The Trump administration is packed to the bursting with monsters of all stripes, from garden variety opportunists willing to overlook the devastation the president is wreaking on our Republic to gleefully sadistic creatures looking to inflict misery on people they see as less than themselves. Trump’s Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller falls firmly within the latter group.
This cryptofascist toad has long been one of the more potent hardline reactionaries within this administration, and his incredibly xenophobic and racist beliefs have spread like a virus throughout the apparatus of American government. It should come as little surprise then that a new report from the Hatewatch arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center has uncovered emails from Miller which express fondness for white nationalism.
Between 2015 and 2016 Miller communicated with the far-right propaganda website Breitbart News. As the SPLC explains, some of the Miller emails included writings from the white nationalist website VDARE and the crackpot fringe site Infowars, a recommendation for “The Camp of the Saints” a book popular among white nationalists which pushes the racist Great Replacement conspiracy theory, and a crowing approval for an article on Hispanic crime statistics which was written by a white nationalist.
In the wake of the mass shooting carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof on a Black church, Miller voiced concerns over the decision by Amazon to pull Confederate flags from their website as well as concerns over the campaign to remove Confederate statues. On top of all that, Miller expressed a keen interest in pointing out that Chris Harper-Mercer, a mass shooter with white supremacist beliefs, was in fact “mixed race.” Hatewatch adds that many of the emails are littered with slang and jargon lifted straight from white nationalist literature.
The emails were leaked to Hatewatch by Katie McHugh, a former editor at Breitbart who was eventually fired for shockingly Islamaphobic tweets but who now claims to have had a change of heart and disavowed her place in the far right. She emailed back and forth with Miller on numerous occasions, sometimes starting the conversations and other times responding to his suggestions for stories to cover.
“What Stephen Miller sent to me in those emails has become policy at the Trump administration,” McHugh said to Hatewatch.
Hatewatch reportedly trawled through over 900 emails sent by Miller to Breitbart. Most of the emails were sent before Miller attached himself like a putrid barnacle to the hull of the Trump campaign, back when he was still working for then-Senator Jeff Sessions. Hatewatch’s investigators discovered that roughly 80% of those emails were centered around race or immigration, revealing the obsessive manner in which Miller approaches these topics. Explains Michael Edison Hayden for Hatewatch:
“Miller’s perspective on race and immigration across the emails is repetitious. When discussing crime, which he does scores of times, Miller focuses on offenses committed by nonwhites. On immigration, he touches solely on the perspective of severely limiting or ending nonwhite immigration to the United States. Hatewatch was unable to find any examples of Miller writing sympathetically or even in neutral tones about any person who is nonwhite or foreign-born.”
As stomach-churning as these revelations are, they’re in perfect keeping with what we know about Miller and the course we’ve seen this administration chart since Inauguration Day. This is a White House that delights in perpetrating pointless acts of cruelty on nonwhite people. It’s a destructive, authoritarian behemoth with a pulsing white nationalist heart. There is no reasoning with warped, perverted souls like Stephen Miller. The only recourse for decent Americans is to vote Donald Trump out and send all of his cretinous little minions scuttling back to their parents’ basements.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.