This afternoon, during the press briefing, White House Advisor and Jeff Sessions’ minion Stephen Miller came out to announce our nation’s new immigration policy, which is basically: We will only let skilled white people who speak English into America from now on. It did not go over well. In fact, CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta took dramatic issue with Stephen Miller in a bizarre back-and-forth in which Acosta reminded Miller of the poem on the Statue of Liberty (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”) and Miller called Acosta “cosmopolitan” and mansplained that the poem wasn’t originally part of the Statue of Liberty:
“I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty lighting the world, it’s a symbol of liberty lighting the world. The poem you are referring to, which was added later, is not part of the original Statue of Liberty.”
Stephen Miller can go fuck himself. It’s a noteworthy exchange, however, if only because someone in the press tried to stand up to the White House. Also, if you didn’t hate Stephen Miller before, try watching this for 30 seconds without falling into a deep state of despair and rage.
Twitter had plenty of reactions, both to Stephen Miller and the new immigration policy. For instance, here’s the Anne Frank House statement on Miller’s comments re: The Statute of Liberty poem.
Here is our full statement on Stephen Miller's grotesque statement calling Emma Lazarus poem's on the Statue of Liberty "meaningless." pic.twitter.com/5tAn92ecqk— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) August 2, 2017
That’s a much better way of telling Stephen Miller to go fuck himself.
Here’s some more colorful insults from the Twitter brigade.
Stephen Miller as Macaulay Culkin's character from The Good Son but on the day he was dressed up as Willy Loman for the school play.— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller is what white nationalism looks like in 2017. It's not KKK rallies & hoods, it's well-spoken, educated bigots in suits.— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) August 2, 2017
"Sir, healthcare failed, the Russia scandal is everywhere, approval's in the tank."— TK (@TKhatesyou) August 2, 2017
"Have we tried being more racist? Someone call Miller."
Two thoughts: 1. Stephen Miller is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is. 2. Why would you let this dude anywhere near a camera? https://t.co/VHZOXMupzH— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) August 2, 2017
Sometimes Stephen Miller forgets that he's at the White House podium in front of the nation and not Union Pub in front of Sessions staffers.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller knows what babies taste like— Brian Byrd Rule (@BrianByrdman) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller proves that if you don't want your new immigration plan to be called racist, don't let it be presented by a creepy racist.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 2, 2017
if Stephen Miller gets his way the Statue of Liberty will become the Statue of Limitations— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) August 2, 2017
RETWEET if you agree a potato can do a better job than Stephen Miller! pic.twitter.com/U5LI3uhOv8— The Hummingbird (@SaysHummingbird) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller: What it looks like when "Well, actually" takes on human form.— John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 2, 2017
Him: The poem was added later.— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) August 2, 2017
Imagine how mean Stephen Miller must be to waiters— Jon Barinholtz (@JonBarinholtz) August 2, 2017
About time someone like Stephen Miller had the political genius to take on the very overrated Statue of Liberty, who everybody hates— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller looks like a eunuch whose testicles were happy for the estrangement.— Abaddon (@BacchusFan) August 2, 2017
All the kids who picked on Stephen Miller in elementary school owe America an apology— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 2, 2017
Of course, not everyone was appalled:
We need to clone Stephen Miller and appoint him to every cabinet position.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 2, 2017
The latest Quinnipiac poll has Trump’s approval rating at 33 percent and falling. Hopefully, it will continue to fall downward after this repugnant policy.