Wednesday’s press briefing was a complete train wreck…even by Trump standards. It was full of hostility, lies, racism, and screaming at reporters about the Statue of Liberty.
On Wednesday, the White House sent Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller to the daily press briefing to talk about Trump’s big new plan to cut legal immigration in half. It didn’t go well.
Miller explained that Trump wants to allow immigrants into this country only if they can speak English and have a specific skill set.
Then he ended up screaming at CNN’s Jim Acosta after he asked a simple question about the proposed policy.
“What the president is proposing here does not sound like it’s in keeping with American tradition when it comes to immigration. The Statue of Liberty says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.”
“It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or be a computer programmer,” Acosta continued. “Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you are telling them you have to speak English? Can’t people learn to speak English when they get here?”
Miller became extremely defensive and started shouting over the CNN reporter, telling him that the poem on the Statue didn’t really mean it says.
Acosta yelled back,
“The Statue of Liberty has always been a beacon of hope to the world for people to send people to this country, and they’re not always going to speak English, Stephen, they’re not always going to be highly skilled.”
From there it devolved into Miller attacking CNN and calling Acosta “ignorant” and “a fool.”
When Acosta made the point that the English language requirement would mean we’d mostly only be accepting immigrants from the UK and Australia, Miller completely lost his mind.