White House Adviser Stephen Miller slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a scathing rebuke of her “concentration camp” comments about U.S. border facilities.
Miller leveled the freshman Democrat for her criticism of border detention camps which he called out as a “historical smear” during an often heated interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
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“I’m a Jew,” the White House senior policy adviser said.
“As a Jew, as an American Jew, I am profoundly outraged by the remarks by Ocasio-Cortez. It is a historical smear. It is a sinful comment. It minimizes the death of six million of my Jewish brothers and sisters. It minimizes their suffering. And it paints every patriotic law enforcement officer as a war criminal,” he said emphatically.
Miller, a vocal advocate for immigration reform, repeatedly pushed back on Wallace’s attempts to focus on President Trump’s tweets and comments about the freshman Democrat and her colleagues in “the Squad” – Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Ocasio-Cortez’s words were “the comments we need to be focusing on,” Miller argued, defending the president against claims that he is a racist or is engaging in racist rhetoric. Miller argued that the congresswomen have said much worse and that Ocasio-Cortez’s description of detention centers at the southern border as “concentration camps” was “perhaps the most shocking of all.”
He contended that the left uses accusations of racism as a tactic to attack anyone who disagrees with them, pushing back on Wallace’s repeated attempts to bash the president.
“I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody, and they happen to be a different color skin, that that makes it a racial criticism,” Miller said. “If you want to have a colorblind society, that means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people’s views, you can ask questions about where they’re born, and not have it be seen as racial.”
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Wallace pressed on whether that meant one could say “Go back to where you came from,” referring to Trump’s tweet last week when he told the Democrat congresswomen to “go back” to the countries they came from and fix what was wrong instead of always bashing the U.S. The president came under fire again after a campaign rally in North Carolina as the crowd chanted “send her back” when he spoke about Omar.
“The president was clear that he disagreed with it,” Miller said, continuing to lock horns with Wallace who was aggressively following his own agenda of demonizing Trump.
“Why is what those congresswomen have said in general any worse than what you just heard Donald Trump say?” Wallace asked.
“Anybody who’s running for office — right, left, or center — always points out where they think America can do better, where they think America needs to go,” Miller replied. “But there’s a fundamental distinction between people who think that we need to lean into and strengthen America’s core values, whether it be our constitutional values, the rule of law, the principles of Western civilization, or people who think that we basically need to turn America into Venezuela.”
Wallace interrupted to make a point that Trump has also been critical, and his rhetoric has nothing to do with the Constitution.
Miller patiently pushed back on every one of the Fox News host’s points, through repeated interruptions, until he finally wrapped up the ideological differences between “the Squad” and Trump’s “America First” philosophy.
“Throughout this interview, Chris, you’re continuing to conflate Donald Trump’s criticisms of President Obama versus AOC’s deep and systemic criticisms of the country itself and so, let me just cut to the heart of the issue,” Miller said.
“These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the structure of our country. They want it to be a socialist, open borders country. If you, as Donald Trump says, want to destroy America with open borders, you cannot say you love your country. If you attack border agents the way that Ocasio-Cortez has, it means you have a deep-seated hatred of the nation as it exists. That’s why you want to erase its borders, fundamentally transform the country and in the process, it doesn’t matter if American citizens lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their livelihoods, lose their health coverage and lose their very lives,”Miller continued.
“There’s a gigantic, enormous distinction between Donald Trump saying ‘I’m going to get on the world stage and put America first in every single thing we do’ versus a view that says America should never come first and American citizens should never come first, which is their view” he concluded. “And that’s what we are going to take to the ballot box.”
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