Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller has defended himself against accusations of racism, saying that his white nationalist emails that were infamously leaked are “pro-American”.
During a sit-down with Fox Business Network host Trish Regan, Miller denied that he’s racist. He said:
Not only am I not anything of the sort, but I find the accusation to be profoundly offensive and completely outrageous.
There’s nothing wrong that I said, unless being pro-American is a crime… To today’s democratic party, being pro-American is a thought crime.
He then accused the Democratic Party of being antisemitic and targeting him because of his Jewish faith, before saying:
Donald Trump is the anti-racist president.
This comes after 25 Jewish lawmakers signed a letter to Congress, urging Trump to fire Miller. Katie McHugh, the Breitbart editor at the centre of email exchanges, has also said she believes he is a white supremacist.
What was in the emails?
According to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), Miller sent 900 emails to a Breitbart writer over a 15-month period between 2015 and 2016. The report describes Miller’s emails as overwhelmingly focused on race and immigration and characterises him as obsessed with ideas like “white genocide” (a conspiracy theory associated with white supremacists) and sharply curbing non-white immigration.
Why hasn’t Miller been fired?
We know Trump doesn’t have a problem with firing people, so the obvious answer would be that he doesn’t want to. Trump has resisted weeks of pressure to fire Miller, including most recently a letter from former presidential candidate Kamala Harris.