fix the GOP in the post-Trump era. If anything, tune just in to hear Taylor explain why “every single day in the Donald Trump administration was a pride swallowing siege.”

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  1. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    “People ask me this all the time, ‘Why the hell did you stay?’ ”

    I’ll take “Things that never happened for $1,000, Alex.”

    On today’s episode, Miles Taylor gives Sarah and Steve an inside scoop as to what it’s like working for a president who constantly gives you orders to break the law and who believes he has “magical powers” to do whatever he wants. The most frustrating part of his job as DHS chief of staff, he said, was watching high officials who expressed disdain for the president in private but refused to speak up when it mattered most. “There was another time that we were in [the Oval Office] and he went off on a tirade about the Mexicans,” Taylor explains, “In the conversations he said, ‘Look, Mexico is just a total hellhole, isn’t it? It’s just a total hellhole.’ And he kind of looked around the room for agreement, and he was like, ‘Right? You know I can’t say [expletive]hole countries anymore but it’s a hellhole, right?” Taylor said most people in the room—except for one official who Taylor didn’t name—laughed it off and nodded rather than standing up to the president.

    I believe none of this. Oh, look: more unnamed officials!

    What garbage. No surprise who’s peddling it.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 12:41 PM PDT
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  2. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    I had to look up this REPAIR group. Anyone surprised:

    The Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR) is a group of former senior U.S. government officials and conservatives—including from the Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43, and Trump administrations—who are committed to advancing a more hopeful vision of America’s future.

    The Alliance brings together thought leaders and stakeholders to focus on a return to principles-based governing in the post-Trump era. REPAIR also cultivates and promotes diverse viewpoints across the conservative spectrum on issues ranging from national security and foreign policy to social unrest and democratic institutions.

    REPAIR is a project of Defending Democracy Together.

    Do we need to go over who “Defending Democracy Together” is?

    Details here: https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/defending-democracy-together/

    Oh, look! It’s the usual set of Trump-hating grifters, particularly Bill Kristol and Charlie Sykes.

    Also:

    Defending Democracy Together has been criticized for taking at least $600,000 in two grants from Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) group created and funded by left-wing mega-donor Pierre Omidyar.[16] According to Democracy Fund Voice’s website, in May 2018 it “approved two grants to Defending Democracy Together: first in the amount of up to $100,000 over one year and then in the amount of up to $500,000 over one year” (image available here). [17]

    As of January 2020, however, Democracy Fund Voice’s website notes that it awarded up to $1.6 million in grants to DDT in 2018. [18]

    DDT received $1.6 million in two grants from Democracy Fund Voice in 2018, according to the latter’s 2018 IRS Form 990 filing. The grants were for, respectively, “general operating support” and “research and advocacy to restore faith in U.S. democracy.” [19]

    DDT also received $75,000 from the Hopewell Fund in 2018 for “civil rights, social action, [and] advocacy.” [20] The Hopewell Fund is part of a $600 million network of left-wing funding nonprofits managed by Arabella Advisors in Washington, D.C.

    Good grief. It’s leftists and grifters all the way down. Can we stop pretending these fake Republicans with their pearl-clutching over the President are honest brokers?

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    • September 18, 2020, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  3. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Arabella Advisors, people. Known for creating hundreds of fake non-profit organizations.

    The company touts that it helps its donor clients develop and implement programs and campaigns that produce left-of-center-social and policy changes. The company brings its wide-range of left-wing nonprofits together to collaborate and exchange ideas on how to implement left-of-center policies.

    . . .

    In practice, Arabella Advisors’ fiscal sponsorship means sponsoring hundreds of “fake” groups via Arabella’s four in-house nonprofits; these “fake” groups are little more than websites designed to look like standalone nonprofits. Since Arabella’s inception, it’s sponsored roughly 340 such groups. These “fake” groups rarely disclose their relationship to Arabella Advisors or any of its four in-house nonprofits; nevertheless, many of them accept donations from the public, funds which go to Arabella’s nonprofits. This system also allows these groups to hide their funders, since it’s virtually impossible to trace individual grants to Arabella’s four nonprofits to any particular “fake” group.

    Hopewell Fund, folks:

    The Hopewell Fund, like all four nonprofits managed by the for-profit consultancy Arabella Advisors, primarily exists to sponsor a number of “fake” groups: websites designed to look like standalone nonprofits. These “fake” groups rarely become fully-fledged nonprofits; instead, they typically exist to effect an issue advocacy campaign pushing left-wing policies and may disappear after the campaign is finished. The Hopewell Fund is one of the newer of Arabella’s four nonprofits, founded in 2015, and most of the “fake” groups it sponsors are focused on expanding abortion access and criticizing President Donald Trump’s healthcare policies.

    So many fake non-profits suddenly popping up, pretending to be Republicans, all concern-trolling about the Trump administration.

    Fake fake fake fake fake.

    In these trying times, use http://www.influencewatch.org to keep track of all these groups. It’s amazing how many supposedly “Republican” groups are thoroughly leftist.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 12:57 PM PDT
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  4. Bishop Wash Member

    Ricochet Audio Network: “I really think once he had the powers of the presidency, he got drunk on the powers of the presidency and they did not have that sobering effect, they had a very inebriating effect on President Trump and magnified some of his worst impulses.”

    Sure. The guy who would accept legal pushback for his policies, such as the travel ban, and change the policies. The guy who left most of the Wu Flu decision making to the governors, where it belongs, instead of creating another federal agency. Sounds like another guild member upset that someone from outside the guild was getting positive results by upsetting the apple cart.

    Ricochet Audio Network: Tune in to hear Miles explain what it’s like having a Trump tweet change the trajectory of your entire day as a DHS staffer, whether Republicans should vote for Biden this election cycle, and how REPAIR hopes to fix the GOP in the post-Trump era.

    Oh yes, tell me why I should vote for Sundown Joe and why we need to return to the “Kinder and Gentler/Compassionate” Conservative GOP of the Bushes.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 1:33 PM PDT
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  5. CarolJoy, Thread Hijacker Coolidge

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    “People ask me this all the time, ‘Why the hell did you stay?’ ”

    I’ll take “Things that never happened for $1,000, Alex.”

    On today’s episode, Miles Taylor gives Sarah and Steve an inside scoop as to what it’s like working for a president who constantly gives you orders to break the law and who believes he has “magical powers” to do whatever he wants. The most frustrating part of his job as DHS chief of staff, he said, was watching high officials who expressed disdain for the president in private but refused to speak up when it mattered most. “There was another time that we were in [the Oval Office] and he went off on a tirade about the Mexicans,” Taylor explains, “In the conversations he said, ‘Look, Mexico is just a total hellhole, isn’t it? It’s just a total hellhole.’ And he kind of looked around the room for agreement, and he was like, ‘Right? You know I can’t say [expletive]hole countries anymore but it’s a hellhole, right?” Taylor said most people in the room—except for one official who Taylor didn’t name—laughed it off and nodded rather than standing up to the president.

    I believe none of this. Oh, look: more unnamed officials!

    What garbage. No surprise who’s peddling it.

    Sort of strange the unnamed officials had time for Jonah when they could have been on the phone with a New York Times editor, or someone at The Washington Post. These unnamed officials are very much in demand these days, so I hope Jonah is extra appreciative of being able to schedule time with them.

    Without the unnamed officials there would be no fake news, which would mean no news at all. (At least in terms of the New York Times or WaPo.) And by now that “no news” thing-ee would be a relief.

    Next week’s briefing to Jonah by unnamed officials: May 2017 – how this was the month that Pres Trump hid Melania in an underground tunnel near the WH, only letting her out when she admitted she would never disagree with him about the color of curtains in the Oval Office again. (To be titled, “How the President got his way with the curtains in the Oval Office.”)

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    • September 18, 2020, at 3:14 PM PDT
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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    I just can’t tell if the Displatchers are naïve chumps, or if they already knew that REPAIR was a Democrat front group, and they didn’t care, because “Orange Man Bad” is the narrative they wish to promote.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 3:38 PM PDT
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  7. Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng…Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The are not losers, they are liars. 

    Considering how set someone going against Trump is, considering it is the norm, it is what the majority of people with power want, there is no downside to being on the record other than Trump will tweat at you. 

    This is just sick. 

    But hey, what else do you expect from someone who’s whole life has been handed too him, who has never had to work a real job for any time, who just got into the easy job of being a pundit because of Mommy and Daddy. 

    Great work if you can get it. 

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    • September 18, 2020, at 4:18 PM PDT
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  8. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    If anything, tune just in to hear Taylor explain why “every single day in the Donald Trump administration was a pride swallowing siege.”

    Too effing bad. You should have quit. You are a man without honor. I won’t even call you a man because real men aren’t gossipy little weasels about their employers. Like Vindman, too many unelected people in Washington think they should be able to set policy, and not the President.

    Washington seems to be filled with vindictive little backstabbing fifth grade girls.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 4:20 PM PDT
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  9. Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng…Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ginsburg is dead.

    Jonah still wants Biden to win I bet because he is not really conservaitve, he is a technocrat

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    • September 18, 2020, at 5:09 PM PDT
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  10. Franco Member
    FrancoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ricochet Audio Network: “There was another time that we were in [the Oval Office] and he went off on a tirade about the Mexicans,” Taylor explains, “In the conversations he said, ‘Look, Mexico is just a total hellhole, isn’t it? It’s just a total hellhole.’ And he kind of looked around the room for agreement, and he was like, ‘Right? You know I can’t say [expletive]hole countries anymore but it’s a hellhole, right?” Taylor said most people in the room—except for one official who Taylor didn’t name—laughed it off and nodded rather than standing up to the President.

     

    So calling Mexico a “ hellhole” is “going off” on Mexicans ? This is very sloppy thinking. But these people thrive on that kind of thing. They know what they are doing, but those who follow them don’t. Think Rachel Madow and you won’t be far wrong. This way they are the smartest ones in the room because they cultivate stupidity in their followers. 

    I’m imagining how the “standing up”to the President might look like: “Sir, Mexico is a beautiful country.The scuba diving in Cozumel is so amazing I almost missed the excursion bus back to the cruise ship. Every waiter, porter, maid and driver treated me wonderfully. In the town there were fabulous bargains to be had, and the merchants were falling all over themselves being so gracious to us ugly American tourists. How dare you sir!”

     

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    • September 18, 2020, at 6:11 PM PDT
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  11. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    I think I will give this one a miss and cancel my Dispatch membership.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 6:59 PM PDT
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  12. Quintus Sertorius Coolidge

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    I think I will give this one a miss and cancel my Dispatch membership.

    I think I am right behind you. I like the news blasts in my email but other than that The Dispatch is basically NPR lite….I thought they would call balls and strikes….give real news that critiques and analyzes both sides but instead the main goal is to be a critique of the right and the Republican Party only……I get that from every direction every day….don’t need a membership for that. 

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    • September 19, 2020, at 5:27 AM PDT
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  13. Franco Member
    FrancoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Traitors and grifters. Armitage who leaked Valerie Plane’s name to the media and then stood by and let Scooter Libby be prosecuted for it. This is a FACT.
    Look to see what Defense Contractor boards these guys are on, and with whom. They don’t want to “Repair” the Republican Party , they just want to line their pockets and they care not for the death and destruction of American soldiers.

    Other notables ; Anthony Scaramucci (!) who is listed as former WH communication director, a job he held for 11 days. Probably Trumps worst hire, which is saying something. Then there’s Evan Mc Mullin whose decade as a CIA operative is barely mentioned or his pathetic Presidential candidacy designed explicitly to delivythe Electoral College to Hillary Clinton. These people are TRAITORS to the GOP if not America. Liars and frauds.

    Go ahead see who these people work for and the whole thing comes into focus.

    Donald Trump being their enemy shows me he’s the perfect President for today. 

     

     

     

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    • September 19, 2020, at 6:32 AM PDT
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  14. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Franco (View Comment):
    Then there’s Evan Mc Mullin whose decade as a CIA operative is barely mentioned or his pathetic Presidential candidacy designed explicitly to deliver the Electoral College to Hillary Clinton.

    Also a deadbeat who stiffed his campaign staff and still owes $650,000.

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    • September 19, 2020, at 7:09 AM PDT
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