‘The Powers of the President to Protect Our Country Are Very Substantial and Will Not Be Questioned’
â€“ Stephen Miller, February 2, 2017
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller made the Sunday morning talk show rounds and almostÂ immediately his comments set off outrage, anger, disgust, and fear. Miller is a little-known yet powerful influence in the Trump administration, reportedly responsible â€“Â in partnership with former Breitbart publisher Stephen BannonÂ â€“ for Trump’s Muslim ban executive order.
Two weeks ago Mother Jones described the pair of Stephens as “boosters of Islamophobes and white nationalists.”
It’s not exactly clear what Miller’s personal beliefs are but there are reports linking him to white supremacist Richard Spencer, the man who coined the false term, “alt-right” movement. Miller denies they are friends.Â
Whatever Miller’s particular beliefs are, however, his presenceÂ on the Sunday talk shows was horrific. At one point Miller claimed Trump’s Mexican wall will pay for itselfÂ (wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for it?) and at another point, ABC’sÂ George Stephanopoulos epically shut Miller down.
“Just for the record, you have provided absolutely no evidence,” Stephanopoulos told Miller. “You have provided zero evidence that the president was the victim of massive voter fraud in New Hampshire. You have provided zero evidence of the president’s claim that he would have won the popular vote if 3-5 million illegal immigrants hadn’t voted. Zero evidence for either one of those claims. Thanks a lot of joining us this morning.”Â
By Monday, Miller’s remarks were the subject of repeated segments that attacked not only his claims, but his credibility. But it is Miller’s remarks about President Trump’s “power” that have Americans on edge.
So there’s no question, here’s the exchange with CBS News’ John Dickerson, host of “Face the Nation”:
DICKERSON:Â When I talked to Republicans on the Hill, they wonder, what in the White House — what have you all learned from this experience with the executive order?
MILLER: Well, I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become, in many cases, a supreme branch of government. One unelected judge in Seattle cannot remake laws for the entire country. I mean this is just crazy, John, the idea that you have a judge in Seattle say that a foreign national living in Libya has an effective right to enter the United States is — is — is beyond anything we’ve ever seen before.
The end result of this, though, is thatÂ our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.
Let’s take another look at that last part: “the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”Â
When is the last time you heard such an authoritarian statement coming from the White House, much less any branch of government.
Here’s a short clip:
WH Sr. Policy Adviser Stephen Miller: “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned” pic.twitter.com/sn3GyFATPD
â€” Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 12, 2017
If you thinkÂ there’s any chance President Trump had a problem with Miller’s remarks, guess again:
Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
If the short clip concerns you, this compilation of Miller’s remarks on the various Sunday shows should force you to pick up the phone and call the White House atÂ (202) 456-1111 and your Senators and Congressman atÂ (202) 224-3121Â and demand Stephen Miller be fired immediately.
“The power of president will not be questioned.”
No. We have separation of powers.
You’re thinking of Germany, 1935 https://t.co/WBbdhia7GB
â€” Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) February 13, 2017
The first two minutes is the compilation. After that, reaction from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and MikaÂ BrzezinskiÂ â€“ who should never, ever be forgiven for helping Trump get elected.
This is pure unadulterated authoritarianism. Regardless of whether or not Miller ever appearsÂ on TV again, knowing that this man is a senior policy advisor to the President of the United States should make chills run down your spine and make you angry, make you fear for the future of this nation and all the people in it.
Some responses via Twitter:
Stephen Miller, top Trump adviser:
“our opponents, the media” & Trump’s power “will not be questioned”
If this ain’t authoritarian, what is? pic.twitter.com/DiCd6T9qNo
â€” Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) February 12, 2017
Stephen Miller chillingly said “the powers of the president WILL NOT BE QUESTIONED.” All that was missing was the “Heil Trump” salute.
â€” Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) February 13, 2017
Beyond scary when Stephen Miller says, “the powers of the president…will not be questioned.” Have any of these guys read the Constitution? https://t.co/19z1JafTWL
â€” Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) February 13, 2017
Hey Trump: if you don’t fire Flynn, the assumption is you condone his actions. Which means you should be impeached. https://t.co/rJcOyKIPau
â€” Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) February 13, 2017
STOP. PUTTING. THESE. PATHOLOGICAL. LIARS. ON. TELEVISION. They are not only using you, but the people who believe them are NOT watching you https://t.co/R0oWKAmooJ
â€” Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 12, 2017
Well this is terrifying.
Miller: “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” pic.twitter.com/GHpZZUr0Qb
â€” Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) February 12, 2017
We can add Stephen Miller to the list of pathological liars in the WH who have no idea how checks & balances work & are truly fucking insane
â€” billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 12, 2017
Kellyanne’s credibility is shot, so Stephen Miller made the rounds reading lies off a teleprompter (watch his eyes). pic.twitter.com/0sA7UvVZlA
â€” shauna (@goldengateblond) February 12, 2017
This is pretty clearly all happening because kids were mean to Stephen Miller in high school in Santa Monica https://t.co/XSITKpwj3R
â€” Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 12, 2017
Quote of the day? Stephen Miller on @ThisWeekABC: “Sean Spicer, as always, is 100% correct.”
â€” Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 12, 2017
It’s important to know how scum forms and rises to the top of a murky, fetid swamp. https://t.co/X4ibdP0yfv
â€” George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 12, 2017
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Louie Gohmert Gave $5500 to a Homophobic Holocaust-Denying Preacher — Then Claimed It Was an Accident
On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) donated $5,500 to virulently anti-gay and anti-Semitic pastor Steve Anderson — and when caught, claimed the whole thing was an unfortunate mixup.
According to William Bredderman, “Team Gohmert claims it hired a Christian singer named Steve Amerson from Granada HIlls, California, but accidentally reported to the Federal Election Commission that the cash went to the Tempe, Arizona address of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, led by the infamous Pastor Steve Anderson.”
Anderson, whose church is part of the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist movement, is known for several abhorrent views, the report noted.
“Faithful Word Church calls for punishing homosexuality with the death penalty in the doctrinal statement published on its webpage,” said the report. “But that demand seems mild compared to the seething rhetoric Anderson has unleashed against the LGBTQ community: in a 2014 video posted to his now-deplatformed YouTube account, he declared “‘if you executed the homos, like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running around.’ In 2016, he applauded the the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, asserting ‘there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.'”
But Anderson’s views go much further — he is also virulently anti-Semitic and denies the Holocaust happened.
“Anderson … has demonstrated a particular animosity toward Jewish people, as evidenced in titles of the sermons listed on his IMDB page, which include ‘The Jews Are Our Enemies,’ ‘The Jews Killed Jesus,’ ‘Unbelieving Jews Are Under God’s Wrath,’ ‘Jews Worship a Female God Named ‘Shekinah,” and ‘Jewish Synagogue = Synagogue of Satan,'” said the report. “He has also, as the Anti-Defamation League noted in a 2015 report, propagated false claims that millions of Jews were not gassed and cremated in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.” He also published a video calling Dr. Martin Luther King, “Marxist Lucifer King,” a “false prophet,” a “sexual pervert,” and a “Communist tool.”
This comes shortly after Gohmert landed in the news for demanding to know if the U.S. Forest Service can change the Earth’s orbit to fight climate change.
Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police
A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.
“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”
“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.
There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.
“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”
This is a breaking news and developing story.
#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave
Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.
Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.
Everything that needed to be done was done to fix the power grid in Texas.
Today, I signed bills into LAW to reform ERCOT & weatherize & improve the reliability of the state’s power grid.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 8, 2021
On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.
In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.
“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”
BREAKING: ERCOT is now asking people to conserve electricity through Friday, saying there are a significant number of power plants offline and expecting possible record use for June. pic.twitter.com/zWZkf0bkPq
— Matt Largey (@mattlargey) June 14, 2021
Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.
— Heather (TX) 🇺🇸 (@hka003) June 14, 2021
Thanks to @GovAbbott, on one of the first hot days, we’re already being told to conserve electricity.
They didn’t FIX the grid because they were too busy legislating women’s vaginas & stopping POC from voting.
VOTE @GregAbbott_TX out in 2022 to save TEXAS!!! #AbbottFailedTexas https://t.co/a97aR7DO2u
— Kelly ツ (@kellwoohoo) June 14, 2021
So now ERCOT ‘CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT’. Someone should check the flight logs to Cancun bc I’m sure Cruz is already on his way there. And fuck Abbott too #AbbottFailedTexas
— Amelia (@agerson24) June 14, 2021
…are you FREAKING KIDDING ME, Texas?!
ERCOT: Our grid wasn’t built for temperatures this cold!!!
ERCOT: uhm….it’s too hot! How could we ever have anticipated this! https://t.co/vlqcXW6wUN
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 14, 2021
— KiKi ♡✌🇺🇸🌊👑💙📣 (@KLoYo77) June 14, 2021
What could go possibly wrong with a combination of Texas’s summer power outages and its new conceal-carry for all law?#AbbottFailedTexas
— Truth Integrity Logic Fully Vaccinated (@LogicIntegrity) June 14, 2021
ERCOT has issued a new warning to Cancun that Ted Cruz might be back sooner than expected.
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) June 14, 2021
If you listen closely, you can hear Ted Cruz booking a flight to Cancun https://t.co/gmPLkaeMXi
— Nunca Trumpismo (@NeverTrumpTexan) June 14, 2021
— Rachel (@Rachelmoor29) June 14, 2021
— ₚₒₗᵢₜᵢcₐₗ ⱼₒᵢₙₜ™ (@PoliticalJoint) June 14, 2021
We need Beto.
While Abbott prattles on about a bloody wall, we need our grid repaired now. This is going to a long, hot summer.
— ToutdeSuiteLaSinner (@ToutSuiteSinner) June 14, 2021
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