December 10, 2019

Why Is Stephen Miller Still In the White House?

“Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) must be feeling pretty good this week, if by “good” one means “proven right in an allegation anyone of good conscience must always hope will be proven wrong.” Omar caught flak earlier this year for calling White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller a “white nationalist,” and a huge trove of emails obtained and reported Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has amply demonstrated exactly that.

Many on the right are reflexively suspicious of the SPLC, and it is true the organization has had to make some significant retractions and apologies in the past. But, as Reason’s Robby Soave tweeted, despite the messenger’s “well-documented history of exaggeration,” it is “hard to argue with the basic facts” of the message. The content of Miller’s emails isn’t debatable, “does he not realize the preferred nomenclature has changed?” type stuff. It’s straight up white nationalism.

Consider what strikes me as the single most inculpating item in this initial report: Miller’s 2015 proposal to the Breitbart editor with whom he corresponded that the outlet favorably cover The Camp of the Saints, a French novel popular among neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. This is an obscene and dehumanizing book. (Click that link to see a summary and some truly revolting excerpts if you’re fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with the work.) The leader of Camp’s migrant caravan is literally named “the turd eater,” and among its more positive characters are leaders of Apartheid South Africa.”

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