Last week, Sebastian Gorka announced his resignation as White House national security aide. Gorka, a favorite of disposed former chief strategist Steve Bannon, was one of the few remaining nationalists in a prominent role in the Trump administration. In fact, there is only a sole proponent of the “America First” mandate still in the White House: senior policy adviser Stephen Miller.
Miller, a 32-year-old nationalist, is best known for his passionate exchange with a reporter regarding the RAISE Act. This put him on the radar as one of Trump’s fiercest surrogates, as he dealt with the mouthy reporter with a measured but ruthless response that had the MAGA faithful cheering loudly.
“I am shocked at your statement, that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English,” Miller said in an exchange with Jim Acosta of CNN earlier this month. “It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree… Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English, outside of Great Britain and Australia? Is that your personal experience?”
“That is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said,” Miller said. “The notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting.”
This media smackdown put Miller on the map as one of Trump’s most effective media surrogates, and leftists have taken notice. With Bannon and Gorka now gone, Miller has effectively become public enemy number one for the Democrats. Smelling blood at this point, the vultures are already circling Miller as their next target.
“Sebastian Gorka, a fiery nationalist and Bannon ally, abruptly exits White House 2 down and 1 to go. Stephen Miller!” Rep. Bruce Cohen (R-TN) said in a tweet. Cohen recently filed a bill intended to impeach President Trump on spurious charges.
Cohen has a point. It is clear that nationalists are on their way out in the Trump administration, but can Miller buck the trend? Unlike Gorka or Bannon, Miller seems to have an even temperament and an intellectual manner about him. If he can hang on, he will still have his work cut out for him–being the lone voice of sanity against the war party members, corporatists, Democrats, lobbyists, and other swamp rats who Trump invited into his White House.