Top White House adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday said that the group known as the “Squad” had expressions of “anti-American sentiment,” which is quite different to the “America First” of President Trump.
During the interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Miller said comments from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was “perhaps the most shocking of all” when she described detention centers at the southern border as “concentration camps.”
“I’m a Jew. As a Jew, as an American Jew, I am profoundly outraged by the comments of Ocasio-Cortez”,” Miller said, adding Ocasio-Cortez “minimizes the death of 6 million of my Jewish brothers and sisters,” and “paints every patriotic law enforcement officer as a war criminal.”
The host Chris Wallace raised the question to Miller about whether some of Trump’s past remarks in 2016 should be viewed as racist, such as calling Barack Obama “the most ignorant president in our history” and saying “nobody respects us.”
“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.”
Trump’s words during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Stephen Miller, were to put America first and were not intended to sow discord, while the first-term lawmakers are bent on expressing “anti-American sentiment.”
Miller said there is no comparison between agitating for stricter enforcement of immigration laws and better trade deals, as he said Trump was doing and threatening to undermine the American way of life, as he asserted the lawmakers want to do. “They detest America as it exists,” he said.
“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. But there’s a fundamental distinction between people who think 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 we basically think we need to turn America into Venezuela,” Miller continued.
Miller, citing a Trump rally address in 2016, said, “There’s a huge difference between America First and an ideology that runs down America.”
The four, who call themselves “the squad,” have criticized President Trump in personal terms.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at the president on Sunday, saying she and her colleagues fight for such things and living wages, and basic human rights, while president Trump “hurt immigrant kids” and put charter school advocate Betsy DeVos in charge of federal education policy.
Her tweet was retweeted by Ilhan Omar, and Tlaib tweeted: “He tweets. We take action,” accompanied by a list of measures passed by or pending in the Democratic-controlled House. Pressley retweeted a clip of Cummings’ comments in support of the four.
Tlaib tweeted out a call for impeachment in response to Trump’s comments and said he represented the real crisis, not the immigration issues on the southern border.
Trump carried the feud with the lawmakers into a second week on Sunday, tweeting from his central New Jersey home: “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country.”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.