When Bullies Come to Power

As the nation focuses on former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s fall from favor, Stephen Miller is steadily climbing the rungs of success and influence.

Miller came into the spotlight after it was revealed that he was the mastermind behind the president’s cruel family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border and when his uncle, Dr. David Glosser, wrote a piece for Politico titled, “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.”

Now, the president has put Miller in charge of the administration’s immigration policy following the forced resignation of Nielsen, who the president considered to be too lax in her policies.

In his original piece, Glosser addressed the inherent hypocrisy in his nephew’s views on immigration, seeing that he is the descendant of Holocaust survivors.

In doing so, he touched on a tremendous irony that exists in this world, and which he addressed today in an interview with Democracy Now.

“It’s kind of axiomatic that the worse we’ve treated—that the worse that one group treats another group, the greater their need to demonize that group in order to justify their repression or exploitation of them.”


We can see this insidious logic playing out across the globe, perhaps most poignantly in Gaza, where an abused and oppressed people (the Jews) have demonized, exploited, repressed, and abused the Palestinians in an effort to improve their own circumstances.

And they can only do so by continuously dehumanizing Palestinians as justification for their actions.

Miller is acting out the same trope, but on a slightly smaller scale through his persecution of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

As a descendant of immigrants, he is demonizing, repressing, and abusing other immigrants in an effort to elevate his own ancestry and his own status.

Appointing someone with that kind of mentality to a position in which he can enact his darkest fantasies of creating an ethnostate is tremendously dangerous, not only because of how deadly serious he is about his own ideas, but also because of his approach to promoting them.

McKay Coppins, a writer for The Atlantic, describes Miller as a representative of the “rising generation of conservatives for whom “melting the snowflakes” and “triggering the libs” are first principles.”

The point isn’t just to accomplish his goals, it’s to upset and destabilize as many people as possible in the process.

I mean, this is a guy who literally jumped into the final stretch of a women’s track race so that he could “prove male athletic superiority.”

This is a man so fragile in his own ego that he is compelled to prove himself at every opportunity and at any cost.

And now he’s a key figure in the administration of one of the most powerful governments on the face of the earth.

As Coppins so eloquently points out, “”Liberal tears” are the coin of the realm, and giving offense is a form of conquest.”


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