When Jake Tapper invited longtime Donald Trump aide and notorious white supremacist Stephen Miller onto CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, he clearly had no idea what to expect from the interview. But until today, we didn’t know what had gone on after the microphones were shut off and the network was sent to a commercial.
Minor pleasantries were exchanged during Jake’s greeting to Miller. Then, in what was obviously a very uncomfortable conversation for both men, Tapper continuously attempted to calm the irrational, nearly hyperventilating Miller, whose brain was seemingly stuck in a loop, repeating the same few words over and over again.
It didn’t take long for Jake to ascertain that Miller wasn’t actually in the studio for a real interview, and that he was instead sent there by Trump himself to say nice things about him on television. After a few more unsuccessful attempts to corral Miller’s train of thought and help him to look like a grown-up on national TV, Tapper ended the interview early, stating that he had wasted enough of his viewers’ time.
That’s when Stephen Miller hit the roof. For those with no background on Miller, he was the author of Trump’s “American Carnage” inauguration speech, and has been described variously as pompous, arrogant, rude, and a bigot by even people who have liked him in the past. A past administrator at Miller’s alma mater, Duke, described him like so:
“He’s the most sanctimonious student I think I ever encountered. He seemed to be absolutely sure of his own views and the correctness of them, and seemed to assume that if you were in disagreement with him, there was something malevolent or stupid about your thinking. Incredibly intolerant.”
Jake got a little taste of that, as Miller refused to leave the studio, instead carrying on his childish argument well after the segment was over:
Here’s a transcript of at least part of the not-seen-on-TV conversation between Stephen Miller and @jaketapper during the commercial break that followed the @CNNSotu interview… pic.twitter.com/NhBFrEeesA
— Arden Farhi (@ArdenFarhi) January 8, 2018
It’s no wonder the president keeps Miller at his side. And it’s no wonder he doesn’t appear much on television — he is, impossibly, even worse at it than his boss.
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