Rarely has a wedding given rise to such a stream of Twitter criticism, but that’s what happened after news broke that the notorious anti-immigrant senior advisor for policy to Trump, Stephen Miller wed Katie Waldman at a Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. over the weekend.
“‘ The president is at Trump International Hotel for the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Miller,’ the White House confirmed in a statement sent to reporters Sunday evening.”
The whole idea of romance seems dead on arrival, given that Miller was the chief architect of policies that stripped children from their parents at the southern border. Not exactly a recipe for romance, but Trump seemed more concerned about interruptions to Presidents’ Day weekend. The President reportedly returned from grand marshaling a NASCAR race in Daytona to attend the wedding.
“He is the only one who could have a damn wedding in the middle of Presidents’ Day weekend. I’m sure it didn’t affect anybody here,” Trump reportedly said at the wedding.
Gotta be awkward when your wedding announcement has to link to stories about white nationalism https://t.co/vITXhKPmUB
— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) February 17, 2020
Former chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, Richard Painter, expressed concerns about the union, including comparisons to Joseph and Magda Goebbels.
Joseph was the leader of the Nazi party in Berlin and became notorious as the “head of propaganda,” who worked to convince Germany to follow Adolf Hitler. He met his wife Magda when she was his flirtatious 28-year-old secretary.
Magda and Goebbels married in December of 1931, with Hitler as a witness.
He's our Joseph Goebbels.
Will she be our Magda Goebbels?
Who is Katie Waldman? Four facts about Stephen Miller's wife after pair's wedding at Trump Hotel https://t.co/WtWLcSxlBm
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) February 17, 2020
As for Waldman, Newsweek reported that Katie Waldman defended the White House’s immigration policies, including family separation. Her “pro-Trump” support helped her rise quickly through Republican ranks to become Vice President Pence’s press secretary. Now Painter is concerned that will serve to align Miller’s extreme policies with Pence.
“Painter said that as Pence distanced himself from some of Trump’s policies, he was worried Waldman could ‘lock the vice president into the pro-Miller faction.’
‘When I think about it, I am very worried that she doesn’t completely recuse herself from making any comments that have anything to do with Stephen Miller or the policies Stephen Miller is pushing,’ Painter said.“
Spectacular and very special wedding tonight with new bride and groom Stephen and Katie Miller! So much fun and still going with @realDonaldTrump having fun and the band is going strong! pic.twitter.com/1LreZhe2pd
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) February 17, 2020
Others on Twitter noted that Katie Waldman’s name comes up in a story from the University of Florida. She was accused of joining a student politician in throwing out 268 student newspapers. The papers featured a cover in which a head coach endorsed a rival candidate for student government vice president. They allegedly dumped the papers on the eve of the student government election.
Good time to re-up the bit ab/t Mrs. Miller tampering in her undergrad student-govt elections. On brand!
“Two witnesses saw Tiemeier & Katie Waldman, both members of UF’s Unite Party, discarding the newspapers on the eve of student government elections.”https://t.co/MEhNb1zNW4
— Lucy Caldwell (@lucymcaldwell) February 17, 2020
Other comments reinforced the connections to white nationalists and the family separation policy. The Southern Poverty Law Center published a report on Miller’s emails, pointing out white nationalist talking points. Numerous Democratic lawmakers called for Miller’s resignation in response.
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) February 17, 2020
Joseph and Magda Goebbels
Goebbel’s memoirs revealed that Joseph often referred to his many girlfriends as “motherly.”
He at one point dated a woman he wrote had “Jewish blood”, Else Janke, despite his growing anti-Semitism.
Eventually, he and Magda became enamored and loyal to Hitler and his growing power. The relationship was so close that Joseph was jealous and worried that Magda might be having an affair with the boss. When she decided to marry him, he said it was because Hitler, the man who killed millions, was “too soft.”
‘”Hitler . . . is very lonely. Has no luck with women. Because he’s too soft. Women don’t like that. They need to know who’s in charge,” wrote Goebbels.
When Hitler’s regime fell, Adolf Hitler presented Magda with his own gold Nazi membership badge and killed himself in a bunker, though she pleaded with him not to. The next day she and Joseph poisoned their six children and then took their own lives.
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