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Trump should fire Stephen Miller over emails showing white nationalist sympathies, coalition says

Trump should fire Stephen Miller over emails showing white nationalist sympathies, coalition says

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News in 2017. | Screengrab: YouTube/ABC News

A coalition of mostly progressive groups are demanding that White House senior adviser Stephen Miller be removed from his position following the release of emails where he showed white nationalist leanings.

Earlier this month, the Southern Poverty Law Center blog Hatewatch reported on some 900 emails given to them by former Breitbart writer Katie McHugh showing Miller championing white nationalist ideology.

SPLC is releasing the emails by piecemeal rather than all at once, with a new batch with analysis being posted on the liberal group’s website on Tuesday. 

According to the emails that McHugh forwarded to the SPLC, Miller attempted to influence the editorial direction of Breitbart between 2015 and 2016.

“White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage,” wrote Michael Hayden of the SPLC.

“Miller does not converse along a wide range of topics in the emails. His focus is strikingly narrow – more than 80 percent of the emails Hatewatch reviewed relate to or appear on threads relating to the subjects of race or immigration.”

For example, in one email, Miller asked Breitbart to promote a racist 1973 French novel titled The Camp of the Saints and encouraged the conservative publication to aggregate stories from white nationalist sites like American Renaissance and VDARE.

Another email by Miller encouraged Breitbart writers who report on the refugee debate to include a list of foreign-born terrorists that he forwarded them.  

An open letter to President Donald Trump that was posted online by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights on Monday called for the removal of Miller.

“Supporters of white supremacists and neo-Nazis should not be allowed to serve at any level of government, let alone in the White House,” read the letter in part.

“Miller has stoked bigotry, hate, and division with his extreme political rhetoric and policies throughout his career. The recent exposure of his deep-seated racism provides further proof that he is unfit to serve and should immediately leave his post.”

The open letter also called on Trump to “halt your own hateful actions and rhetoric and remove all hate enthusiasts from the administration.”

“Unless and until you fire Stephen Miller — and all who promulgate bigotry — and abandon your administration’s anti-civil rights agenda, you will continue to be responsible for the violence fueled by that hate,” concluded the letter.

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