Stephen Miller, the White House national policy director, turned in appearances on all the Sunday shows this weekend, coming off as robotic in defending President Trump in teleprompter-ready fashion.
Hitting NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “Fox News Sunday,” and ABC’s “This Week,” Miller’s wooden delivery drew ridicule from the internet, especially since he was basically the face of the White House for the day. His message wasn’t much to write home about either, rehashing President Donald Trump’s complaint that courts shouldn’t review his executive orders, adviser Kellyanne Conway’s promotion of Ivanka Trump’s products, and the new president’s oft-repeated false claim of large-scale voter fraud.
“We know for a fact that you have massive numbers of non-citizens registered to vote in this country. Nobody disputes that,” he told “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, defending President Donald Trump’s false claim that millions voted illegally for rival Hillary Clinton in the November election.
Miller repeated the assertion when Stephanopoulos challenged him, adding, “We know that we have George, it is a fact, and you will not deny it, that there are mass numbers of non-citizens in this country who are registered to vote. That is a scandal. We should stop the presses.” Studies have been unequivocal that the voter fraud and illegal voter registration that Miller and Trump allege do not exist.
The appearances prompted consternation on Twitter, where pundits focused especially on the balding 31-year- old’s mechanical recitation of talking points.
Ok. I am going to go ahead and say out loud what a lot of you are thinking…this Stephen Miller fellow is kind of creepy. https://t.co/8zDhQ6R8UV— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 12, 2017
But Trump wasn’t fazed, sending out his own tweet in support of his adviser.
Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017