Twenty-five Jewish lawmakers signed a letter Friday calling for the White House to oust senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, citing what they called his white supremacist and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.
In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, the Congress members focused on Miller’s hardline views on immigration and referenced recently leaked emails in which he promoted white national material to Breitbart.
“With America experiencing historic levels of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism, and white supremacy, there should be no place in our government and on any President’s staff for people propagating such views,” the letter says.
In the emails, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller sent a Breitbart reporter links to VDare, a news website popular with white nationalists, and recommended that she read “The Camp of the Saints,” a racist French novel by Jean Raspail from the 1970s that has become an ideological foundation document for white nationalists.
He also railed against the removal of Confederate monuments and flags after a white nationalist, Dylann Roof, opened fire at a South Carolina church and killed nine worshippers.
Miller has helped craft the president’s controversial immigration policies, including the ban on citizens of certain Muslim majority countries and the family separation policy on the southern border. Miller is Jewish and his ancestors were immigrants to the United States.
The lawmakers also pushed back on the response by White House spokesman Hogan Gidley to the emails that implied the criticism of Miller was anti-Semitic.
“Weaponizing anti-Semitism is incredibly dangerous – by muddying the waters, we are no longer able to see and fight against the real anti-Semites in our midst,” the letter reads.
Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., co-wrote the letter.
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