MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today released a new Extremist File on Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser and far-right extremist, who has been influential in shaping the Trump administration’s rhetoric and policies on immigration and race.
In November 2019, the SPLC released a five-part series that analyzed the content of some 900 emails exchanged between Miller and Breitbart editors from March 4, 2015, to June 27, 2016. These previously unreleased emails revealed that in the runup to the 2016 election, Stephen Miller regularly promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda to editors at Breitbart News as he shaped the far-right website’s coverage of issues related to immigrants.
“Stephen Miller is the architect behind some of the most draconian anti-immigrant policies that we’ve seen from the Trump administration,” said Michael Edison Hayden, senior investigative reporter for the Southern Poverty Law Center. “The emails that were leaked to us have essentially provided a roadmap for the dehumanizing and hateful policies that we’ve seen enacted under this administration. Hate and bigotry have no place in our government and should certainly not be allowed to influence the policies of our nation.”
Following the SPLC’s investigative series verifying Miller’s white nationalist perspective, more than 80 Democratic members of Congress called for his resignation.
The Extremist File documents not only the findings in the leaked emails that revealed his alignment with white nationalist thought and far-right extremism, but also digs further into his background, including Miller’s ties to white nationalist Richard Spencer and his work with far-right hate groups while studying at Duke University, his past work with congressional members to his current role in the Trump White House.
Extremist Files published by the SPLC contain in-depth profiles of individuals who are key figures on the radical right, including David Duke and Alex Jones. The SPLC does not list individuals as hate groups, and not all of those profiled are members or leaders of hate or extremist groups.