Trump’s Other Steve Goes on a Rampage of Alternative Facts
Steve Bannon is the more famous Steve but people underestimate Miller-in terms of pernicious influence-at their own risk.
“The two Steves in question are Steve Bannon, Trump’s highly problematic chief strategist, and Stephen Miller, his senior adviser for policy. Miller doesn’t quite have the same history of running a website that sometimes publishes anti-semitic, white supremacist content, nor has he been accused of domestic abuse, outright misogyny, and hatred of the media as Bannon has. However, Miller was the one who used to introduce Trump at his beloved rallies, so you can hazard a guess that he’s not exactly committed to a progressive agenda — to say the least.”
“The two Steves’ politics are one issue, but the way they’re pushing through executive orders without any outside influence is entirely another. If the Politico report is correct, then these executive orders are much less democratic even than President Obama’s, which he used to put through a very long feedback process involving people from many sectors before signing. Trump, it appears, is signing far-reaching executive orders that may have been seen by exactly three pairs of eyes: Trump’s, Miller’s, and Bannon’s.”
Stephen Miller’s-relative-lack of notoriety is just that he’s less well known. But in terms of being a dangerous gadfly of the Alt Right, he takes a backseat to no one, including the other Steve. Just start with the fact that Millar’s mentor was: Richard Spencer.
This morning Miller was out in force. Talk about alternative facts? Trump praised him. Enough said.
“Appearing also on ABC News, Miller said, “A district judge in Seattle cannot force the president of the United States to change our laws and our Constitution because of their own personal views. The president has the power … to suspend the entry of aliens when it’s in the national interest.”
I don’t know how you characterize this: as a baldfaced lie or just that Miller is grossly ignorant of the very principal of: co-equal powers.
All I know is that this argument: listen kids, you have no authority to even question anything we do, went down like a ton of lead this week. Telling a federal court your actions are ‘unreviewable’ might not be the best way to win them over.
But this is what the SJC does by definition. It judges whether a particular law or statue is unconstitutional. Miller seems to think that Trump’s word is law. This was true in the days of absolute Monarchs. For them, their word was law. In fact, if you were the King, your word was law even for you-you couldn’t contradict your previous law even if you wanted to.
But as Miller and Trump haven’t noticed: this isn’t an absolute monarchy. Clearly they haven’t:
“One unelected judge in Seattle cannot make laws for the entire country,” Miller told anchor John Dickerson. “I mean, this is just crazy, John. The idea that you’re going to have a judge in Seattle say that a foreign national living in Libya has an effective right to enter the United States is beyond anything we’ve ever seen before.”
The canard about the judge being in Seattle is pure rhetoric as it’s irrelevant. Again, welcome to America. We have Judicial Review. Any law ‘for the entire country’ can be reviewed ‘for the entire country’ and the physical location of a federal judge when he/she renders a decision has got nothing to do with it.
Miller then went on to one of Trump’s favorite alternative facts: there was massive voter fraud which cost him the popular vote.
In unusually combative interviews on the Sunday morning television shows, Miller also refused to say whether Trump still has confidence in his national security adviser amid controversy over his communications with Russian officials. Miller also advanced false claims that widespread voter fraud undermined Trump’s performance in November’s election.”
It’s not surprising that he’s selling this piece of creative fiction. Still, we must not just laugh this talk of massive voter fraud off. It’s going to be used as an excuse for massive voter suppression in 2020.
What Miller-didn’t-say about Michael Flynn was notable. He may well be the first sacrificial lamb. After all, either he lied or Mike Pence lied. So he may have to go.
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