The White House is standing by senior adviser Stephen Miller as he faces calls from dozens of Democrats to resign after newly released emails showed he promoted white nationalist ideas and championed xenophobic rhetoric through the conservative website Breitbart before taking his role in the Trump administration.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published summaries of hundreds of emails Miller sent to Katie McHugh, a former editor at Breitbart News, containing links and references to neo-nazi and far-right websites, with a majority of the focus on immigration and immigrant crimes.
The SPLC report claimed Miller emailed Breitbart more than 900 times between 2015 and 2016. The non-profit claims the emails showed Miller “promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols” following the 2015 Charleston, S.C., church shooting. (The gunman in that attack was a white supremacist and killed nine African-Americans.) Miller also shared with McHugh links to VDare, which publishes white nationalist ideology.
The report also noted that Miller shared xenophobic conspiracy theories and eugenics-era immigration laws that Adolf Hitler lauded in “Mein Kampf.”
In a statement, the chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) labeled Miller a white nationalist and bemoaned his influence on government policy.
“We feel like it is up to us to point out the obvious — someone who writes, talks, and governs like a white nationalist is in fact a white nationalist,” the caucus leaders said. “Stephen Miller is a white nationalist and he has no business serving in the White House.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started an online petition to collect signatures calling for Miller’s resignation.
“Stephen Miller, Trump’s architect of mass human rights abuses at the border (including child separation & detention camps w/ child fatalities) has been exposed as a bonafide white nationalist,” she tweeted. “He’s still at the White House shaping US immigration policy. Miller must resign. Now.”
“Each day we allow a white nationalist to be in charge of US immigration policy is a day where thousands of children & families lives are in danger,” she wrote.
Stephen Miller, Trump’s architect of mass human rights abuses at the border (including child separation & detention camps w/ child fatalities) has been exposed as a bonafide white nationalist.
He’s still at the White House shaping US immigration policy.
Miller must resign. Now. https://t.co/hwjy1xl6D4
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 12, 2019
Hillary Clinton retweeted the report and called Miller “an avowed white supremacist.”
In one exchange from September 2015, Miller references “Camp of Saints,” a dystopian French novel that depicts the decay of Western civilization at the hands of immigrants. The racist book describes migrants as, quote, “kinky-haired, swarthy-skinned, long-despised phantoms” and as “teeming ants toiling for the white man’s comfort.” Miller successfully pushed Breitbart to do a story showing parallels between the book and real life.
“I work with Stephen. I know Stephen. He loves this country and hates bigotry in all forms – and it deeply concerns me as to why so many on the left consistently attack Jewish members of this Administration,” deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.