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‘It Reveals Your Cosmopolitan Bias to a Shocking Degree’

Three days before Donald Trump was inaugurated, the LA Times reported that in high school, some of Stephen Miller’s classmates called him racist.

Latino students recall Miller telling them dismissively that they would do better to work on their English language skills rather than spend their time forming clubs based on ethnicity. Some called him racist.”

In May, VANITY FAIR published a profile of Stephen Miller, titled, “How Stephen Miller Rode White Rage From Duke’s Campus to Trump’s West Wing.”

Stephen Miller, a Senior Advisor to the President – a title he shares with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner – is a long-time fan and protégé of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Both are closely aligned with former Breitbart publisher Steve Bannon, now Chief White House Strategist.

On inauguration day, the newly-sworn in President Trump told America, “for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential,” he said, in a speech that stunned the world. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

Stephen Miller is credited with writing those words.

Reporters Wednesday afternoon were surprised when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders allowed Miller to take the podium to discuss the White House’s new anti-immigration bill, which would, as President Trump explained Wednesday morning, require people wanting to immigrate to America to already “speak English.”

It did not go well. For 30 minutes. In a stunningly unprofessional attack on the press.

At one point Miller berated New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, saying: “Maybe it’s time we had compassion for American workers,” with the emphasis on “American.”

And here’s Miller berating CNN reporter Jim Acosta, a favorite target of the Trump administration. 

During his seven-minute tirade, Miller at one point called Acosta’s remarks “one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish things you have ever said, and for you that is really…” Miller chose not to complete that sentence.

The attack, though, began with an argument about the Statue of Liberty.

“I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here,” Miller condescendingly told Acosta, “but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty and lighting the world, it’s a symbol of liberty lighting the world. The poem you are referring to, which was added later, is not part of the original Statue of Liberty,” he said.

(Technically, he is right. The “Give me your tired,” poem, titled, “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus, was added as part of a fund-raising effort, but its words still have the same meaning, as Acosta said.)

“Jim, I appreciate your speech,” Miller said, then peppering Acosata with supposed statisticis.

“Tell me what years meet Jim Acosta’s definition of the law of the land,” Miller, nearly shouting, demanded of the CNN reporter. 

“I am shocked at your statement that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English,” Miller later told Acosta, whose parents, he said, were Cuban immigrants. 

“It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree,” Miller continued, again raising his voice, almost yelling, in an astonishingly inappropriate attack on a reporter.

“This is an amazing moment, no, this is an amazing moment,” Miller said, clearly performing for the cameras to the administration’s alt-right base, “that you would think only people from Great Britain and Australia is so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who do speak English from all over the world.” 

“The notion that you think this is a racist bill is so insulting,” Miller accused, telling Acosta he is advocating for “uncontrolled migration.”

“Insinuations like Jim made, trying to ascribe nefarious motives to a compassion immigration measure designed to help newcomers and current arrivals alike, is wrong,” Miller added.

At the end, Miller, perhaps remembering there’s a new Chief of Staff to whom he now reports, said: “I apologize Jim if things got heated, but you did make some pretty rough insinuations.” Acosta had not made any rough insinuations. “I think that went exactly as planned,” he appeared to joke. Chances are, given Miller’s past, he intended the attack all along.

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Louie Gohmert Gave $5500 to a Homophobic Holocaust-Denying Preacher — Then Claimed It Was an Accident

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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.

 

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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police

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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. 

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'CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT'

#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave

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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.

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.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.

 

 

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