Miller did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said via email that she had not seen the report but called SPLC "a completely discredited, long debunked profit-left smith organization."
"They are under public discussion, including in The Washington Post," Grisham said of non-profit civil rights.
Among the more cursed emails exchanged in the SPLC report is one that shows Miller leading a Breitbart reporter to collect stories from the white-supremacist magazine American Renaissance, or "AmRen," for stories that emphasize crime perpetrated by immigrants and non-whites. In another, Miller is apparently upset that Amazon removed Confederate flag items from its marketplace in the wake of the Charleston massacre in 201
5; others reportedly promoted "The Saints Camp", a racist French novel popular with white nationalists. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Post.)
SPLC's report indicates that Miller was generally successful in shaping the racial and immigration-focused stories that emerged at Breitbart. times how an email from Miller corresponded to a related article that later appeared on the site.
Faith Also on e-mails, SPLC was provided by Katie McHugh, a former Breitbart writer and editor who exchanged lots of messages with Miller during his time transition from a press assistant for then-U. S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) To a senior adviser with then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
"[McHugh] is well aware of the risks she took to provide us with the material and confirm information," Hayden said. "I think it's incredibly brave."
SPLC shared with The Post seven pages of emails directly referenced in the report by SPLC's investigative reporter Michael Edison Hayden.
The record has not independently verified emails, and McHugh could not be reached for comment. Hayden told The Post that he reached out to McHugh earlier this year when she was previously on the periphery of several extremist groups he followed. McHugh was familiar with his work, Hayden said, mentioning that she had material she wanted to show him. After allowing him to see the emails about what Hayden recalled was "a very old computer", McHugh finally decided to drop the emails to him.
"What Stephen Miller sent to me in these emails has become politics by the Trump administration," McHugh told SPLC.
Several years from the email exchange, Miller is probably at the height of his power in the West Wing. As The Post previously reported, Miller is one of Trump's longest-hired advisers – along with Kellyanne Conway and Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner – and the most influential adviser in shaping the Trump administration's immigration policy.
Hayden, who usually reports on white nationalism and neo-Nazis, said that while he was aware of the Trump administration "as any American would be," he did not pay attention to Miller.
"I never had any ambition to write any kind of work that exposes Stephen Miller. I took him to be a part of the Trump culture but not something that was in my lane. "When you look at Miller's e-mails, that changed," said Hayden.
Extracted emails shared with The Post show that Miller showed up on stories from stores such as anti-immigration Vietnamese website VDARE and conspiracy theory's website Infowars and send them to McHugh. Miller seems to encourage McHugh to rewrite the stories and discuss how to frame them and drive them to prominence on Breitbart's website.
After reading several profiles about Miller to understand his background, Hayden said he was struck by how Miller was portrayed – and frightened at the apparent effort made to investigate the sources from which Miller drew his beliefs.
"Many profiles in the liberal press have treated him like a kind of political wink bad boy – almost romanticized him," Hayden said. "The most important takeaway for me is that Stephen Miller found the basis for his ideas on websites that hate traffic and made it clear in his emails."