Dis­quiet among fam­ily of top Trump aide Stephen Miller

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JENNI FRAZER

STEPHEN MILLER, Pres­i­dent Trump’s na­tional pol­icy direc­tor, is, at 31, one of the most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures in Amer­ica.

Mr Miller, who is Jewish, is widely be­lieved to be the ar­chi­tect of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “Mus­lim ban” and Mex­ico wall poli­cies — but many of his school con­tem­po­raries, and some mem­bers of his fam­ily, are ap­palled at his stances, which have at­tracted praise from for­mer KKK leader David Duke.

Mr Miller grew up in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia. His par­ents were mem­bers of the lo­cal Re­form sy­n­a­gogue. Con­tem­po­raries re­call him as a “con­trar­ian”, who once told an­other boy he could not stay friends with him be­cause he was Latino, and was booed off stage for mak­ing a racist joke.

His He­brew school teacher, Rabbi Jeff Marx, said: “We did our best here to teach Stephen the eth­i­cal stan­dards of Ju­daism”, but his re­fusal to say more spoke vol­umes. Justin Gor­don, who at­tended He­brew school with Miller, said: “A lot of peo­ple who went to school with him are sick to their stom­achs.”

Mr Miller’s great-grand­par­ents fled pogroms in Be­larus and set­tled in John­stown, Penn­syl­va­nia. His grand­fa­ther, Isadore Glosser, who was pres­i­dent of Beth Sholom, the town’s only sy­n­a­gogue, was, like al­most all John­stown cit­i­zens, a fer­vent Demo­crat.

At Duke Univer­sity, where he stud­ied pol­i­tics, he was said to have been friends with white su­prem­a­cist Richard Spencer, which Mr Miller de­nies.

David Glosser, his un­cle, said: “My nephew and I must both re­flect long and hard on one aw­ful truth. If in the early 20th cen­tury the USA had built a wall against poor des­per­ate ig­no­rant im­mi­grants of a dif­fer­ent re­li­gion, like the Glossers, all of us would have gone up the cre­ma­to­ria chim­neys with the other six mil­lion kins­men whom we can never know.”

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