In this combination image from left; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., July 10, 2019, Washington, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., March 12, 2019, in Washington, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., July 12, 2019, in Washington, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., July 10, 2019, in Washington. In tweets Sunday, President Donald Trump portrays the lawmakers as foreign-born troublemakers who should go back to their home countries. In fact, the lawmakers, except one, were born in the U.S. (AP Photo)
Fox News’ Chris Wallace’s anti-Trump bias was on full display Sunday night during his interview with Stephen Miller, Trump’s Senior White House Adviser. When Wallace wasn’t interrupting Miller, or bashing President Trump for stoking racial tensions, he sat pursing his lips with a look of undisguised skepticism on his face. If only he had been half as aggressive when he hosted a town hall event for 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg a couple of months ago.
Anyway, Miller was well aware he was in enemy territory and was fully prepared as the two debated the public feud between Trump and Rep. Ilhan Omar which had erupted the previous weekend with his “go back to where they came from” tweets. It escalated when his supporters began an impromptu “send her back” chant at his N.C. rally.
I’ll present some of the highlights (emphasis mine) and the entire interview can be viewed in the video below.
Wallace began by showing a clip of Trump’s tweets along with several other remarks that he deemed to be racist. He asked Miller, “Why shouldn’t someone see all of that as racist?”
I think the term “racist,” Chris, has become a label that is too often deployed by the left, Democrats in this country simply to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech that they don’t want to hear.
The reality is that this president has been a president for all Americans, whether you look at historically low black unemployment rates, historically low Hispanic unemployment rates, or if you look at what he’s doing on immigration to protect safety, security, rising wages for all American citizens.
I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin, that that makes it racial criticism. You saw from Congresswoman Pressley this week that she was saying that if you are — if you’re brown, you have to speak like a brown person; if you’re black, you have to speak like a black person. That’s the kind of ideology the president is rejecting.
If you want to have a color-blind society, it means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people’s views, you can ask questions about where they’re born and not have it be seen as racial.
Wallace criticized Trump for allowing supporters at his rally to chant “send her back,” noting that it lasted for 13 seconds before subsiding.
Miller reminded Wallace that Trump did condemn the chant and said:
All the people in that audience and millions of patriotic Americans all across this country are tired of being beat up, condescended to, looked down upon, talked down to by members of Congress on the left in Washington, D.C., and their allies in many corners of the media.
Then, Miller went on the offensive:
You saw the quotes from Representative Omar saying ‘some people did something’ at 9/11. And yes, if you watch it in context, it’s worse. You saw the quotes from Representative Omar talking about how, ‘oh, well, we talk about al Qaeda in menacing tone — and by the way, she’s giggling throughout this interview, but we don’t talk about the Army in a menacing tone. And, yes, if you watch it in context, which I have, it’s even worse.
Miller brought up AOC’s comparison of ICE detention centers to “concentration camps.” He said:
And perhaps the most shocking of all, with the comments made by Representative Ocasio-Cortez saying that our border agents are running concentration camps, and therefore they are Nazis, and therefore, everyone in that audience and you and me and everyone who supports our border patrol are, by extension, Nazis sympathizers. We support Nazis if we support border agents.
I’m a Jew. As a Jew, as an American Jew, I am profoundly outraged by the comments from Ocasio-Cortez. It is a historical smear. It is a sinful comment. It minimizes the death of six million of my Jewish brothers and sisters. It minimizes their suffering and it paints every patriotic law enforcement officer as a war criminal, and those are the comments, Chris, that we need to be focusing on.
Wallace then played clips of Trump on the campaign trail calling Obama ignorant and saying that foreigners were laughing at us. He asked how Trump’s criticism of the U.S. was any different than that from the Squad. Wallace said there is “no question” that Trump was stoking racial divisions. This segment became especially contentious.
There’s a fundamental distinction between people who think that we need to lean into and strengthen America’s core values, whether it’d be our constitutional values, the rule of law, the principles of Western civilization, or people who think it would basically need to turn America into Venezuela. There’s a gigantic, enormous distinction between Donald Trump saying I’m going to get on the world stage and put America first in every single thing we do, versus a view that says America should never come first and American citizens should never come first, which is their view, and that’s what we’re going to take to the ballot box.
Next, Wallace brought up Trump’s criticism of AOC’s reference to the country as garbage. “She didn’t say the country was garbage. She said some of the policies she opposes are garbage.”
It’s literally impossible to read the quote that way. What she saying is there’s a debate in the Democratic Party in which some people want to improve, in her mind, 10% from garbage, which maybe we’ll say is Obamacare, where she wants to do, say Medicare-for-All, which she views being I guess 70% better than garbage. Her point is we’re starting at garbage, so I want to go a little better than garbage.
These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the structure of our country. They want it to be a socialist, open borders country.
If you, as Donald Trump says, want to destroy America with open borders, you cannot say you love your country. If you attack border agents the way that Ocasio-Cortez has, it means you have a deep-seated hatred of the nation as it exists. Miller concluded. That’s why you want to erase its borders, fundamentally transform the country and in the process, it doesn’t matter if American citizens lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their livelihoods, lose their health coverage, and lose their very lives.
If one didn’t know that Wallace was a Fox News anchor, they might have thought they’d tuned into MSNBC instead. Miller not only managed to hold his own while Wallace played the agitator, but he succeeded in crushing many of the liberal talking points Wallace was parroting. Trump had to have been pleased with Miller’s performance.
Watch the whole interview below.