White House Adviser Stephen Miller Calls CNN’s Jim Acosta ‘Ignorant and Foolish’

In the latest confrontation between Donald Trump’s administration and members of the press, White House adviser Stephen Miller and CNN reporter Jim Acosta got into a heated exchange during Wednesday’s press briefing as the two discussed President Trump’s new skills-based immigration system proposal. “That is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said,” Miller told Acosta during the argument, which is making headlines, after accusing the journalist of having “cosmopolitan bias.”

Acosta began with the quote famously inscribed on the Statue of Liberty before asking if Trump’s new proposal aligned with U.S. traditions. “The Statue of Liberty says ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,'” he recited. “It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer programmer.”

He continued, “Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you’re telling them you have to speak English? Can’t people learn how to speak English when they get here?” To which Miller asserted that the notion that “speaking English wouldn’t be a part of our immigration systems would be very ahistorical.”

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As Miller disputed the origins of the poem on the original Statue of Liberty, Acosta, who mentioned he is the son of a Cuban immigrant, interjected, saying, “The Statue of Liberty has always been a beacon of hope to the world for people to send their people to this country. They’re not always going to speak English, Stephen. They’re not always going to be highly skilled.”

When Acosta brought up Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border to ban immigration, Miller prodded, “Do you really at CNN not know the difference between green card policy and illegal immigration?”

Acosta then repeated his original question about whether immigrants would have to speak English before coming to the U.S., asking “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”

Rather than addressing the question, Miller called Acosta’s comments offensive. “I am shocked at your statement, that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English,” he said. “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 millions of 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?”

“That is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said,” he continued. “The notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting.”

Miller concluded the debate by defending the White House’s proposed green card policy. “Insinuations like Jim made, trying to ascribe nefarious motives to a compassionate immigration measure designed to help newcomers and current arrivals alike, is wrong,” he said.

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  1. MONGO! says:

    Acosta seems to think that the language English is a race.

    Pro Tip: it’s not.

  2. MONGO! says:

    Rolling Stone wrote a love letter to Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau and wondered why he can’t be leader of the US.
    Trump changes the US immigration policy so that it is similar to Canada’s immigration policy and CNN reacts as if he is history’s worst monster.

    Fake news, and more fake news.

  3. lgeubankl says:

    Abilio James Acosta accuses the president of “trying to engineer an ethnic flow of people” to this country. In other words, he harangues Trump for promoting an inflow of white Europeans (our founding ethnicity).
    Acosta wants to continue the flow, the flood, of Hispanics. He’s a member of the Hispanic Fifth Column, and he’s not shy about trying to engineer an ethnic flow of his own ethnicity. But the lying hypocrite tells white-European descendents THEY’RE not entitled to favor their own ethnicity.

  4. Sgrant99 says:

    Just when you think CNN can’t get worse, Jim Acosta shows up. Looks like the best seats at the airport are now the ones furthest from TVs showing CNN.

  5. Stacey says:

    Steven Miller is a cartoon.

  6. Robert says:

    In order to become a US citizen, you need to understand, speak, read and write at least some English. It’s part of the Naturalization Test.

  7. Bob says:

    Of course prospective immigrants should know some English (the language of the land) and have some valuable skills – it’s always been that way.
    Refugees are another matter.

  8. Joseph says:

    Calling a concept ignorant is not the same as the calling the person who proposed the concept ignorant. By the same logic, this flawed title alone is enough for me to determine the character of its author.

    In addition, as someone who dislikes trump, I am appalled by the way Acosta cuts off Miller’s rebuttal and refuses Miller to jump into the conversation. He even cuts off Miller when Miller was successfully disproving his point.

    • Frank says:

      Agree. This is exactly how the media has become fake news and gossip.
      The main fact here in the title is wrong.
      And produces a different story headline that is untrue.
      Please retract the headline or find a ‘writer.’

  9. BRanded says:

    If conservatives get their way that plaque on the Statue of Liberty will taken off.. But of course to Trump supporters it is all fake news anyway that The New Colossus poem is inscribed on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty..

    Jim Acosta from CNN nailed Stephen Miller to the wall in front of a room of his fellow journalists and wouldn’t let him go and Miller like the squealing cowards that all conservatives are they did what they always do when confronted and that is to deny and deflect without once answering the original question…

    What Acosta did when he went after Miller in front of a room full of reporters is what every single journalist should do with these Trump White House officials and spokespersons. go after them and don’t hold nothing back..

    • Sam says:

      You’re a sicko. You lost.

      • MONGO! says:

        What dream world are you living in?
        Miller wiped the floor with Acosta.

        If we are going to legislate based on poetry, what laws does the naughty limerick about the guy from Nantucket inspire?

  10. Steve Barr says:

    Hey Kaboom! Stephen Miller went to Duke with neo-nazi icon Richard Spencer where they bonded over their similar views .

  11. Sam says:

    Stop talking to the press. If they use undocumented info and leaker info don’t include them in a press group. They’re not press they’re gossips

  12. Sam says:

    Stop talking to the press.

  13. MWinger says:

    Acosta is definitely not the sharpest stick in the fence. He can’t ask a question, he has to vomit out his bias, hoping to make a name for himself for a better job at CNN.

  14. JaTepa says:

    Miller gave an excellent response to the stupid question re Great Britain and Australia. A simple no would probably be over Acosta’s head. Miller talked and Acosta rambled!

  15. hcshannon says:

    I wonder how long he’s going to last, now!

  16. Steve Barr says:

    All the great movies about the immigrant experience The Godfather films , The Emigrants and The New Land and The Immigrant all had people whose first language was not English . It doesn’t surprise me that Stephen Miller doesn’t think much of the poem on the Statue of Liberty because Stephen Miller is and always has been a little Nazi

    • Sad says:

      So you’re trying to say the poem is the constitution.

      • MONGO! says:

        If we are going to treat poems as legislation, let’s get at it!

        “There once was a man from Nantucket…”

    • Toni says:

      You’re an idiot. English is the second language in most countries. America provides the most tourism around the world.

    • Kaboom! says:

      It’s time you grew up and realized movies are made up stories, not real life. And while you contemplate that fact here is another one, Stephen Miller is Jewish, so I doubt he is a Nazi. But nice try with your hate speech, sadly you failed, again.

      • Facts says:

        China is now the richest country in the world.
        1/3 of our pop is unemployed.
        1/2 do not pay taxes.
        How does that decrease the 20 trillion dollar deficit. 50 percent is attributed to public services.
        Have you been out of your neighborhood and seen the people living on the streets.
        Go to google and look up Santa Ana river base you tube video, its miles of people living in tents along the river.

      • Bob says:

        Actually, the most Nazi state in the world right now is Israel, when you consider how they treat the Palestinians. And it makes sense… the Jews simply haven’t healed yet from their own persecution and so are doomed to carry out the same until they do.
        What is funny, is that America claims to be the wealthiest country in the world, but its people feel like they are the poorest. I mean, people seem to feel like they just don’t have enough, that everybody’s trying to take it from them… guess what? Think that way and you’ll never get enough – you’re always going to feel poor no matter how many hamburgers you can stuff down your face, cars, hotels, whatever. A tax rate of 40% means you’re making pretty good coin. Try being thankful…. but that’s not the Republican way – Republicans and the media have one thing in common: complaining.

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