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People defending Stephen Miller against white nationalist claim are missing the point
Being Jewish has nothing to do with it.
And in response, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted what a lot of people have said about Miller. That he’s a white nationalist.
Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage. https://t.co/7NyMDgojd7
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 8, 2019
Miller has severely restrictive views on immigration and pushed policies that echo the feelings and desires of leading white nationalists, arguing for restrictive quotas on immigration while ramping up deportations.
But if you support Miller and his policies, which a number of conservatives do, calling him a “white nationalist” is an affront to both him and you.
So you have two options if you’re in that situation. Use Miller’s own policies and rhetoric to prove the claim is false. Or simply say he can’t be one because he’s Jewish.
I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, @IlhanMN, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a “white nationalist” because she apparently has no shame. https://t.co/y96IG8E7Y6
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 8, 2019
Steve Miller is a Jew. An American Jew. A patriot. Not a "white nationalist."
I don't believe you should be calling a Jew anything, Ms. Omar. https://t.co/3WPaL2U2R6
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) April 8, 2019
A Jewish “white nationalist.” There’s a new one.
— Adam Trahan (@AdamTrahan) April 8, 2019
Stephen Miller is Jewish, you idiot https://t.co/v7Qpy8zscQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 8, 2019
Stephen Miller is Jewish, you fucking scumbag. https://t.co/n1xJ2LaXyU
— Robby Mitchell (@Robbytheman777) April 8, 2019
An anti-Semite labeling a Jewish person a "white nationalist" is peak Leftism. https://t.co/45WQfxdRaQ
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) April 8, 2019
That logic doesn’t really hold up. Just being Jewish doesn’t mean you can’t be a white nationalist. Miller hasn’t spoken about his faith, or his ethnicity, in a way that would show he’s somehow immune to white nationalist views or that they are anathema to him.
Numerous Jewish people have spoken out against his policies and did so again today. Other people just pointed to Trump’s immigration policy on our Southern border, which Miller is the architect of. If his faith has factored into it, it isn’t apparent to a lot of people.
Hi, rabbi here.
Stephen Miller is a white nationalist.
— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) April 9, 2019
for sure, the guy orchestrating the migrant child torture camps in service of creating a white ethnostate couldn't possibly be a white nationalist pic.twitter.com/PLvHvEJMFX
— Rob Rousseau (@robrousseau) April 8, 2019
However, Miller certainly is anti-immigration with a bias that tends to be applied toward Black and Brown people. He was once quoted in former Trump adviser Cliff Sims’ book saying, “I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched American soil.”
Not to mention, his words echo the sentiments of his boss, who once claimed he preferred immigrants from white nations.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]