Stephen Miller has been a key figure in the Trump campaign, and is likely to be one in the Trump White House. He wrote most of Trump's speeches after he joined the campaign from the officer of Senator Jeff sessions, in January of 2016. Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon are very close, and have been for years. Bannon has already been named as senior counselor and chief strategist.
Trump has been consistently pro-Second Amendment during his campaign. I do not see minor, ambiguous statements, such as checking with the NRA about whether people on the terrorist no-fly list should be able to buy guns from a federal dealer, as inconsistent. No candidate can be 100% knowledgeable about all issues all the time. Trump has been more forcefully pro-Second Amendment than any president elect since at least 1865.
From a Politico article, this gem shows the Second Amendment was a source of Stephen Millers core values. As with many conservatives, the Second Amendment was a foundational stone in their understanding of American political structure. It is clear that Stephen Miller formed this understanding before he was 16 years old. From politico.com:
Miller was born into a family of lawyers and salesmen, two professions he never pursued but clearly has in him. His parents were Democrats, but Miller was pulled in a different direction early, converted to the conservative cause by a copy of National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s 1994 book, Guns, Crime, and Freedom, a blistering takedown of the arguments for gun control.
Stephen Miller was mocked on CNN for a fundamentalist Second Amendment viewpoint, on video here.
By the time Miller was 16, he was actively championing conservative values in his high school.
Such foundational blocks are not changed without serious trauma. Stephen Miller has not had any reason to change his solid constitutional foundation. His record in support of a limited government, conservative vision of the United States has been strong and steady. Early on, he saw the Trump campaign offered a rare opportunity to change the direction of the American political system. In June of 2016, Stephen Miller made this statement in a warm up speech for Donald Trump:
“Very rarely in history do people get the opportunity to vote for true, real, profound change,” he began, spinning the same themes he had used in our conversation. “I would venture to say this is an opportunity is not just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is the kind of opportunity that comes once in many hundreds of years. And it’s important, it’s crucially important, that every morning we wake up, we’re cognizant of just how historic and how rare this opportunity is. ‘Cause folks, it’s not gonna come again.”Second Amendment supporters have Stephen Miller as an ally in restoring Second Amendment rights.
We do not know what position Stephen Miller will have in the Trump administration. It will almost certainly be an influential one.
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