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Top WH Aide Stephen Miller Becomes Focus as ‘White Supremacist’ Who’s Blocking Trump Over Immigration on Shutdown Deal

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‘A Fascist and a White Supremacist’

Stephen Miller is now the focus of many as the Trump federal government shutdown enters its third day. Miller is President Donald Trump’s senior advisor for policy and is credited with writing many of the president’s speeches, while pushing him ever more to the right. 

“Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we’re going nowhere,” GOP Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters Sunday.

The 32-year old White House aide has reportedly been behind the disintegration of every deal Trump is supposedly agreeing to with Senate Democrats and Republicans. Why? Miller is a hard-line anti-immigration ideologue.

Miller’s background and beliefs have long been the subject of concern, especially among the left. He allegedly has ties to Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who reportedly coined the rebranding of the racist hate ideology into the “alt-right” movement. And he served as then-senator Jeff Sessions’ communications director.

As an aide on Capitol Hill, he was a behind-the-scenes architect of the successful effort to kill comprehensive immigration reform in 2014,” Politico wrote in a lengthy 2016 profile of Miller.

Monday morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was all over Miller, repeatedly egging on Trump for being overruled by a “32-year old staffer.”

“A 32-year-old aide has shut down the government!” Scarborough at one point said.

“Leaders across the world are seeing how weak an how pathetic this President can be as a leader,” Scarborough railed, clearly egging on Trump for being overruled by Miller. (Video above, at about the 3:20 mark.)

What Scarborough failed to discuss was what others have been saying about Miller: that he’s a white supremacist.

Who’s calling Miller a white supremacist?

Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard law school:

Film producer, civil rights activist and CEO Michael Skolnik:

The Intercept columnist Shaun King:

Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University law professor and human rights lawyer Arjun Sethi:

Writer Thor Benson:

Attorney and journalism professor Seth Abramson:

It’s certainly not the first time the charge has been made. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called Miller a white supremacist, and Senator Sherrod Brown said Miller certainly “seems to be” a white supremacist.

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THE GOP IS NOW THE QANON PARTY

FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers

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The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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‘House Is on Fire’: Liberals Message Justice Breyer in ‘Fantasy Land’ After McConnell Says He’ll Block Biden Nominee

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Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to block any Supreme Court nominee President Joe Biden should put forth if the GOP retakes the Senate next year, and now liberals are urging Justice Stephen Breyer to consider stepping down so Democrats can replace him instead of allowing Republican to create a 7-2 majority.

President Donald Trump, thanks to McConnell, was able to put three justices on the nation’s highest court, giving conservatives a 6-3 majority.

Justice Breyer, who is 82, was put on the court by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994. He was confirmed 87-9.

Here’s what some are saying:

 

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'EXPAND THE SUPREME COURT'

‘Endless Cycle of Republican Abuse of Power’: Legal Experts Blast McConnell for Planning to Block a Biden SCOTUS Pick

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U.S. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell kicked off the week by telling right wing radio host Hugh Hewitt that he is planning to block any U.S. Supreme Court nominee President Joe Biden makes if Republicans win back the Senate next year.

“Let me ask you, if you regain the majority in 2022 for the Republicans, and there’s a very good chance of that happening,” Hewitt posited, “would the rule that you applied in 2016 to the Scalia vacancy apply in 2024 to any vacancy that occurred then?”

McConnell responded by once again invoking happenstance as precedence.

“Well, I think in the middle of a presidential election, if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy was filled,” he said, not mentioning that none were actually blocked. “So I think it’s highly unlikely. In fact, no, I don’t think either party if it controlled, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election. What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president.”

“And that’s why we went ahead with it,” McConnell added.

The U.S. Constitution says nothing about party control in the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee, and in fact the founders warned of the dangers of even having political parties.

During the interview Hewitt credited McConnell’s blocking of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to Donald Trump winning the 2016 election. Obama nominated then-Judge Merrick Garland 237 days before Election Day. McConnell bragged that blocking him is “the single most consequential thing I’ve done in my time as majority leader of the Senate.”

Legal experts are blasting McConnell.

“I’m not convinced a Republican-controlled Senate will ever confirm another Democratic president’s appeals court nominees, either,” says Slate staff writer on courts and the law, Mark Joseph Stern. “*Maybe* a tiny handful, but as a rule, Republicans will hold those seats open. They’ve all but admitted as much!”

Clinton White House official, Harvard-educated attorney, CNN political commentator Keith Boykin:

Legal Affairs Editor, Condé Nast Luke Zaleski:

National Security attorney Brad Moss:

Voting rights expert and contributing writer at The Nation Ari Berman:

Election law expert, Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine Rick Hasen:

US Senator for Massachusetts Ed Markey:

 

 

 

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