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Stephen Miller, a child's answer to the prompt "draw Squidward from memory".
—Last Week Tonight[1]
Anybody who says that [I am racist] is an ignorant fool, a liar and a reprobate who has no place in civilized society. It is a scurrilous and scandalous lie born of a complete and total lack of understanding of the harms done by uncontrolled migration to people of all backgrounds, and born of a contempt for this nation, for our law enforcement officers and for the citizens who live here — and oftentimes, I might add, born of a personal grudge against this administration.
—Stephen Miller[2]
[...]the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Hermann Göring at the Nuremberg trials

Stephen Miller (1985–) is a right-wing nativist political activist, and an all-American, only-American (no furriners allowed!) asshole[3] who served as the senior adviser to Donald Trump.

Early career and rise to Donald Trump adviser[edit]

Miller first found fame (in what ended up being a stopped clock moment) defending members of the Duke Lacrosse team from a false rape chargeWikipedia, since he was one of the few people not directly connected to the team doing so at the height of the media frenzy rushing to judgment against them.[4] Unfortunately, similar to Richard Spencer,[5] this merely groomed him for a future career as a nativist wingnut. Propelled from the exposure from this case, Stephen Miller hooked up with then-Senator Jeff Sessions (as communications chief) and aligned with the Breitbart media machine, gaining considerable editorial influence with the site's editors.[6] These qualifications were "good enough" for President Trump to promote him to the senior adviser position in his administration… where unswerving loyalty and a shared viewpoint on icky brown and black people "immigration policy" made Stephen Miller one of the longest lasting Trump staff members not biologically related to Trump.[2]

Career under Donald Trump[edit]

As senior adviser to the president, Stephen Miller played a key role in shaping Trump's immigration policy. His influence shaped attempts to impose a travel ban on certain Muslim countries[7] as well as an attempted cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows some undocumented children to received a work permit and defer deportation.[8] Miller unsuccessfully tried to push the Trump administration for a complete ban on student visas for Chinese nationals,[9] and Miller was one of the key driving forces behind Trump's policy that led thousands of children to be separated from their parents at the Mexican border.[10] Overall, Miller is considered one of the key figures of Trump's hard-line immigration policies.[11]

Miller tried to justify the travel ban by using an analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies,[12] a group designated as an extremist immigrant hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).[13]

In an attempt to come up with additional justification for all of this "immigration policy", Miller commissioned a study asking the Department of Health and Human Services to study the costs of refugee resettlement. When HHS came back with the answer (namely, refugee resettlement actually generated revenue, and the revenue generated by refugees in the form of local, state, and federal taxes exceeded the costs of resettling them by sixty-three billion dollars), naturally Miller ignored the advice in favor of being a loyal lapdog to Trump.

The President believes refugees cost more, and the results of this study shouldn’t embarrass the President.
—Stephen Miller, because in the Trump administration, facts don't matter.[14]

Racist email leaks[edit]

While well known for his caustic nativism, the true depth of Miller's racism was clarified when the SPLC, together with Hatewatch, reviewed more than 900 private emails sent to Breitbart between March 4, 2015 to June 27, 2016.[15] The conversations consisted of emails between Mr. Miller and former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh (who has since left the alt-right movement and regretted her participation in it[16]).

Within the emails:

Reaction to the leaked emails[edit]

The email leaks sparked many calls that Stephen Miller should resign, from:

  • 107 Democratic House members
  • 1 House Republican (Mike Coffman, R-CO)[21]
  • More than 50 national civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.[22]
  • Many Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, the Union for Reform Judaism, J-Street, and others.[23]
  • Several anonymous DHS and DOJ officials, who view that Miller has turned their agencies into "personal tool[s] for hate."[24]
  • Even Fox News analyst Juan Williams called for Miller's resignation.[25]

America First Legal[edit]

Miller founded the non-profit America First Legal in 2021, and is currently its president.[26][27] The organization claims to be the long-awaited answer to the ACLU. AFL also wants to put an end to "anti-white bigotry".[26] AFL has won court cases against government funding that reserved funding for historically disadvantaged groups (women, minorities and veterans).[26] AFL has used the legal strategy of forum shopping, choosing jurisdictions where they are likely to have rulings under conservative judges.[26]

Irony time![edit]

See the main article on this topic: Irony

Miller was born into a liberal Jewish family in California,[28] and didn't have conservative views until he read a book about how gun control sucks.[29][6]

Miller was called out for being a hypocrite by none other than Miller's uncle, Dr. David S. Glosser, as one of Miller's grandfathers was a Belarusian immigrant.[30] (Of course, this hypocrisy is no different than the hypocrisy of his boss[31]).

Miller is not related to Mr. Steve MillerWikipedia (eg the space cowboy, the joker, smoker, and midnight toker, who flies like an eagle and takes the money and runs),[32] who currently, as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center,Wikipedia[33] demonstrably has much better taste in music than Stephen Miller.[citation NOT needed]

See also[edit]


  2. 2.0 2.1 How Stephen Miller authors Trump's immigration policy The Washington Post 17 August 2019
  3. "Stephen Miller is a Perfectly Mainstream Republican" by Jett Heer, The Nation, 2019-08-19
  4. "Last Man Standing: The Immigration Insurgent Who Survived the Trump White House", Frontline, PBS, 2019-10-22
  5. "The Duke Lacrosse Scandal and the Birth of the Alt-Right", Reeves Wiedeman, New York Intelligencer, 2017-04-14
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Believer - How Stephen Miller went from obscure Capitol Hill staffer to Donald Trump’s warm-up act—and resident ideologue. Politico Magazine 27 June 2016
  7. "Inside Stephen Miller’s hostile takeover of immigration policy", Nahal Toosi, Politico, 2018-08-29
  8. "How Stephen Miller Single-Handedly Got the U.S. to Accept Fewer Refugees", Jonathan Blitzer, New Yorker, 2017-10-13
  9. "US considered ban on student visas for Chinese nationals", Demetri Sevastopulo and Tom Mitchell, Financial Times, 2018-10-02
  10. "How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe", Michael D. Shear and Katie Benner, 2018-06-18
  11. "A Familiar Force Nurtures Trump’s Instincts on Immigration: Stephen Miller", Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 2018-11-04
  12. "Terrorism and Trump's Travel Ban", Eugene Kiely,, 2017-02-24
  13. "Center for Immigration Studies", Southern Poverty Law Center, extremist files page
  14. "How Stephen Miller Single-Handedly Got the U.S. to Accept Fewer Refugees", Jonathan Blitzer, New Yorker, 2017-10-13
  15. "Stephen Miller's Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails", Michael Edison Hayden, 2019-11-12
  16. "Get Out While You Still Can", Rosie Gray, Buzzfeed News, 2019-05-01
  17. Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Mexico's Hurricane Patricia And "Temporary Protected Status" by Steve Sailer (10/23/2015) VDARE (archived from 6 Sep 2019 17:39:57 UTC).
  18. Santa Monica High’s Multicultural Fistfights by Stephen H. Miller (July 19, 2005) Frontpage Magazine via American Renaissance (archived from 18 Sep 2019 05:40:50 UTC).
  19. SMMUSD board member brings alleged gang members onto Samohi campus by Hans Laetz (Apr 27, 2005) The Malibu Times.
  20. ‘Here I am, 26, with no friends, no job, no girlfriend’: Shooter’s manifesto offers clues to 2015 Oregon college rampage, Rick Anderson, LA Times, 2017-09-23])
  21. "Jewish Groups, More Than 100 House Democrats Call On Stephen Miller To Resign", Rachel Sandler, Forbes
  22. "Letter to the White House: Civil Rights Groups Call for Stephen Miller's Removal", Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 2019-11-18
  23. "Jewish Groups, More Than 100 House Democrats Call On Stephen Miller To Resign", Rachel Sandler, Forbes
  24. "Sickening" And "Proof" Of Racism: DHS Officials Said Stephen Miller Must Go After His Emails Were Released", Hamed Aleaziz, Buzzfeed News, 2019-11-15
  25. "Fox News Analyst Juan Williams Says Trump Must Fire Stephen Miller", Daily Beast, 2019-12-02
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 How a Trump-allied group fighting ‘anti-white bigotry’ beats Biden in court: America First Legal was founded last year by Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s immigrant family separation policy by Beth Reinhard & Josh Dawsey (December 12, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. EST) The Washington Post.
  27. About America First Legal.
  28. Leaked Emails Fuel Calls For Stephen Miller To Leave White House NPR 26 November 2019
  29. Meet 34-year-old Stephen Miller, Trump's longest-serving senior adviser and mastermind of his most inhumane immigration policies Business Insider 21 February 2020
  30. "Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.", David S. Glosser, Politico, 2018-08-13
  31. Donald Trump Even Lies About Being Swedish (He’s Actually German): A Swedish website teases the world's most famous comb-over for continuing to peddle his grandfather's fake origin story by Michael Daly (03.24.16 10:02 PM ET) The Daily Beast.
  32. "Why Stephen Miller’s Emails Are White Nationalism Explained, Explained", Michael Harriot, The Root, 2019-11-19
  33. "Jazz at Lincoln Center Executive and Board Leadership", Jazz At Lincoln Center (