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Democrats, civil rights groups and many other sentient humans have turned up the volume on demands for the resignation of white supremacist, Nazi fan-boy, xenophobe and, yes, Jew Stephen Miller after last week's leaks of emails revealing his obsession with peddling white nationalist conspiracies and keeping out brown people. The Southern Poverty Law Center's stories - which were based on 900 emails leaked by a former Breitbart staffer and which are still coming - are truly loathsome to behold. Messaging Breitbart while working for then-Sen. and KKK elf Jeff Sessions, Miller ranted endlessly about white genocide, proposed stories from white supremacist sites, advocated Hitler's favorite immigration policies, bemoaned the loss of Confederate monuments and talked up a racist French novel that depicts feces-eating brown people invading Europe. The White House called the SPLC a “long-debunked far-left smear organization”; they never challenged the truth of the emails, because they sound just like the rancid, for-once-said-aloud musings of the guy who came up with family separation.
In response, a coalition of nearly 60 civil and labor rights groups demanded his removal. So did over 100 Democratic lawmakers; after Ilhan Omar tweeted, “No one with a proven hatred of immigrants should be shaping immigration policy,” they went further, blasting him as "unfit to shape any policy - immigration or otherwise.” Another call from supporters of The Squad echoed them with a succinctly-titled petition: Miller Must Go. Now several Jewish groups have joined the fight, proclaiming, “As your fellow American Jews, we will not rest until you resign.” Jews Against White Nationalism, a coalition of eight Jewish groups - Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, The Jewish Vote, T’ruah, Never Again Action, J Street, IfNotNow, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and the Jewish Vote - launched a petition citing "the paper trail confirming what we all suspected: Stephen Miller is a white nationalist.” “We have seen irrefutable proof of your deep-seated racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia,” they wrote. "You have brought shame to our people and to our country."
The dark dissonance of a Jewish white nationalist at a time of rising anti-Semitism isn't lost on anyone. IfNotNow has embraced that complexity; their new platform calls for defunding the Occupation as well as fighting against both anti-Semitism and white nationalism. Other Jewish leaders have likewise protested not just the political but spiritual damage that Miller's racism represents. The three major liberal Jewish movements - Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist - and their rabbinical associations also issued a joint statement demanding Miller's removal. "There was not much debate," said one rabbi. "A white supremacist in the White House sends chills down rabbis’ spines.” They are not the first rabbis to speak out: Last year, Miller's childhood rabbi blasted his "violence, malice and brutality" in a Rosh Hashanah sermon. Meanwhile, that brutality goes on.
Miller is still busy putting allies into key positions and helping destroy our asylum system with cruel new rules. The newest story from SPLC also traces his longtime insistence on linking "illegal aliens" with crime, despite mountains of contrary evidence. Last year, it was that hypocrisy that moved Miller's uncle, a neuropsychologist who works with refugees, to write blisteringly of his "dismay and growing horror" at seeing real people, not "ghoulish caricatures," being hurt by his nephew's vile policies. He also noted the "grim historical irony" of the Jewish kid from Santa Monica bonding with Charlottesville's "Jews Will Not Replace Us" Nazis. SPLC's new story exposes that weirdness in all its ugly glory: It quotes an anti-Semitic white nationalist mulling the happy conundrum of a Jewish white nationalist, marveling, "Everything that he does is intended to stop brown people coming in." "It is simply a fact that there is nothing I have seen this Jew do that I disagree with," he writes. "I’m happy with him continuing doing what he is doing, as he appears to be doing it very well."
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