Stephen Miller hits Sunday show to defend Trump against racism charges

Top White House aide Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Memo: Drip, drip of revelations damages Trump Trump says acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan will step down Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule | Appeals court skeptical of Trump arguments for Medicaid work requirements | CDC offers guidance for treating vaping-related cases MORE defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE against charges of racism Sunday after Fox News’ Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes Poll: 14 percent of GOP voters say Trump should be impeached The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — Buttigieg closes in on Biden, Warren in Iowa MORE invoked several of Trump's previous controversial statements.

Wallace played clips of Trump promoting “birther” conspiracy theory, describing Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.

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In response, Miller dismissed “racist” as “a label that has been too often deployed by the left [and] Democrats in this country to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with.”

Like former White House aide Mercedes Schlapp, Miller cited low African American unemployment as evidence Trump was a “president for all Americans” and denied the “birther” theory was motivated by racism, saying the same questions were asked of Obama’s 2008 opponent, the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPublisher announces McSally book planned for May release Democrats lead Trump by wide margins in Minnesota Here's what to watch this week on impeachment MORE (R-Ariz.), who was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

When Wallace pushed back on the comparison, Miller simply said he “fundamentally disagree[s] with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin, that makes it a race issue.”

“If you want to have a colorblind society … it means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people’s views, you can question where they’re born and not have it be seen as racial,” Miller added.

Later in the segment, Miller and Wallace sparred on Trump’s response to a chant of “send her back” that erupted at a Wednesday campaign rally in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' 2016 Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores endorses Warren MORE (D-Minn.). Trump has since said he was “not happy” with the chant but allowed it to continue and has defended the rally attendees as people who “love their country.”

The chant came three days after a series of tweets in which Trump called on Omar and three other minority congresswomen—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' Former Obama official pushes back against assertion of unfair Sanders media coverage MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit 2016 Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores endorses Warren Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' MORE (D-Mass.)—to “go back” to other countries. All four are U.S. citizens and only Omar was born abroad.