Stephen Miller is one of the people charged with convincing the world that everything is just fine, and nothing is out of the ordinary. The White House speechwriter went on CNN a week ago Sunday for a live interview to comment on “Fire and Fury,” the new book about U.S. President Donald Trump by the journalist Michael Wolff. The tome presents the president as psychologically unstable, as dumb, senile and dangerously erratic. “The book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction,” Miller said. “The author is a garbage author of a garbage book.”
Miller is 32 years old, but with his thinning hair and polished visage, he looks like he could be in his early 50s. During the election campaign, he flew back and forth across the country with Trump. “The reality is that the president is a political genius,” Miller said. The accusations leveled in the book, he went on, are grotesque, particularly the quotes attributed to Stephen Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, who Miller denounced as being “vindictive.” During the course of the interview, he got so worked up that the anchor, Jake Tapper, finally put an end to it, with security guards ultimately leading Miller out of the studio.
Miller’s appearance shows the absurd depths to which the debate over the Trump presidency has sunk. There was, though, at least one viewer who enjoyed the speechwriter’s fit of rage. “Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller,” Trump tweeted. Just a few hours earlier, he had sent out a series of tweets seeking to assure the world of his excellent mental health. He accused the Democrats and their media “lapdogs” of only questioning his mental stability because, as he claimed in a tweet, suppositions of collusion with Russia have “proven to be a total hoax.”
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” he tweeted on Sunday morning. He wrote that he went from being a “VERY successful” businessman to TV stardom and then to the presidency. “I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”