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'Morning Joe' Schools Trump Adviser Stephen Miller on the Law: 'The White House Has Got to Stop Embarrassing Themselves'

The only thing worse than Miller's performance was the fact that Trump praised it.

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White House adviser Stephen Miller, a "true believer" in Trumpism, spent Sunday spewing falsehoods across the airwaves that were too inane even for Fox News.

"There's no such thing as judicial supremacy," Miller said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when discussing the court's ruling on President Trump's immigration ban last week.

"What the judges did, both at the ninth and at the district level, was to take power for themselves that belongs squarely in the hands of the president of the United States," he concluded. 

"Stephen, the three judges say you're flat wrong," "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace told Miller. 

But Miller was undaunted in his defense of Trump.

"No, the three judges made a broad, overreaching statement," Miller insisted. "This is a judicial usurpation of power."

Miller also insisted that the real national story was actually voter fraud, for which there is no evidence, rather than the issue of Trump versus the courts. 

"There are massive numbers of non-citizens in this country who are registered to vote," Miller told ABC News. "That is a scandal; we should stop the presses. That's the story we should be talking about, and I'm prepared to go on any show, anywhere, anytime and repeat it and say the president of the United States is correct, 100 percent."

After reviewing a highlight reel of Miller's various appearances, the "Morning Joe" hosts weighed in on Monday. 

"Oh my god, that's not even funny," said co-host Mika Brzezinski. 

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough agreed. 

“Oh my God. It’s so much worse than I ever thought," he exclaimed. "Wow... No, [the powers of the president] are questioned, young little... Miller; they will be questioned by the court, it's called 'judicial review.' Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote about it in the Federalist Papers; it was enshrined in Madison's Constitution."

"You go into your president's office," Scarborough hammered. "You know, that one, and you look, you look on the the walls and there are all these pictures of Andrew Jackson... he talked about judicial independence, he talked about the importance of the judiciary. You really need to go back and read the Constitution. And seriously, the White House has got to stop embarrassing themselves by putting this guy up... That was the worst performance of anybody... that was horrendous."

Scarborough also asked Washington Post journalist David Ignatius to weigh in on Miller's performance, which President Trump later praised. 

"You had a spokesman for the White House yesterday go out on all the shows and say 'the power of the president will not be questioned' and then, making matters far more concerning, the president of the United States tweeted his congratulations for that performance... when he basically sounded like a little autocrat on TV," Scarborough told Ignatius. 

"Fortunately, federal judges do not take orders from Stephen Miller," Ignatius said in response. "The judges who are reviewing this case, the district court judge who began in Washington and this ninth circuit panel, are trying to construct quite narrow rulings."

"What they said to the White House was, you have enormous powers, Commander-in-Chief, over issues of national security, over issues of who gets to cross our borders. But you have to present evidence of a threat that justifies what you're trying to do," Ignatius added.

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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