If you don’t know anything about Stephen Miller, Donald Trump’s youngest senior adviser and frequent speechwriter, start with this: He attended Duke University during the rape scandal that plagued the school and its lacrosse team for more than a year, and as it happened, he made a name for himself as a defender of the accused athletes.
You read that right. While the rest of the country was reeling in horror from the gruesome details of the crime, Miller was busy burnishing his resume on whatever right-wing garbage show would have him — Bill O’Reilly’s show perhaps eerily foreshadowing future abuses of women.
Miller has also long been known as the white supremacist behind the wording and attempted execution of the Muslim ban, and as a confidante of fellow Nazi Steve Bannon:
But the racism is easy to spot these days, especially with Bannon gone from the inner circle. It was Bannon who obfuscated the darker racial opinions of the Trump White House in a cloak of Americanism. It’s the sexism that seems almost more important to point out, what with an obscene number of white women who actually support Donald Trump to this day.
So it is incumbent upon me to reveal to you, dear readers, that Stephen Miller once jumped into an all-girls’ footrace during a track meet in high school, according to the New York Times, in an effort to prove boys were athletically superior to girls:
He jumped, uninvited, into the final stretch of a girls’ track meet, apparently intent on proving his athletic supremacy over the opposite sex. (The White House, reaching for exculpatory context, noted that this was a girls’ team from another school, not his own.)”
Miller cuts such on offensive figure against the grain of basic human decency that the NYT piece is hardly the first profile in a large publication that attempts to shine light on the circumstances that may have led to Miller’s premature baldness and inability to maintain a relationship of any kind outside of work or open hostility. Even a long-form Vanity Fair piece over the summer mentioned not only the track meet, but a speech he gave to his high school in which he admonished his fellow students for robbing the custodial staff of the opportunity to earn their pay:
Am I the only one who is sick and tired of being told to pick up my trash when we have plenty of janitors who are paid to do it for us?”
Surely the Donald would never hire a man he knew was such a racist, sexist scumbag. Right?
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