On Wednesday, during a White House press briefing, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller got into a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. During the argument, Miller called one of Acosta’s statements “outrageous,” “ignorant,” “insulting,” and “foolish.”
Miller took the podium to discuss the Raise Act, a new proposal that would limit legal immigration in the U.S.
Acosta asked Miller whether the bill is a violation of the United States principle to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,” Emma Lazarus’ sonnet which is etched onto the Statue of Liberty.
Miller tried to dismiss this comment by stating, “The poem that you’re referring to was added later.”
Acosta then questioned the idea of requiring immigrants to learn English before they come here, asking, “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”
Miller fired back, “I have to honestly say, I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree…This is an amazing moment.”
Miller continued saying that the notion of only people from Great Britain and Australia knowing English is “so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who do speak English from all over the world.” He then asked, “Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia?”
Miller added that Acosta’s statement was “one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish things you’ve ever said, and for you that’s still a really…”
Miller concluded by apologizing for how things heated up.
“I apologize, Jim, if things got heated, but you did make some pretty rough insinuations,” Miller stated before he gave the podium over to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
You can watch the heated exchange below:
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