When Tuesday's Hatewatch blog published by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that Stephen Miller had repeatedly spread racist and explicitly nationalist content in 2015 and 2016, President Donald Trump's senior political advisor did not need confirmation from his boss or colleagues that his job was safe. Practically everyone in the building already knew it.
"Stephen is not going anywhere," a senior White House official said on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the story became viral. "The president has his back."
Since then, six other high-ranking Trump administration officials who know that Miller is in contact with the president and senior executives, have told The Daily Beast individually that the story does not endanger Miller's position or change Trump's favorable view of him. Two of them literally laughed at the mere suggestion that the Hatewatch exposé might overthrow or hobble the top Trump advisor.
Katie McHugh, a disgraced former Breitbart employee who provided Hatewatch with a source of emails, told the blog Miller personally had received for her. In July 201
The White House has openly turned to an apparently absurd defense from Miller, the White House president's speechwriter and immigration deterrent, with several prominent Democrats denouncing Miller or demanding his resignation following the Hatewatch report." On Friday, Buzzfeed reported that Department of Justice and Homeland Security officials dismissed Miller's emails as "disgusting" evidence that the Trump aide is leading a racist business and deserves to be pushed out of the administration.
But according to Trumpworld, they are Liberals who criticize Miller, who engage in obvious prejudice and hatred, and not the high-ranking Trump aide, who uncritically shared white supremacist and anti-immigrant material from websites such as VDARE and later helped shape the president has catastrophic policy of separation of migrant families at de r southern border of the USA.
"I work with Stephen," said Hogan Gidley, deputy chief press officer of the White House, on Thursday of the New York Times . "I know Stephen. He loves this country and hates bigotry in any form – and I care about why so many leftists consistently attack Jewish members of that government.
According to White House logic, Miller, who is a Jew, could also be charged with anti-Semitism. According to two people who have heard Miller ridiculing immigration for a long time, many of the favorite targets for Miller's wrath happen to be Jews too. One of his biggest Bêtes Noires in recent years was Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, largely due to the support of the internet entrepreneur for the reform of immigration during the presidency of Barack Obama. The follow-up released on Thursday may have The depths of Miller's racist, intellectual pedigree are detailed. The leaked emails between Miller and the pro-Trump website Breitbart show how aggressively he used his former position – while working in the then-Sen's office. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) – to promote the genre of extremist, far-right agitprop that sometimes officially rejects Team Trump. However, the extent of Miller's views and xenophobia has been publicly visible for years. Just look at his story and his political career in the Trump era.
Since 2015, Miller has been instrumental in translating Trump's anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric into actual politics. In the summer of that same year, Trump's presidential campaign published a widely acclaimed "White Paper" on immigration policy, published after months of criticism that the campaign was anything but enjoyable and lacked real politics. As The Daily Beast previously reported, Miller was the lead author of the White Paper – although he had not officially joined the campaign.
In the years since then, Miller has been a major driver, if not the architect, of some of President Trump's most brutal policies and proposals, including the "Muslim ban" and the separation of immigrant families. Miller routinely advocates drastically reducing legal immigration and reducing the number of refugees Washington will allow into the country. He urged a purge of senior administrators and other immigration officials who were considered insufficiently hard. And toward the end of Trump's first year in office, Miller successfully worked behind the scenes to kill a deal the President had provisionally closed with Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill to protect DREAMers from deportation .
In his past, as a communication worker on the hill, he was widely known as a prominent source, ideological travel companion and – as some would joke – as a "commissioned editor" for conservative media opposing the dynamics of the Obama era toward one Reform of non-partisan immigration. Of course, the Obama years ended without the adoption of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, thanks in large part to politicians, activists and activists such as Miller. As he rose to his power and influence in the executive, he initially sought to maintain friendly relations with journalists, not just the right-wing Trump Assistant – speaking to certain political reporters who dealt with the administration to show off her good side, and sometimes met in public in bars like Off The Record at the luxury hotel Hay-Adams, within walking distance of the White House. This is evident from two sources who are informed about his interactions with the press. For example, Miller in a conversation with Washington Post reporters lightheartedly said they were "no false news" as New York Times reporter. On several occasions it was also known that he used the same management in staff at -times but the names of the two competing news agencies were swapped.
But times have changed since the end of 2017 Over the last two years, Trump's senior policy adviser has become much more cautious and, as The Daily Beast previously reported, is incredibly cautious today about what he says on the phone because he fears the phone call might be recorded to be used against him the future. (To be fair, this is not an irrational fear that should be in the upper echelons of Trumpworld.) Miller has also stopped having frequent contact with most of his political allies outside the administration, and regularly speaks to significantly fewer reporters as previously . For those who know him, he enjoys keeping his pool of potential spills as small as possible.
"The few times he has publicly seen were as exaggerated as possible to defend Trump and his advocacy for his policies," said Cliff Sims, Trump's former director of the White House's news strategy, earlier this year. "Ultimately, he prefers to keep his head down and work behind the scenes. Then he is the most effective. "