Remember when Donald Trump promised us “only the best people?” Instead he gave us Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandoski. And Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon. In retirement the twice-impeached, one-term former president fancies himself the Republican kingmaker, bestowing his “total and complete” endorsement on GOP candidates who blindly pledge allegiance to him and his big lie.
Max Miller is one of those so anointed. Last month Trump declared to the crowd at a rally in Wellington, Ohio, that Miller is a “great guy” who he supports to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who had the temerity to vote to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. But according to a report in Politico “great guy” Miller has a documented history of driving under the influence, underage drinking and allegedly assaulting former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, with whom he was romantically involved at the time.
Through his attorney, Miller denied to Politico that this happened. “Mr. Miller has never, ever assaulted Ms. Grisham in any way whatsoever,” the attorney, Larry Zukerman of Cleveland, wrote in a nine-page letter.
Miller worked on both of Trump’s presidential campaigns and in his White House. He is from a wealthy family in the tony Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. People who knew Miller in his teens, and people who knew him in his late 20s and into his early 30s, too, told Politico he has a dark side. “He had an anger problem,” said a person who knew him well in Shaker Heights. “He could be very scary,” said a second. “I can, like, see the red face,” said a third.