Stephen Miller, soon to be the Trump administration’s senior policy adviser and the author of most of Donald Trump’s campaign speeches, has been tapped to write Trump’s inaugural address, Politico reported Monday.
In a June article for Politico, journalist Julia Ioffe noted that Miller, 31, is “deeply connected to some of the most powerful insurgent threads in the Washington GOP, most notably Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and the Breitbart media machine.” The article notes that, during his time as a Capitol Hill aide in 2014, Miller was heavily involved in an effort to kill comprehensive immigration reform.
Sessions, whom Miller worked for and whom Trump plans to nominate for Attorney General on assuming office, told Ioffe that “when it comes to issues and messaging and policy, there isn’t anybody else that I’ve known that would be as valuable to a presidential campaign as [Miller]. Maybe other than Karl Rove.”
Raised in a left-leaning Jewish family in Santa Monica, California, Miller converted to Conservatism after reading Guns, Crime, and Freedom by National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre. In a 2003 essay entitled “How I Changed My Left Wing High School,” Miller recalled how he was dismayed by the reaction of liberal teachers and students at Santa Monica High School after 9/11, while he himself was a student there.
“During that dreadful time of national tragedy, anti-Americanism had spread all over the school like a rash,” Miller wrote in the piece, which has since been shared on the ultra-conservative blog Front Page Mag. “The co-principal broadcasted his doubts about the morality of the air strikes against the Taliban to the entire school via the PA system. One teacher even dragged the American flag across the floor as we were sending off brave young men to risk their lives for it.”
As speechwriter for the Trump campaign, Miller brought the same righteous indignation with him. Introducing Donald Trump at a rally in June, Miller framed Trump’s candidacy in stark “us-vs.-them” terms:
“Everybody who stands against Donald Trump are the people who have been running the country into the ground, who have been controlling the levers of power. They’re the people who are responsible for our open borders, for our shrinking middle class, for our terrible trade deals. Everything that is wrong with this country today, the people who are opposed to Donald Trump are responsible for!”
Miller was also responsible for Trump’s July address at the Republican National Convention, which many perceived as ominous and even apocalyptic. In that speech, Trump presented himself as the literal savior of a broken and degraded nation, proclaiming that “I alone can fix it,” in reference to a “rigged system.”
Whether the same grandiose rhetoric will make its way into Trump’s inaugural is anyone’s guess, though Politico stated Monday that Trump may be interested in “adding his own touches” to the address.
A clue as to how the speech might go was offered by Newsmax Media CEO and Trump friend Christopher Ruddy, who described Trump as “the most impromptu president anyone ever can remember. I think that this speech would be an opportunity to share not just his ideas but his style and his approach.”