What’s the deal with Stephen Miller?

What’s the deal with Stephen Miller?

Late last year, a story broke about Stephen Miller and his affection for ‘White Nationalism‘. The proof is all in the emails and Miller’s emails are a much BIGGER deal than Hilary’s emails could ever be. It would likely STILL be front page news if it wasn’t for this Covid-19 disaster, but people got distracted. This story matters because Stephen Miller has been assisting the Trump Administration in the design of immigration policy. It is even believed that Stephen Miller has total control over the direction of immigration policy:

…an adviser with total authority over a single issue that has come to define an entire Administration. “We have never had a President who ran, and won, on immigration,” Muzaffar Chishti, of the Migration Policy Institute, told me. “And he’s kept his promise on immigration.” Miller, who was a speechwriter during the campaign, is now Trump’s longest-serving senior aide. He is also an Internet meme, a public scourge, and a catch-all symbol of the racism and malice of the current government. In a cast of exceptionally polarizing officials, he has embraced the role of archvillain. Miller can be found shouting over interviewers on the weekend news shows or berating reporters in the White House briefing room; he has also vowed to quell a “deep state” conspiracy against Trump. When he’s not accusing journalists of harboring a “cosmopolitan bias” or denying that the Statue of Liberty symbolizes America’s identity as a nation of immigrants, he is shaping policy and provoking the President’s most combative impulses.

Jonathan Blitzer for The New Yorker

If you need to catch up on the terrible contents of Stephen Miller’s emails and how he has been palling around with Nazis, check out these clips:

Why Steve? Why?? Why do you have to hang out with White Nationalists??

Rachel Maddow provides another in-depth explanation about Miller’s emails:

STEVE!!! White Nationalists are BAD PEOPLE! Once you finish helping them reach their goals, they will come after you next. Don’t believe them when they tell you that you “are one of the good ones”.

Stephen Miller practices Conservative Judaism, and we think that is great. Studying the Tanakh is GOOD. Studying Nazi ideology is bad. The sooner people stop studying Nazi ideology, the better. The Nazis had bad ideas. A lot of bad ideas.
100% of Rabbis agree that their Sacred Writings are NOT compatible with White Nationalism

25 Jewish members of Congress have demanded that Stephen Miller be fired from the Trump Administration. They have a point. There is nothing more UNAMERICAN than spreading bigotry and racism. Here is the text of the letter that was sent to Trump from the concerned members of Congress:

Dear Mr. President:

As Jewish members of Congress, we are calling on you to immediately relieve White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller of all government responsibilities and dismiss him from your Administration. His documented support for white nationalist and virulently anti-immigrant tropes is wholly unacceptable and disqualifying for a government employee.

As demonstrated by his recently released emails, Miller frequently disseminated the views of multiple hate groups supportive of white supremacy and other vile ideologies throughout 2016. His distribution of materials fear-mongering about “white genocide” and supporting eugenics-based immigration theories are particularly disturbing given his leadership of your Administration’s immigration policies. With America experiencing historic levels of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism, and white supremacy, there should be no place in our government and on any President’s staff for people propagating such views.

We are also deeply troubled that your Administration is claiming that legitimate criticism of Miller is anti-Semitic simply because Miller is Jewish. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hateful ideology is not just unacceptable, it is un-American, irrespective of the faith, race, or nationality of the individual promoting it. Weaponizing anti-Semitism is incredibly dangerous – by muddying the waters, we are no longer able to see and fight against the real anti-Semites in our midst.

We will not now, or ever, accept intolerance or hate anywhere within our government, and especially not in the White House. On behalf of the American taxpayers from our districts contributing to Miller’s salary, we urge you to immediately dismiss Stephen Miller from his duties and the White House.

Congressman Brad Schneider

Representative Kim Schrier from Washington’s 8th Congressional District had some harsh words for Miller when she spoke about the situation on NPR. In this interview, Schrier rejected the idea that it was anti-Semitic to suggest that Stephen Miller was promoting anti-Semitic white nationalist ideas. You can hear a portion of that NPR interview here:

Kim Schrier is horrified, but not surprised.

Over 100 Democrat members of Congress also demanded that Miller be fired. You can see the formal letter of request along with the signatures here:

And what have we heard from Republican members of congress? Mostly, it has been the sound of crickets, although in fairness, Senator Lindsey Graham had something to say:

“As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere. He’s been an outlier for years,” Graham told reporters as he entered a meeting of more than a dozen senators from both parties who have worked since the shutdown began to carve out space for a compromise. “I’ve talked with the president — his heart is right on this issue,” Graham said. “He’s got a good understanding of what will sell, and every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members.” …While Miller has “evolved on a pathway to citizenship,” Graham added, “his view of immigration has never been in the mainstream in the Senate.”

Politico

What is the above quote telling us? It tells us that Miller is a problem for Republicans. Even more, it reveals that Trump doesn’t even have control over Stephen Miller. It actually appears as if Trump must run any deals past Miller first and that Miller has a pretty huge veto stamp. Does Trump know that we know?

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