President Donald Trump’s senior advisor for policy Stephen Miller laid the smack down on CNN’s Jim Acosta during Wednesday’s White House Press briefing.
“I wanna get into the Miller press conference right away because i though this was the best press conference I can remember of the Trump era” Buck Sexton said at the start of Wednesday’s show. “Stephen Miller was en fuego today.”
The fireworks erupted when the CNN White House correspondent questioned Miller as to whether or not President Trump’s proposed immigration policy was in keeping with the spirit of “The New Colossus” the poem found at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
“What the President is proposing here does not sound like it’s in keeping with American tradition when it comes to immigration,” said Acosta. “Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country… Can’t people learn to speak English when they get here?”
“Jim let’s talk about this,” Miller fired back. “In 1970 when we let in 300,000 people a year, was that violating or not violating the Statue of Liberty ‘Law of the Land?’ In the 1990s, when it was half a million a year was it violating or not violating the Statue of Liberty [poem]?”
“Tell me what years meet Jim Acosta’s definition of the Statue of Liberty poem ‘Law of the Land?’” said Miller.
In another exchange between Miller and Acosta, Miller calls out the CNN corespondent for suggesting that people from Great Britain and Australia are the only people who speak English upon entering the United States.
“Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” Acosta asked.
“Jim actually, I can honestly say, I am shocked at your statement, that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English” Miller responded. “It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree…This is an amazing moment that you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to hard working immigrants who do speak English from all over the world.”
“Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia? Is that your personal experience?” Miller added.
Buck lamented the state of journalism that would lead to the Acosta’s grandstanding.
“You see these journalists in the West Wing, these journalists who get all whiney about not being able to have the televised press conferences,” Buck said. “For them it’s just about air time. It’s just about ego. It’s not about journalism. It’s not about bringing the American people the facts.”
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 3, 2017
Watch the heated exchange between Jim Acosta and Stephen Miller below: