Mother Jones reports that Stephen Miller, a “top aide to Trump’s presidential campaign,” has been selected to serve as a senior policy adviser. Not surprising to learn that someone whose fingerprints were all over the Trump campaign would also have spent time tripping arm in arm through the tulips at Duke with white nationalist Richard Spencer. According to Mother Jones’ Josh Harkinson:
Spencer told me that at Duke, Miller helped him with fundraising and promotion for an on-campus debate on immigration policy that Spencer organized in 2007, featuring influential white nationalist Peter Brimelow. Another former member of the Duke Conservative Union confirms that Miller and Spencer worked together on the event. At DCU meetings, according to a past president of the group, Miller denounced multiculturalism and expressed concerns that immigrants from non-European countries were not assimilating.
Miller, who was responsible for writing Trump’s keynote speech for the Republican National Convention, denied to Mother Jones that he has any relationship with Spencer or is simpatico with him. Spencer certainly continues to admire Miller, calling him “much tougher than any cuck,” that last word a term that white nationalist types with self-esteem issues use about men who decline to stoop to their level.
Before becoming a Trump and white nationalist enabler, Miller also wrote a column for Duke’s student newspaper. As a fine sample of his efforts there, you can read his final column, a bombastic, paranoid screed seeking to mask trite bigotry with a silky weave of 5-dollar words shot through with a thread of martyrdom. This practice of dressing up naked bigotry in pseudointellectual garniture has become an ongoing gambit. A sample of his soaring prose:
From the green fields of Lexington and Concord to the distant shores of Inchon and the burning deserts of Iraq, the earth is stained wet with the blood of American heroes who died in defense of our people, our country and the cause of freedom.
And a snippet that represents the greatest irony for the Trump voter:
Ronald Reagan’s warning has never been more poignant-that if we should fail, “history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.”
Huffington Post’s Elise Foley wrote about Miller in summer 2016. Evidently, he got an early start on expressing his propensities. Foley writes:
What’s striking about Miller is how far back his animus toward multiculturalism and political correctness — particularly with regard to race and ethnicity — actually goes. Miller has been pushing back against a multiculturalist society since he was 16, an age when most kids are more worried about passing their driver’s test than about changing cultural norms.
In high school, writes Foley, Miller “didn’t like the school leadership”:
— they said the Pledge of Allegiance too infrequently, praised the U.S. too little and allowed too much Spanish to be spoken, according to various columns he later wrote.
Before his current activities, Miller was chief of communications for Jeff Sessions, and before that, he worked for Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), who can’t seem to get a higher rating than “Pants on Fire” or “False” from Politifact and thinks God picked Trump as the GOP nominee. Nope. Nothing to see here.