Making his first major television interview in months, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller found himself grilled relentlessly by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday over President Trumps repeated racist taunts of Democratic congresswomen of color.
Miller, the chief architect of the Trump administrations hardline anti-immigration policies, appeared on Fox News Sunday and immediately defended both the presidents week-long racist tirade against the so-called Squad and a Trump rally crowds Send Her Back! chant.
After saying the audience members behind the chant were like other patriotic members who are tired of being beat up by left-leaning members of Congress, Miller went on to claim that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)a member of the Squadhad profoundly outraged him as an American Jew by calling border detention centers concentration camps.
Wallace, meanwhile, noted that both before and after his election, the president has been even more critical of America than the four progressive congresswomen, highlighting a series of comments in which Trump said the country has a lot of killers and that nobody respects the United States.
Why is what those congresswomen have said, in general, any worse than what you just heard Donald Trump sayPresident Obama is ignorant, this country is killers, on and on? Wallace asked the White House aide.
Miller insisted the difference was that Trump wanted to strengthen Americas core values with his remarks while the Squad believed the country should turn into Venezuela, prompting the Fox News anchor to push back and point out we are not talking about constitutional rights but Trumps own sharp criticisms of the United States.
Wallace then went on to confront Miller on the overarching theme of the president targeting the congresswomen.
Nobody has any problem with what the presidents policies have been, its when he goes into stoking racial fears, the Fox host declared. Ive never called any of his tweets racist, but theres no question that he is stoking racial divisions.
Miller contended that the core element of the presidents philosophy is America First before pivoting to Ocasio-Cortez, accusing her of saying undocumented immigrants are more American than Americans.
AOC, however, has never actually said this. The New York lawmaker has noted that immigrants historically commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans, She's also said that asylum-seeking refugees "are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be."