Stephen Miller, one of Donald Trump’s closest advisers, veered hard into the QAnon lane Wednesday when he said that former vice president Joe Biden would be the “best friend” of child smugglers if he becomes president.
Miller, the force behind much of Trump’s aggressive anti-immigrant policies, made the comment during a call with reporters in his capacity as a campaign adviser. He predicted that Biden would reverse what he called the president’s crackdown on human trafficking.
“Within a week of that happening, there would be a rush on the border on a global scale unseen before in the whole of human history,” Miller said. “It would be the largest gift to traffickers, smugglers and coyotes that you could ever possibly conceive.”
“Joe Biden would be the best friend that child smugglers and child traffickers have ever had in the White House,” Miller said. “His policies would incentivize child smuggling and child trafficking on an epic, global scale.”
Even by Trump campaign standards, if there are any, this is one of the most unhinged distortions of a Biden policy statement yet. Without having the courage to do so overtly, Miller was trying to forge a connection between Biden and the wacky QAnon conspiracy theory that many Trump supporters have latched onto.
What Biden’s immigration plans actually propose is ending the Miller orchestrated Trump policy of forcibly separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. It recently came to light that Trump’s Department of Homeland Security has no way of potentially reuniting some 545 children with their families.
Biden also has pledged to restore support for DACA “dreamers and their families.