(CNSNew.com) – Democrats use the word ‘racist’ to silence people they disagree with and to suppress speech they don’t want to hear, Senior White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller told “Fox News Sunday.
“I think the term ‘racist,’ Chris, has become a label that is too often deployed by left, Democrats in this country simply to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech that they don't want to hear. The reality is that this president has been a president for all Americans, whether you look at historically low black unemployment rates, historically low Hispanic unemployment rates, or if you look at what he's doing on immigration to protect safety, security, rising wages for all American citizens,” Miller said.
“But when he questioned -- and let's -- there's a long record here, when he questioned whether or not Barack Obama was an American citizen; when he said the people, in his announcement, that Mexico is sending this country are not their best, they are rapists, they are drug dealers and some are good people; when he called for total and complete shutdown of the Muslim ban, something I know you were very involved in -- that's not protecting the American people. That is playing the race card,” Fox News host Chris Wallace said.
“I couldn't disagree more. I mean, let's take, for example, the issue of the recent indictment we saw of 22 MS-13 gang members in California,” Miller said.
“Well, we're not talking about hardened criminals,” Wallace said. He asked Miller whether Trump questioning whether former President Obama is an American has “a race quality” to it.
“They raise questions about John McCain's circumstances of birth,” Miller said.
“No, there were never raised questions about John McCain. There are questions about whether he was or born in the Panama Canal or not. There was never a race question about John McCain,” Wallace said.
“I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin, that that makes it racial criticism,” Miller said.
“He wasn't criticizing him. He was questioning whether he is an American,” Wallace said of Trump’s criticism of Obama.
“You saw from Congresswoman [Ayanna] Pressley this week that she was saying that if you're brown, you have to speak like a brown person; if you're black, you have to speak like a black person. That's the kind of ideology the president is rejecting. If you want to have a color blind society, it means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people's views, you can ask questions about where they're born and not have it be seen as racial,” Miller said.
Speaking on the president’s rally, where the crowd was chanting, “Send her back,” Miller said that the audience and “millions of patriotic Americans all across this country are tired of being beat up, condescended to, looked down upon, talked down to by members of Congress on the left in Washington, D.C., and their allies in many corners of the media.
“And let's get specific about it. You saw the quotes from Representative Omar saying some people did something at 9/11. And yes, if you watch it in context, it’s worse. You saw the quotes from Representative Omar talking about how, oh, well, we talk about al Qaeda in menacing tone -- and by the way, she's giggling throughout this interview, but we don't talk about the Army in a menacing tone. And, yes, if you watch it in context - which I have - it's even worse,” he said.
“And perhaps the most shocking of all, with the comments made by Representative Ocasio-Cortez saying that our border agents are running concentration camps, and therefore they are Nazis, and therefore, everyone in that audience and you and me and everyone who supports our Border Patrol are by extension Nazi sympathizers, we support Nazis if we support border agents,” Miller said.
He said that as a Jew, he was “profoundly outraged” by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) comments.
“One more point on that, that I have to say, which is that I'm Jew. As a Jew, as an American Jew, I am profoundly outraged by the comments from Ocasio-Cortez. It is a historical smear. It is a sinful comment. It minimizes the death of 6 million of my Jewish brothers and sisters. It minimizes their suffering, and it paints every patriotic law enforcement officer as a war criminal, and those are the comments, Chris, that we need to be focusing on,” Miller said.