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Jewish Twitter’s credo: ‘Stephen Miller is a white nationalist’

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Liberal Jews on Twitter are tweeting a credo of the moment: Stephen Miller, a top aide to Donald Trump and the force behind some of his most exclusionary immigration efforts, is a white nationalist.

The tweets came in response to one from Joel Pollak, a writer for the conservative media site Breitbart, who was himself responding to a tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar tweeted her conviction that Miller is a white nationalist, linking to an article from 2019 about his role in picking a “tougher” head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Pollak’s tweet, which was “liked” thousands of times, received a flurry of responses from Jews mentioning their Jewish bona fides and declaring that Stephen Miller is a white nationalist.

Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist materials and ideas to Breitbart during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, leaked emails from Miller’s account show. The hundreds of emails, obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “showcase the extremist, anti-immigrant ideology that undergirds the policies he has helped create as an architect of Donald Trump’s presidency,” the Center wrote in its corresponding report.

Miller, in pushing back against allegations that he is a white nationalist or a white supremacist, has suggested that the allegations are anti-Semitic, similar to the implication in Pollak’s tweet.

“It is an attempt on the part of the Democratic Party to attack and demonize a Jewish staffer,” Miller said after the release of the SPLC report. “And make no mistake, there is a deep vein of anti-Semitism that is running through today’s Democratic Party.”

Miller has come under scorn from his Jewish relatives, who have noted that his great-grandparents were themselves immigrants who succeeded in the so-called American dream.

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at feldman@forward.com or follow him on Twitter @aefeldman

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Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. He covers Jewish religious organizations, synagogue life, anti-Semitism and the Orthodox world. If you have any tips, you can email him at feldman@forward.com. Follow him on Twitter @aefeldman.

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