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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

You remember Stephen Miller, don’t you? He’s the smug, dead-eyed presidential adviser the White House trots out when it needs someone to deliver its transparently dishonest talking points about immigration. Miller’s track record as a racist xenophobe reportedly stretches back to his high school days, when he dropped a childhood friend for being Latino, showed up to meetings among students of color with the sole purpose of derailing their efforts, and suggested classmates do everything in their power to demean and humiliate janitors. Now, a New York Times profile adds one more gross detail to the Miller file, which was already thick with reasons to dislike the Roy Cohn lookalike.

[Miller] jumped, uninvited, into the final stretch of a girls’ track meet, apparently intent on proving his athletic supremacy over the opposite sex. (The White House, reaching for exculpatory context, noted that this was a girls’ team from another school, not his own.)

Just so we’re clear, the White House confirms that Miller’s latent resentment toward the women who wouldn’t date him in high school was so intense he tried to show them up by competing in a girls’ track meet. This was how he affirmed his self-worth at the time, between writing editorial takedowns of Maya Angelou and screeching about how racism didn’t exist. In college, he filled his time palling around with Richard Spencer and producing propaganda with titles like The Islamic Mein Kampf.

Here’s a video of Miller doing his thing, in case it had slipped your mind.

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.