Stephen Miller

Senior Aide to the President

  • 2006-2007 As a student at Duke University:
    • Accuses Maya Angelou of “racial paranoia” and describes a Chicano student group as a “radical national Hispalnic group that believes in racial superiority.” (source)
    • Defends the selling of cigarettes on campus as having relative health benefits. (source)
  • July 2016 Writes Trump’s Republican National Convention speech (source)
  • 1/21/17 Co-writes Trump’s inauguration speech with Steve Bannon, which strikes an unusual tone of abject fear, isolationism and nationalism. (source)(full speech with annotations)
  • 1/30/17 Co-authors and champions Executive Order 13769, which is struck down by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for being grossly unconstitutional. (source)(source)
  • 2/12/17 Making the rounds on Sunday news programs:
    • Says on Face the Nation “Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we being to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” (source)
    • Says on Fox News Sunday regarding the 9th Circuit suspension of Trump’s immigration and refugee ban: “"This is a judicial usurpation of the power. It is a violation of judges' proper roles in litigating disputes. We will fight it. And we will make sure that we take action to keep from happening in the future what's happened in the past." (source)
    • Says on ABC’s This Week about the White House press secretary: “Sean Spicer, as always, is 100% correct.” (source)(Spicer's downward spiral)
    • Reaffirms on ABC's This Week Trump's assertion that illegal voters were bused in to New Hampshire by the thousands and helped Hillary Clinton win the state by 3,000 votes, and provides no evidence. (source)(source)
  • 8/2/17 Blasts a CNN reporter: "I can honestly say: I am shocked at your statement that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree — this is an amazing moment." (Hill) Miller lives in a nearly $1 million condo in D.C. (WaPo)
  • 8/2/17 Downplays a passage on the Statue of Liberty that reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free," saying at a White House press conference: "I don't want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that you're referring to was added later (and) is not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty." (CNN)
  • How Stephen Miller Single-Handedly Got the U.S. to Accept Fewer Refugees (New Yorker 10/13/17)
  • 1/7/18 Speaks defensively at length without interjection in a CNN State of the Union interview with Jake Tapper, until Tapper finally cuts him off by saying: “I get it. There’s one viewer that you care about right now and you're being obsequious and you’re being a factotum in order to please him, OK. And I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time. Thank you, Stephen." (Hill)
  • 1/22/18 Is reported that despite Trump wanting to warm to a deal with Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he allowed chief of staff John Kelly and Miller to steer him away to a tougher stance on immigration. (NYT)
  • 2/26/18 Is caught by a photographer sleeping at a White House meeting on school safety. (Hill)
  • 6/18/18 Speaking with regard to the zero-tolerance immigration policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border and keeping them in detention centers, says: "“No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement. It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.” (NYT)
  • 8/7/18 Is reported that Miller is pushing to expedite a policy to penalize legal immigrants whose families receive public benefits and make it more difficult to get citizenship. (CNN)
  • 8/14/18 Miller's uncle David Glosser publishes an editorial in which he says that his nephew's discriminatory immigration policies would have prevented their common ancestors from ever entering the U.S. and that tehy would have been instead murdered in Nazi concentration camps. (CNN)