WASHINGTON – Stephen Miller, a senior White House policy adviser, pushed white-nationalist material to staffers at Breitbart, a right-wing conservative website, through 2015 and leading up to the 2016 election, according to a report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The report released by the SPLC is the first installment in a series. More than 900 emails between Miller and Breitbart were examined by SPLC’s Hatewatch and revealed “more than 80 percent” of the emails “relate to or appear on threads relating to the subjects of race or immigration.”
Miller is considered to be one of Trump’s main influences on immigration policies, including the Muslim travel-ban and family separation policies at the Southern border.
“Miller’s perspective on race and immigration across the emails is repetitious. When discussing crime, which he does scores of times, Miller focuses on offenses committed by nonwhites. On immigration, he touches solely on the perspective of severely limiting or ending nonwhite immigration to the United States,” the non-profit writes.
Katie McHugh, the former Breitbart editor who leaked the emails to the SPLC, said, “What Stephen Miller sent to me in those emails has become policy at the Trump administration.” McHugh has since renounced her former far-right views after being fired from the site in 2017 for anti-Muslim tweets.
Some of the findings published by the SPLC include evidence that Miller pushed links from white supremacist site VDARE as an editorial basis for Breitbart articles, including links to articles about conspiracy theories like “white genocide,” a theory that claims nonwhite people are trying to eliminate the white race.
Miller also touted a French novel that warns of a migrant invasion titled “The Camp of Saints,” a book popular among white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
Miller directed McHugh to “draw information” from articles published in American Renaissance, a white-supremacist online publication, about crimes committed by minorities and immigrants.
“It was after lunchtime. I was sitting at my desk with my MacBook, and as Miller was speaking, I was looking away … to better concentrate on what he was saying,” McHugh told Hatewatch. “Miller asked me if I had seen the recent ‘AmRen’ article about crime statistics and race. I responded in the affirmative because I had read it. Many of us (on the far right) had read it. I remember being struck by the way he called it ‘AmRen,’ the nickname.”
Miller’s name has also appeared in American Renaissance as an author in 2005, according to the SPLC, when the white-nationalist site republished a piece he penned for FrontPage Magazine, another far-right online publication.
Hatewatch additionally highlights how Miller was angry at retailers who had stopped selling Confederate flags following the Charleston church shooting when white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine African-Americans in 2015.
The SPLC highlights Miller’s mentions of President Calvin Coolidge, who signed the Eugenics-era Immigration Act of 1924 that limited immigration from certain parts of the world into the U.S., as a foundation for why the U.S. should stop immigration altogether to Breitbart journalists. The SPLC notes that scholars have said Hitler portrayed this policy in his book “Mein Kampf” as a potential model for Nazi Germany.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted that Miller “has been exposed as a bonafide white nationalist” and called for him to resign.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed officials had not seen the report but called the SPLC “a far-left smear organization” who “libel, slander, and defame conservatives for a living. They are beneath public discussion.”
The SPLC responded on Twitter that “the only appropriate response is to fire Stephen Miller. Hate doesn’t belong in the White House,” with a link to a petition.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination, said that Miller’s “white nationalist views are a danger to the American people. We are going to defeat this hateful administration and everything it stands for.”
The SPLC’s extensive report demonstrates that Miller was successful in shaping multiple stories that appeared on Breitbart regarding race and immigration.
Breitbart was created by Steve Bannon, who previously served as White House Chief Strategist in the Trump Administration and as the former chairman for Trump’s 2016 campaign.