‘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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‘We Warned You’: Jenna Ellis Destroyed by Legal Expert for Comparing Herself and Giuliani to Atticus Finch
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.”
Jenna Ellis complains that she and Rudy Giuliani are being smeared for working for Trump and promoting his bogus stolen elections claims, likening their efforts to John Adams defending British soldiers in the Boston Massacre or Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” pic.twitter.com/9n1xjdr6m7
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 15, 2021
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.”
Trump’s MAGA Supporters Chant Profanities Within ‘Clear’ Earshot of Young Kids Biden Was Talking to Outdoors
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.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) October 15, 2021
Getting a little rowdy as more protesters show up with Trump flags and “F*uck Biden” flags. pic.twitter.com/k7qFJp4Iw0
— Eric Bedner (@BednerEric) October 15, 2021
“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.”
Biden greets kids in the playground at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut. pic.twitter.com/YfGCndt3NV
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 15, 2021
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:
Per radio pool, while @POTUS spent time meeting toddlers at an outdoor playground, Trump supporters gathered across street could be clearly heard shouting a now-familiar expletive phrase involving his name
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) October 15, 2021
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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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.
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