If there’s anyone that truly doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to serving as a credible barometer of racism, it’s Stephen Miller. He’s an architect of the Trump administration’s deeply cruel immigration policies, and boasts a history of bigoted writing and racial provocation that stretches all the way back to his high school years. But for some reason, the White House decided to put Miller on television Sunday to defend the president’s racist tweets and remarks about congresswomen of color Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace pressed Miller on Trump’s history regarding race. “There’s a long record here,” said Wallace, after playing a clip of some of Trump’s most infamous racist moments. “When he questioned whether or not Barack Obama was an American citizen, when he said in his announcement that the people Mexico was sending to this country were not their best, they’re ‘rapists,’ they’re ‘drug dealers,’ and some are ‘good people,’ when he called for a ‘total and complete shutdown’—the Muslim ban, something I know you were very involved in. That’s not protecting the American people. That is playing the race card.”
Miller, of course, said that he “couldn’t disagree more,” and defended Trump’s history of birtherism.
“If you want to have a colorblind society, it means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people’s views, you can ask questions about where they were born, and not have it be seen as racial,” he said.
“And can you also say, ‘Go back where you came from?’” asked Wallace.
“With the ‘send her back’ chant, the president was clear he disagreed with it,” said Miller, referring to the racist and xenophobic chant directed at Omar by the crowd at Trump’s North Carolina rally Wednesday.
But Wallace shut him down. “He was clear after the fact. He let it go on for 13 seconds, and it was only when the chant diminished that he started talking again,” the host accurately pointed out. “And he said nothing there or in his tweet after the rally that indicated any concern about the chant.”
Trump later went onto call the people in his North Carolina crowd “incredible patriots.” And on Sunday morning, he continued to level attacks at the congresswomen. “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said,” he tweeted. “They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!”