For most people, White House aide Stephen Miller appeared on the political radar only recently — if they've even heard of him at all.
His face adorned the front pages of many national and international news websites after he decided to push President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated and absurd voter fraud claims on ABC News, citing “academic research” and “an astonishing statistic.”
“There are mass numbers of noncitizens in this country who are registered to vote,” Miller, the 31-year-old Trump adviser, told George Stephanopoulos. “That is a scandal. We should stop the presses. And as a country we should be aghast about the fact that you have people who have no right to vote in this country, registered to vote, canceling out the vote of lawful citizens of this country.”
Not matter how he spun it, his tirade failed to make any sense, but that does not mean he is someone who should be taken lightly.
Miller was also the one who criticized the U.S. court ruling blocking Trump's executive order on immigration as a "judicial usurpation of power" and said the administration is considering a range of options, including a new order.
On the surface, Miller might appear to be just another staffer pushing the commander-in-chief’s notorious lies, but in reality, he is much more than just a mouthpiece. Actually, though covert, he just might be one of the most powerful emerging players in the West Wing.
Firstly, Miller, who grew up in liberal Santa Monica and graduated from Duke University in 2007, went from being an obscure character on Capitol Hill to the senior adviser to the president on national policies in a very short amount of time.
Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
For those unaware, along with White House chief strategist and “holy” warmonger Stephen Bannon, Miller had a leading role in drafting the controversial travel ban restricting people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
On election trail, the conservative Californian worked as speechwriter and policy director for the Trump campaign, according to the Politico.
Like most of his peers in the Trump administration, he too likes to dabble in insane conspiracy theories and supports white nationalism.
As the Telegraph reported, during his high school days, Miller tried to initiate a campaign against multiculturalism and reprimanded his local radio stations for making announcements in Spanish.
He also wrote a column titled “A Time to Kill” for his school newspaper in an effort to spark fears against those who follow Islam.
“We have all heard about how peaceful and benign the Islamic religion is, but no matter how many times you say that, it cannot change the fact that millions of radical Muslims would celebrate your death for the simple reason that you are Christian, Jewish or American,” he wrote.
When he got to Duke University, Miller continued writing columns with undertones of white supremacy.
“No one claims that racism is extinct — but it is endangered,” he opined in 2005. “And if we are to entirely extract this venom of prejudice from the United States, I proclaim Americanism to be the key.”
His biweekly contribution to the student paper tackled everything ranging from political correctness, which he vehemently opposed, to the gender pay gap, where he argued paying men and women equally would hurt businesses.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, alt-right leader and Duke alum Richard Spencer said he considered himself a “mentor” to Miller — a claim the White House aide forcefully denied, claiming he condemned Spencer’s views and had no relationship with him.
After graduation, Miller started working former Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and later Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the recently appointed U.S. attorney general with a history of racism and prejudice toward minority communities.
To be honest, at this point, the entire Trump administration looks like a pack of white supremacists who have no idea how to effectively run a government and provide relief to the public but have a very clear strategy on how to treat the minorities in Trump’s America.
It is terrifying.
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