Stephen Miller hits Sunday show to defend Trump against racism charges

Top White House aide Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign New green card restrictions likely would've excluded Trump and Cuccinelli's ancestors MORE defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE against charges of racism Sunday after Fox News’ Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump Bret Baier calls out Trump for lashing out at Fox News polls: 'Fox has not changed' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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 McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death 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 OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support 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-CortezStudents retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.)—to “go back” to other countries. All four are U.S. citizens and only Omar was born abroad.