Wednesday, August 02, 2017

But does he realize he sounds like a dick?

Returning to our regularly scheduled programming:

“[Stephen] had a blast,” a senior White House official told The Daily Beast after the briefing wrapped. “This is his fight.”

Arguing with a reporter on a point of ideology, and about "The New Colossus" on the Statue of Liberty.  

November 2nd [1883] - Emma Lazarus composes "The New Colossus" for the "Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty" - a fundraiser for the pedestal.

In 1886 the pedestal for the statue is completed, and the Statue is formally unveiled on October 28.   In 1903:

Words from Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus" are inscribed on a plaque and mounted to the base of the Statue.

The poem has been linked to statue since 2 years before it arrived in this country.  Stephen Miller is a dick and a putz.*  And as for the fight, two quotes from Mr. Miller's "argument," one of which can be heard above, but which becomes clearer in its desperation in isolation:

In the first exchange, Thrush asked Miller to present studies with specific statistics that supported the belief that low-skilled immigrants were taking jobs from American workers. Miller snapped at Thrush, saying to Thrush: “Maybe we’ll make a carve-out in the bill that says the New York Times can hire all the low-skilled, less-paid workers from other countries and see how you feel then about low-wage substitution.”

Yeah, that's tellin' him!  It's also not answering the question.  And the second:

Miller disputed Acosta’s follow-up points on historic trends in immigration to the US, and Acosta asked, trying to return to the point about English-speaking immigrants, “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” adding that it sounded to him like “racial and ethnic” engineering. Miller’s response escalated quickly: “That is one of the most outrageous insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said.” 

Which is the usual cover used by racists when they realize their racism is showing.  On that point,  I picked this up:

Miller went to college at Duke with neo-Nazi rebrander Richard Spencer, who has said they knew each other very well and that they bonded over “concerns that immigrants from non-European countries were not assimilating.”

And I thought, "Yeah, well...", until I got to this information:

Incidentally, Miller has supporters in his position on the insignificance of the Statue of Liberty poem. Rush Limbaugh, for one, has ranted against it in recent years. It is also a consistent topic on the xenophobic anti-immigrant web site VDare. And after Trump’s first unconstitutional Muslim ban was issued in January, Richard Spencer said this about the poem: “It’s offensive that such a beautiful, inspiring statue was ever associated with ugliness, weakness, and deformity.”

It's hard not to think Mr. Miller was agreeing with that sentiment.  It's also clear he doesn't have an argument.

*Yes, Miller says the poem was not part of the original statue.  Neither was the pedestal it stands on, but imagine it without that, either.  What, precisely, was your point, Mr. Miller?  The power of originalism?  Yeah, that's about how useful that idea is.

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