White Nat’list Trump Adviser Miller Bounced from CNN after Sit-in

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Senior policy advisor for the Trump White House and notorious white supremacist Stephen Miller appeared on Jake Tapper’s Sunday show to defend Trump from the allegations in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”

Miller declined to leave after the train wreck of an interview, in which he accused Tapper of gloating over the revelations in the Wolff book and attempted to portray Tapper as an out of touch East Coast elite journalist unable to understand the discontents of the US working class.

CNN building security allegedly had to come and physically remove Miller from the studio. (I’ve done a lot of television, and the issue here is that if the guest doesn’t leave the desk after the segment ends, he’ll be in the next shot as well, and still will have the microphone).

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CNN: “Tapper cuts off Trump adviser interview: I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time”

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Miller serves an administration staffed by billionaires who just stole $1.5 trillion from the working and middle classes and gave it to the . . . billionaires, attempting to kick 26 million workers off of health insurance.

Miller insisted on delivering a set of long speeches praising Trump’s political genius instead of answering any specific questions, and attempted to erase his mentor Steve Bannon from the history of the first Trump administration. Tapper characterized the performance as “filibustering.”

Tapper pointed out that Miller has his job on Bannon’s recommendation, and Miller denied it, attaching himself retrospectively to Corey Lewandowski. Both Bannon and Lewandowsky were fired (the latter by Paul Manafort, who was then fired)– likely pointing to Miller’s future fate, which he seems to be attempting to avoid by becoming the universe’s premier brown-noser.*

Miller’s attempt to ventriloquize the working class is sad, given that he is serving the wealthiest administration in American history, and one especially sadistic toward the working and middle classes. Two-thirds of Trump voters make over $50,000 a year. WaPo reported that “white non-Hispanic voters without college degrees making below the median household income made up only 25 percent of Trump voters.” A third of Trump voters, in contrast, make over $100,000 a year. Trump’s base is wealthy, which is why his policies are rewarding the wealthy. It is true that 70% of Trump voters don’t have a college degree, but 70% of Republicans don’t have a college degree, and a lot of those people are very well off.

Most working class people don’t vote at all, and the majority of them reliably vote Democratic when they do go to the polls. Pro-Trump white factory workers exist, but they are a minority of their social class and trying to portray Trump as a champion of the working class is just propaganda. It is true that members of the white working class mainly driven by financial distress voted for Hillary Clinton, while the minority of that class who voted for Trump tend to dislike foreigners.

Miller again blamed immigrants for taking jobs from working class whites, which is a false argument. Immigrants most often don’t have the skills to compete in the same market with the working class, and tend to do menial jobs or jobs locals decline to do, as with picking strawberries. Their labor brings down prices for working class consumers. There are also high-income immigrants in e.g. the tech world, who often make discoveries and form companies that expand the economy and create working class jobs.

Miller used his appearance not to answer questions about the goings-on in the White House or even effectively to refute Wolff’s book (a denial and character attack is not an argument), but to broadcast his racist poison to millions of people. Corporate news really shouldn’t be giving him a platform, since he uses it to normalize Neo-Nazism. His epithet on social media is “Baby Goebbels,” referring to the National Socialist propagandist.

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“1939, American English colloquial, said to be military slang originally, from brown (adj.) + nose (n.), ‘from the implication that servility is tantamount to having one’s nose in the anus of the person from whom advancement is sought’ [Webster, 1961]. Related: Brown-noser, brown-nosing (both 1950).”

9 Responses

  1. If I might use your post as an excuse to offer praise for the much-maligned “MSM.” OK, granted, big journalistic pubs like CNN, the NYTimes and the WaPo have made their fair share of mistakes with sloppy, sometimes inaccurate coverage in the last couple of decades. And they’ve been rightly dunned for their screw-ups. But we shouldn’t remain so mired in the past that we refuse to recognize change. All of the above orgs have done some stellar work pushing back against the current regime and helping keep the public informed. In this case, kudos to Jake Tapper who demonstrated that a TV journalist with balls can respectfully but aggressively check the lies that routinely fly out of the mouths of various White House officials.

    This is why a free press matters.

    • Great post, and very true. I have been particularly impressed with Jenifer Rubin in the WaPo – yes, a crazy Republican during the Obama years, but she has obviously had a “come to Jesus” moment concerning the stakes facing our democratic republic and its constitution and has emerged as an important voice decrying GOP cravenness, cruelty, and depravity.

      To be sure, the MSM is far from perfect – so too are most human institutions. But to the credit of most major newspapers, plagiarist get fired, and errors usually get confessed and emended. Where will you find even a hint of self-correction or criticism on Fox, Breitbart, InfoWars, etc.?

  2. Looking at that interview objectively and without any context, I believe there are plenty of people who might still buy that guy.

    His delivery is calm, patient and coherent. It does not, even at its end, reflect desperation, just insistence. Most importantly, it is totally focused and consistent. Even when Tapper contradicts him, Miller just sloughs it off and keeps plowing.

    This is a great example of how an Alternative Reality is implemented. Someone already invested in Trump, or without the means to listen critically, could very well take it as a resounding defense.

    There are lessons that need to be taken from this performance.

  3. In my view Trump is just a right wing prop, put out there to distract the media and the citizens from the actions the right wing is taking to drown the government, or rather make it subservient to the rich, powerful, and owners of mineral rights.

    I don’t mean to say that the MSM avoids covering the right wing agenda, like tax cuts for the rich, endless sniper attacks on Obamacare, helping the fossil fuel industry make global warming a bigger threat, deregulating whatever the private sector wants deregulated, etc. But Trump’s burlesque show is so bizarre that it takes the attention away from the constant stream of actions this right wing administration and congress take to bring America back to the good ol’ days of plantations and company towns.

  4. Hearing Steven Miller employ class ventriloquism is like listening to an Adolf Hitler speech translated into American. Very deeply disturbing that CCM gives this befouled fountain of duplicity and hatred a platform from which he is able to hurl his extreme right-wing vomit.

    It is ironic the aversions to the First Amendment shown by this maladministration are also being openly EXPLOITED for truly evil intents purpose(s), simultaneously.

  5. CNN and the other MSM outlets know exactly what Miller and his ilk are, and what message they are pushing. Why do they choose to have them on as guests? The answer is simple – ratings. Neo-nazis and white supremacists should not be given a platform. Tapper would not have to spend time trying to refute hate speech and lies if these nazi propagandists were not invited to appear on his show.

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