As a White House senior adviser to President Donald Trump, Stephen Miller has aggressively pushed for a very draconian immigration policy. And according to a disturbing report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), leaked e-mails by the far-right Republican show an “affinity for white nationalism.”
Reviewed by the SPLC’s Hatewatch project, e-mails sent by Miller to Breitbart News in 2015 and 2016 — according to Hatewatch’s Michael Edison Hayden — “showcase the extremist, anti-immigrant ideology that undergirds the policies he has helped create as an architect of Donald Trump’s presidency.” Such policies, Hayden notes, include “reportedly setting arrest quotas for undocumented immigrants” and “an executive order effectively banning immigration from five Muslim-majority countries.”
Miller’s source material in 2015 and 2016, according to Hayden, included “white nationalist websites, a ‘white genocide’-themed novel in which Indian men rape white women, xenophobic conspiracy theories and eugenics-era immigration laws that Adolf Hitler lauded in ‘Mein Kampf.’”
Hatewatch, according to Hayden, “reviewed more than 900 previously private e-mails Miller sent to Breitbart editors from March 4, 2015 to June 27, 2016.”
“Miller’s perspective on race and immigration across the e-mails is repetitious,” Hayden observes. “When discussing crime, which he does scores of times, Miller focuses on offenses committed by non-whites. On immigration, he touches solely on the perspective of severely limiting or ending non-white immigration to the United States. Hatewatch was unable to find any examples of Miller writing sympathetically or even in neutral tones about any person who is non-white or foreign-born.”
The e-mails were leaked to Hatewatch by journalist Katie McHugh, who was with Breitbart News from April 2014 to June 2017. McHugh’s white nationalist-themed rhetoric became too extreme even for Breitbart, and she was fired after posting hateful anti-Muslim tweets in 2017. But McHugh has since renounced the alt-right and overtly racist things she said in the past.
McHugh told Hatewatch, “what Stephen Miller sent to me in those e-mails has become policy at the Trump administration.”
On October 23, 2015, Hayden reports, Miller e-mailed McHugh an article by writer Steve Sailer for VDARE — a website that was founded by white nationalist Peter Brimelow in 1999 and is known for promoting the racist Replacement Theory, which claims that governments are trying to replace white populations with non-white populations.
In a September 6, 2015 e-mail, Miller recommended that Breitbart News cover “The Camp of the Saints,” a racist novel that was written by French writer Jean Raspail and is popular among white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
McHugh told Hatewatch that in July 2015, Miller recommended that she use the white nationalist website American Renaissance as a source of information.
Miller, now 34, became a senior policy adviser for Trump’s presidential campaign in January 2016, and he went on to serve on Trump’s transition team after he won the election. Earlier this year, Miller had policy disagreements with former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen — who he believed wasn’t draconian enough on illegal immigration.
The only nationwide database of priests deemed credibly accused of abuse
ProPublica published an interactive database on Tuesday that lets users search for clergy who have been listed as credibly accused of sexual abuse in reports released by Catholic dioceses and religious orders.
It is, as of publication, the only nationwide database of official disclosures. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the religious leaders’ national membership organization, does not publicly release any centralized, countrywide collection of clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual assault.
Catholic peaders promised transparency about child abuse — but they haven’t delivered
It took 40 years and three bouts of cancer for Larry Giacalone to report his claim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a Boston priest named Richard Donahue.
Giacalone sued Donahue in 2017, alleging the priest molested him in 1976, when Giacalone was 12 and Donahue was serving at Sacred Heart Parish. The lawsuit never went to trial, but a compensation program set up by the archdiocese concluded that Giacalone “suffered physical injuries and emotional injuries as a result of physical abuse” and directed the archdiocese to pay him $73,000.
Even after the claim was settled and the compensation paid in February 2019, however, the archdiocese didn’t publish Donahue’s name on its list of accused priests. Nor did it three months later when Giacalone’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, criticized the church publicly for not adding Donahue’s name to the list.
UAE announces first Wuhan coronavirus case
The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday its first case of the new coronavirus, in a family from Wuhan, in what is thought to be the first confirmed case in the Middle East.
“The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a case of the new coronavirus affecting people from one family coming from the city of Wuhan in China,” the state news agency WAM reported, without saying how many were infected.