Stephen Miller is officially Donald Trump’s speechwriter, but in reality, he is oh so much more. He is the guy who occupied the White House press room podium early on in his boss’ presidency. Like a junior dictator, he commanded the journalists to listen up.
Miller began his unforgettable message, The Washington Post reported:
‘Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.’
The 32-year-old may be young, but he is in Trump’s inner circle. Former top adviser, Steve Bannon, brought him to the party and Miller has been discriminating hard for nearly two decades. When he was 13, he began sorting through his friends and casting off any who were Mexican-American or black.
In his current position, Miller intercepted studies on their way to Donald Trump that contradicted the younger man’s numbers, for example, studies that showed how immigrants contribute to the economy.
Miller was integral to the president’s drastic immigration plan. One of Trump’s first acts was to block Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S. That left thousands of people stranded at the nation’s airports and in mid-transit. Yet by June, Trump raged to his national security team that there were so many immigrants, they were mocking his immigration pledge.
Prior to that meeting, the speechwriter had just handed the president a sheet of figures showing the number of immigrants who had obtained visas in 2017. That sheet lit Trump’s anger level to unbelievably high. He groused that over 2,500 people had come from Afghanistan – a terrorist haven.
Then, the man in the Oval Office complained about the 15,000 people from Haiti. The Washington Post reported Trump said:
‘(They) all have AIDS.’
When Trump got to the number of people who came from Nigeria, the Washington Post wrote:
‘Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa.’
Both the Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to explain many were “short-term travelers making one-time visits.’ Yet, Trump was having none of it. Suddenly, Kelly and Miller turned on Tillerson. They blamed him for all the people arriving.
At that point, the Washington Post reported that their anger caused the secretary of state:
‘To throw up his arms in frustration. If he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, Mr. Tillerson fired back.’
The men’s voices were so loud that aides outside of the Oval Office:
‘Could still hear the president berating his most senior advisers.’
Perhaps, it should come as no surprise that Trump is racist. As he rode the escalator down at Trump Tower to announce his run for president, he referred to immigrants from Mexico as “rapists and criminals.”
Trump’s first job was to go with his father, Fred Trump, to collect rent money from tenants. When the president was just 17-years-old:
‘He was spending much of his free time touring construction sites in his father’s Cadillac, driven by a black chauffeur.’
The rental agent, Stanley Leibowitz said, according to The New York Times:
‘His father was his idol. Anytime he would come into the building, Donald would be by his side.’
Fred Trump’s policy was to refuse to rent to black tenants. When they formally complained, the Justice Department sued Trump Management for discrimination against blacks. The defendants were listed as company chairman, Fred Trump, and president, Donald Trump. It made front-page news.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president had not made the insulting comments about immigrants:
‘General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims. It’s both sad and telling the New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous “sources’ anyway.”‘
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