The Atlantic magazine recently published a profile on Trump’s troll Steven Miller, the Trump administration’s lead underminer of any immigration deal in Congress.
According to McCay Coppins’ Atlantic article:
While lawmakers scrambled to reach a compromise on legislation that would protect some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who had come to the country as children, Miller was quietly hustling to block any deal that didn’t include major Democratic concessions, according to aides on both sides of the aisle.
In his press conferences at the White House, Miller portrays himself as a defender of the working class, but when he moved to Washington, he bought a million dollar apartment with the help of his parents. He is notoriously anti-Catholic, spinning conspiracy theories about how the Catholic Church was involved in a conspiracy to benefit from the refugee crisis.
Miller showed a lack of all empathy from the time he was a college provocateur. According to the Atlantic piece, he used to go up to women he viewed as feminists and make creepy sexual remarks. Even in high school, rich-kid Miller urged his fellow students to leave their garbage where it fell since the janitors got paid to pick it up.
Coppins’ article reads:
Inside the White House, Miller has emerged as a staunch ideologue and an immigration hawk championing an agenda of right-wing nationalism. But people who have known him at different points in his life say his political worldview is also rooted in a deep-seated instinct for trolling. Miller represents a rising generation of conservatives for whom “melting the snowflakes” and “triggering the libs” are first principles. You can find them on college campuses, holding “affirmative action bake sales” or hosting rallies for alt-right figures in the name of free speech. You can see them in the new conservative media, churning out incendiary headlines for Breitbart News or picking bad-faith fights on Twitter. Raised on talk radio, radicalized on the web, they are a movement in open revolt against the dogmas of “political correctness”—and their tactics could shape the culture wars for years to come.
Miller’s stunts to “trigger snowflakes” are having a real-world daily impact on the lives of millions of immigrants and their loved-ones.