Stephen Miller's Racist Emails Are an Outrage Even by 2019 Standards - 2019-11-13
Migrant justice activists have been sounding alarm bells about Stephen Miller for years. When he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and then his administration, those alarms rang all the louder—especially given how much direct influence Miller is reported to have over the administration's immigration policies.
This week, a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Michael Edison Hayden revealed, in exquisite detail, just how fluent Miller is in white nationalist discourse. Before he joined the administration, he sought to spread white nationalist ideas through the media, by sending links to far-right and white nationalist websites as well as sharing his thoughts on a racist novel with Katie McHugh, then a Breitbart News staffer.
From certain quarters, the reaction to the report, based on a tranche of 900 emails shared with Hayden by McHugh, who has renounced the so-called alt-right after her sojourn through it, has been largely predictable. While left-wing Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have called on Miller to resign, the White House has responded by calling the SPLC "an utterly-discredited, long-debunked far-left smear organization," telling the Washington Post that "they are beneath public discussion." Even more insidiously, Trump administration staffers are telling reporters on background that criticism of Miller is anti-Semitic.