White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist materials to the right-wing website Breitbart News as the 2016 presidential election neared.
Many of the 900 emails sent by Miller to Breitbart from March 2015 to June 2016 “showcase the extremist, anti-immigrant ideology that undergirds the policies he has helped create as an architect of Donald Trump’s presidency,” according to a report on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
SPLC’s Hatewatch blog reviewed the emails, which were leaked by then-Breitbart reporter Katie McHugh.
More than 80 percent of the emails relate to race or immigration, according to the report. Miller, 34, who is a hardliner on immigration — his ancestors were Jewish immigrants to the United States at the turn of the 20th century — did not write sympathetically or neutrally at all about non-white or foreign-born people.
Miller also sent McHugh links to VDare, a news website popular with white nationalists, and recommended that she read “The Camp of the Saints,” a racist French novel by Jean Raspail from the 1970s that has become an ideological foundation document for white nationalists.
Breitbart fired McHugh in 2017 after she posted anti-Muslim tweets. She later renounced the far right.
Miller also railed against the removal of Confederate monuments and flags around the country after white nationalist Dylann Roof opened fire at a South Carolina church and killed nine African-American worshippers in June of 2015.
Before entering politics, Miller was in contact with Peter Brimelow, the founder of VDare, and white nationalist Richard Spencer when he and Spencer were undergraduates at Duke University.
Miller recently became engaged to Katie Waldman, the Jewish press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence.
Marcy Oster writes for the JTA global news source.
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