White House: Reports of Emails Showing Stephen Miller's Influence Over Breitbart Are 'Vile anti-Semitism'

New series of leaked emails show the White House senior adviser coordinating with editors at the far-right news site to attack Marco Rubio during the 2016 presidential campaign

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Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller at the White House, June 30, 2019.
Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller at the White House, June 30, 2019. Credit: Susan Walsh/AP

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller coordinated with editors at far-right news site Breitbart in 2016 to attack then-presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio, NBC News reports, citing a new series of leaked emails. A White House spokesman responded to the reports, blaming the left for spreading "vile anti-Semitism." 

Newly leaked emails show Miller, who is Jewish and a hardliner on immigration, directing then-Breitbart reporter Katie McHugh on how to report on Rubio. 

According to the NBC report, in December 2015, Miller sent McHugh a blog post about an undocumented immigrant arrested for allegedly raping a child. "Can you work in a reminder that Rubio's bill- which he was pushing Obama for- legalized alien sex offenders, ensuring more such rapes would occur?” Miller allegedly wrote to McHugh.

McHugh responded by saying "send you a link when it's up."

Other emails between the two show Miller calling Rubio “pathological” and “an extremist who wants unlimited immigration. The American people are moderate and want to hit pause after the deluge,” according to NBC.

In response to the allegations, White House Spokesman Hogan Gidley said: “Mr. Miller condemns racism and bigotry in all forms, but what deeply concerns me is how so many on the left are allowed to spread vile anti-Semitism and consistently attack proud Jewish members of this administration.”

Gidley did not directly address the allegations.

The emails were first published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on November 12, alleging that Miller promoted white nationalist content to Breitbart during the 2016 presidential election.

Many of the 900 emails sent from March 2015 to June 2016 “showcase the extremist, anti-immigrant ideology that undergirds the policies he has helped create as an architect of Donald Trump’s presidency,” according to a report on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Miller, who recently became engaged to a Jewish woman, also sent McHugh links to VDare, a news website popular with white nationalists, and recommended that she read “The Camp of the Saints,” a racist French novel by Jean Raspail from the 1970s that has become an ideological foundation document for white nationalists.

JTA contributed to this report.