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President’s Power ‘Will Not Be Questioned’: Trump Adviser’s Comments Have Everyone Talking About His Chilling Authoritarianism

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‘The Powers of the President to Protect Our Country Are Very Substantial and Will Not Be Questioned’
– Stephen Miller, February 2, 2017

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller made the Sunday morning talk show rounds and almost immediately his comments set off outrage, anger, disgust, and fear. Miller is a little-known yet powerful influence in the Trump administration, reportedly responsible – in partnership with former Breitbart publisher Stephen Bannon – 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. 

Whatever Miller’s particular beliefs are, however, his presence on the Sunday talk shows was horrific. At one point Miller claimed Trump’s Mexican wall will pay for itself (wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for it?) and at another point, ABC’s 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.” 

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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: 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 that 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.” 

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:

If you think there’s any chance President Trump had a problem with Miller’s remarks, guess again:

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 at (202) 456-1111 and your Senators and Congressman at (202) 224-3121 and demand Stephen Miller be fired immediately.

The first two minutes is the compilation. After that, reaction from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski – who should never, ever be forgiven for helping Trump get elected.

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This is pure unadulterated authoritarianism. Regardless of whether or not Miller ever appears 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:

 

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘We Warned You’: Jenna Ellis Destroyed by Legal Expert for Comparing Herself and Giuliani to Atticus Finch

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Former Trump personal and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis is getting blowback from at least one top legal expert after she falsely compared herself and her colleague, Rudy Giuliani, to fictional hero attorney Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and to founding father John Adams.

“No, you are not John Adams. You are not Atticus Finch. Competent lawyers warned you to stay away from the election lawsuits,” said top national security attorney Bradley Moss. “We warned you loyalty to a conspiratorial client [doesn’t] override ethical obligations to the court. It’s on you.”

Ellis, in video posted by Right Wing Watch (below), claimed that she and Giuliani were merely “advocating” for “politically inconvenient candidates” like Trump, which is provably false.

Giuliani, according to numerous news reports, wasn’t defending Trump so much as he was traveling the world trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden to help Trump win re-election. When that didn’t work Giuliani (and Ellis) promoted false election “fraud” narratives, which is not advocacy for a client.

“It used to be that if you represented the politically inconvenient candidates or the, the politically inconvenient, people I mean look at ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ you know, it was like you were you were lauded as a defense attorney, like John Adams, you know, who represented people who deserve a defense,” Ellis said.

“This has such an impact on the future of America,” Ellis continued, “because if we tell lawyers that in order to advocate for a client, that means that necessarily you have to subscribe to their position, you will be you will be liable for your bar license essentially based on not only the merit of their case but the outcome, then we won’t have advocates anymore in the United States.”

Again, that is not a reality-based response to what she and Giuliani were doing.

Moss, meanwhile, was far from the only attorney criticizing Ellis.

Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Richard Signorelli, commented, “Jenna is lucky she wasn’t given any actual lawyerly responsibilities.”

Atlanta appellate attorney Andrew Fleischman weighed in, saying, “It’s good for people to get due process before being convicted of things. It’s bad to file dozens of frivolous, dishonest lawsuits. That’s the distinction.”

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Trump’s MAGA Supporters Chant Profanities Within ‘Clear’ Earshot of Young Kids Biden Was Talking to Outdoors

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Trump’s MAGA supporters were out in full force Friday afternoon, chanting “F**k Biden,” waving flags with the same slogan, along with ones that falsely claim “Trump won,” as President Joe Biden spoke with young children outside a Connecticut child development center.

“Around 50 more Trump supporters,” according to the White House press pool, “gathered a street away from the center. They chanted ‘F*** Joe Biden. He’s not our president.’ They also shouted ‘traitors’ as a coda while we walked inside.”

Minutes later the press pool reported President Biden “entered the playground at 1:25, greeted by some gregarious children. One gave him a hug, as he kneeled to talk. Another, wearing an American flag t-shirt, pointed out parts of the playground.”

But then, confirmation that the Trump supporters’ profanity could be heard by the young children and the President.

“From the playground the pool could still hear protesters chanting from the curb outside. More expletives. More yelling,” the pool reports.

NBC News White House Correspondent Mike Memoli also confirms:

President Biden later made televised remarks promoting his “Build Back Better” agenda, and talking about how improvements to infrastructure will help young children.

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS

Biden Justice Dept. to Formally Petition Supreme Court to Block Unconstitutional Texas Abortion Ban

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The Biden Dept. of Justice will formally ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block Texas’ near-total ban on abortion, one many legal experts say is unconstitutional.

CNN reports the DOJ will make the formal request to block implementation of the law “while legal challenges play out, a department spokesperson said Friday.”

The DOJ has been filing requests with lower courts, but in an unusual set of circumstances the Fifth Circuit, one of the nation’s most conservative courts of appeal, has sided with the State of Texas instead of judges who have moved to block the new type of law.

This will be seen as a test of the 6-3 majority conservative Supreme Court, that repeatedly bent to then-President Donald Trump’s frequent requests, as he bypassed lower courts frequently to implement his polices that were often challenged by civil rights groups.

 

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