A video released by Vice News shows a 17-year-old Stephen Miller, now senior adviser to President Donald Trump, joking about the advantages of torturing Iraqis.
The video, filmed inside a bus, shows a young Miller speaking into a microphone about the Iraq War.
“In concern, to the issue of the Iraqi civilians,” he started. “I think that as many of them should survive as possible, because the goal of any military conflict is to kill as few people as possible.”
“But as for Saddam Hussein and his henchman, I think the ideal solution should be to cut off their fingers,” Miller joked.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to kill them entirely,” he continued. “We’re not a barbaric people, we respect life. Therefore torture is the way to go. Because tortured people can live. Torture is the celebration of life and human dignity.”
“And I only hope that many of my peers and people who will be leading this country will appreciate the value and respect that torture shows to other cultures,” Miller said, before continuing on to a different subject.
Per Vice News, “Miller’s identity in the footage was confirmed by three contemporaneous sources, and it appears that the video was filmed in 2003, around the time of the invasion of Iraq.”
Vice reached out to deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who called the video a “sketch comedy routine,” and Vice’s story “another comical overreach by the media.”
Miller has received national attention since his high school days thanks to his strongly conservative positions, and most recently found himself in hot water as the architect of Trump’s failed travel ban to block immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.
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