The Time Stephen Miller Greeted Right-Wing Extremists in the Lobby of the U.S. Senate
Stephen Miller, one of the chief architects of Donald Trump's immigration policy, has always been a creep. Even in high school in Santa Monica, he allegedly dumped a childhood friend because he was Latino, repeatedly harassed students of color and implored his fellow classmates to degrade the institution's custodial staff in a revolting speech immortalized on YouTube. So it comes as no surprise that he was reportedly escorted from the studio by CNN security on Sunday, following a rambling, belligerent interview with The Lead's Jake Tapper.
In the wake of the Trump administration's decision to end protection for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants and potentially destabilize an entire region, it's worth taking a look at Miller's deep ties to the radical right.
Shortly after President Obama issued an executive order in 2014 providing temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who had been in the United States for at least five years and whose children were born in the country—the very people who now find themselves in the Department of Homeland Security's crosshairs—a handful of Republicans welcomed to the Russell Senate Building an organization called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA). The officials included Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), for whom Miller served as communications director.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center's David Neiwert, author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, CSPOA sees itself as the "last line of defense against those who would seek to infringe on the U.S. Constitution." Present for the meeting was former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, one of the pioneers of the right-wing militia movement of the 1990s, ostensibly to voice his contempt for Obama's executive action.
“I was invited to attend and we provided a little hors-d'oeuvres,” he told Hatewatch at the time. “I was really proud of these sheriffs for trying to take care of something on their own.”
"[Obama's executive order is] taking jobs and benefits directly from struggling American lawful immigrants and our native-born,” Sessions proclaimed. “A government must serve its own citizens."
A group of demonstrators on the Capitol Mall heard their message loud and clear. Several demanded the removal of the president, and one could be heard bellowing for Obama to be hanged. Yet another called for him to be put through a woodchipper.
Mack maintains CSPOA had no affiliation with the demonstrators, but the sheriffs and their Republican hosts were all too eager to greet them in the lobby of the Senate building. So was Stephen Miller, who can be spotted at the 40-second mark sporting his trademark smirk.