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NPR's Fresh Air
Miller has been seen as a link between the white nationalist agenda and the Trump White House. Journalist Jean Guerrero traces the origins of Miller's anti-immigrant policies in a new book.
While Hatemonger has been framed as a typical Washington insider exposé, it’s far from just another Trump-era bio compiled mathematically by the usual suspects on the Hill. Guerrero, a Latina of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent who grew up in California at the same time as Miller, brings a too-rare understanding of the cultural context in which a person like Miller can thrive.
MSNBC Morning Joe
Writer Jean Guerrero joins Morning Joe to discuss her new book 'Hatemonger,' a biography of senior Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller.
"No one but @jeanguerre has the guts to confront the story of Stephen Miller — and the mind to make sense of it." - Virginia Heffner, Trumpcast
A new book on Stephen Miller, the architect of the Trump administration’s unprecedented attack on immigrant communities and the immigration system, describes the White House adviser as a dangerous man bringing white nationalist ideology to the highest levels of government.
Hatemonger, Guerrero’s new biography of Miller, portrays the adolescent Stephen as a racist and retrograde troll determined to entertain and offend in pursuit of the spotlight. He boasted about saying things that “no one else in their right mind would,” demanded that Latino classmates “speak English,” encouraged students to litter because that’s what janitors were for, and considered himself classy all the while. It should be no surprise that Miller would later see a kindred spirit in Donald Trump.
In Jean Guerrero’s latest book “Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda,” the investigative reporter aims to understand the figure by examining his journey from a child in Santa Monica, Calif., to a leading ultra-right millennial voice and force in politics.
In the new book "Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda," investigative reporter Jean Guerrerotakes a deep dive into the life and mind of Trump's highly influential senior advisor, widely credited (and reviled) as the architect of the administration's immigration agenda.
Guerrero dwells on Miller’s years in Santa Monica, Calif., where he grew up crossing the Mexican border for family vacations, eating meals cooked by Latin American housekeepers and attending school with Mexican American children. His confrontations started early. “As a boy, Miller waged an ideological war on his dark-skinned classmates,” Guerrero writes.
Stephen Miller is the architect of Donald Trump's extreme policies on immigration.
And leaked emails have shown him pushing white-power ideology cloaked in pseudo-science.
So how did an affluent kid from the California suburbs — who liked mobster movies and wore gold chains — get on the path that led him to where he is now?
"Memoir fans will love the ambitious and sometimes experimental structure of Guerrero’s debut. In spite of the pain and dysfunction that Marco Antonio caused in their family’s life, Crux remains a love story of a daughter trying help her father find a place in the world: somewhere between the logical and the unknowable, between the standards of Western medicine and the curanderismo that runs in his blood. It’s a wild ride."
Los Angeles Review of Books
"The genius of Guerrero’s exquisite creation lies beyond her lyrical descriptions, and visceral phrases (e.g., “I had to learn to keep my sympathy zipped inside my stomach.”) What truly makes this book extraordinary is the careful layering and connections ... the kind of memoir that seems to redefine the genre."
“A passionate and riveting memoir that stretches the notion of 'crossing borders.' By honoring the profound complexities of the human spirit and psyche, Guerrero shows us how the discussion of crossing borders can be enriched by expanding beyond the concepts of nation and culture.”
The Washington Post
"A gracefully written and nuanced memoir by Jean Guerrero, a reporter at the PBS affiliate in San Diego. In the book, Guerrero — whose mother is Puerto Rican — sets off on a quest to understand her brilliant, infuriating and profoundly damaged Mexican-born, U.S. immigrant father, Marco Antonio Guerrero. Luminous ... heartfelt and mystically charged."
PRI's The World
"When author Jean Guerrero was just a child growing up in southern California, her Mexican father introduced her to the power of fantasy. Their bond began to fray when he started to be overwhelmed by paranoid thoughts and suffered a breakdown."
"Jean Guerrero’s 'Crux' is the odyssey of a daughter in search of herself as she comes to terms with her own mentally ill father. Amna Nawaz talks with the author, who is also a journalist for KPBS, about how she told her own family’s story."
"The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the official point that both separates and connects Mexico and the United States. San Ysidro is a physical crossing, but it’s also something more complex. It represents the liminal space between nations and ideas, and it's where Emmy Award-winning journalist, Jean Guerrero's new book, 'Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir' begins."
NPR's All Things Considered
Jean Guerrero tells NPR's Michel Martin about her new book, Crux: A Cross Border Memoir, in which she crisscrosses the U.S.-- Mexico border to discover her family history.
"Jacob Weisberg talks to KPBS’s Jean Guerrero about a migrant children facility she visited and why presenting yourself for asylum at a port of entry isn’t all the administration talks it up to be."
MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell
During a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill, one senior HHS official revealed he repeatedly warned the Trump administration about the lasting effects of separating children from their parents. Jean Guerrero, Immigration Reporter for KPBS, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss her reporting from the border.