Stephen Miller uses white nationalist dogwhistle to push Trump’s border wall

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller echoed white nationalist rhetoric to advocate for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall during a rare television appearance on Sunday.

Miller told CBS’ Margaret Brennan that Trump is “absolutely” willing to shut down the government this week if he doesn’t receive funding for his border wall, calling it “a fundamental issue” that will determine “whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country.”

The term “sovereignty” has been used as a white nationalist dogwhistle for decades.

Trump has also claimed immigration threatens American “sovereignty” in numerous tweets since becoming president.

Trump’s senior adviser has a welldocumented history of invoking white nationalism.

Miller, 33, has not done many on-camera interviews since a disastrous January appearance on CNN, after which he refused to leave the studio, and had to be escorted out of the building by security.

After that stormy episode, he was scolded by host Jake Tapper, who reportedly told him, “This is the reason they don’t put you on TV.”

During Sunday’s less eventful appearance on Face The Nation, Miller blamed “left-wing activist judicial rulings” and “reckless, lawless interventions of district court judges” for the hardline immigration policies that the administration says it had to put in place.

He also spoke about the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the seven-year-old girl who died of dehydration this month while in the custody of Customs and Border Control, calling it “a painful reminder of the ongoing humanitarian tragedy that is illegal immigration, and the misery that it spreads.”

Despite Miller’s suggestion that  immigrants — including the undocumented — are responsible for more “misery” and presumably criminality, statistics show they are, in fact, less likely to commit crimes than native-born American citizens.


Source: thinkprogress