No, Stephen Miller Was Not Recently Photographed Flashing a ‘White Power’ Hand Sign
So, yesterday, more than a week after White House senior adviser Stephen Miller made the Sunday show rounds to defend President Donald Trump’s assertion that thousands of people were bused into New Hampshire to illegally vote, a photo of Miller from that day started getting a lot of attention on social media.
Why? Well, liberals on Twitter apparently thought Miller was flashing a racist hand sign to his fellow White Power brethren.
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) February 21, 2017
And they claimed to have the evidence to prove it:
Tweeting until people listen!
Stephen Miller flashes a "white power" sign from the White House!
Right hand = W
Left hand = P pic.twitter.com/OTqOg6eK4m
— Susan Allor (@susan_allor) February 22, 2017
Yep. As an article posted last night on Daily Kos highlighted, Miller was intentionally making his hands create a W and P:
You might think that’s an odd natural gesture to make. And it is. What Steve is doing is complete intentional:
The right hand, on top, is showing just three fingers: “W”.
His left hand curls to make the “P” formation.
WP. White Power. White nationalists know exactly what that sign means.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, this is a common white supremacist hand sign “particularly” used in California. (Stephen Miller is from Santa Monica.)
But, there’s only one problem — this is all most likely complete and utter BS.
Besides noticing that in that photo, Miller is in all likelihood just adjusting his tie and jacket before making an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, there are a couple of other reasons to easily dismiss this theory.
One, is he even really making a ‘W’ and a ‘P’ with his hands like all the racists apparently do in SoCal? Maybe one can make the case of a W, but I don’t see a P on the other hand. And it definitely isn’t being done in the specific manner the ADL shows as an example. You really have to stretch to make this case.
Two, Miller is Jewish. Even if he were to embrace white supremacy and reject his Jewish background, he wouldn’t be accepted by white supremacists. This is something that was noted by an ADL researcher when Snopes began investigating this claim earlier today.
A photo of White House staffer Stephen Miller has been circulating on social media in which people claim that Miller is surreptitiously sending a “white power” hand sign to, one presumes, viewers. However, he seems merely to be adjusting his suit and tie, while his hand positioning does not actually resemble the “WP” hand sign that some California-based white supremacist street gang members use. More importantly, there is no reason why Miller would even know of such an obscure symbol, much less use it, and in any case, Miller is Jewish and would be rejected by white supremacists on that basis. There is simply no credibility to this claim.
Look, I get it. Miller has pushed and embraced an extremely conservative and nationalistic political agenda, specifically when it comes to immigration. Recent profiles of him do not paint a rosy picture of the man when it comes to his formative years in high-school and college regarding his interactions with minorities and comments he made in the past. He worked for Jeff Sessions before coming aboard the Trump team and now reportedly works hand-in-hand with chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has been described by Democratic leadership as a white nationalist/supremacist.
So, yeah, I can see why some liberals may want to really, really, really believe there is something there. But there isn’t. At all. So stop sharing the photo.
[image via screengrab]
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