From The Chronicle (Duke University):
Stephen Miller, White House senior advisor […] drew a firestorm of media attention this week after hundreds of his emails with a former Breitbart editor were reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Miller, an immigration hardliner who was reportedly an architect of President Donald Trump’s controversial “Muslim ban,” sent the emails to Katie McHugh, then an editor at Breitbart, in 2015 and 2016. The SPLC report paints a picture in which Miller would send information and story ideas—sometimes citing VDare, which has published work by white nationalists, and InfoWars, which is known for promoting conspiracy theories—to McHugh, who then often wrote about the topics for Breitbart.
The emails prompted a joint statement from the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus and Asian Pacific American Caucus Thursday, calling for Miller’s resignation.
In the emails, Miller referenced the racist book “Camp of the Saints.” He also repeatedly cites President Calvin Coolidge, who signed the Immigration Act of 1924 to limit immigration based on national origins.
As Amazon and other retailers began to pull Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of a white nationalist killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, Miller suggested McHugh look into communist flag merchandise on the online retailer’s website, according to the SPLC’s report, to show the “stunning corporate hypocrisy that defines our modern culture.”
The more-than-900 emails SPLC says it reviewed were sent from March 2015 to June 2016—a period in which Miller was an aide to then-Senator Jeff Sessions, who later became Trump’s attorney general, and during the first part of Miller’s time with Trump’s campaign.
The White House claimed that Trump adviser Stephen Miller was the victim of “anti-Semitism” and smears after leaked emails showed that he promoted white nationalism and anti-immigrant rhetoric through the far-right news outlet Breitbart.
While Miller has yet to comment on the report, a White House official asserted that the Trump adviser was the real victim.
“This is clearly a form of anti-Semitism to levy these attacks against a Jewish staffer,” an unnamed White House official told Axios.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told The Washington Post that she had not seen the report but claimed that the SPLC, a respect civil rights nonprofit, was an “utterly-discredited, long-debunked far-left smear organization,” even though the emails were handed to them by McHugh.
“They are beneath public discussion, even in The Washington Post,” Grisham said.