Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) pulled no punches when responding to criticism from former Trump White House policy adviser Stephen Miller over his state’s adoption of automatic voter registration.
Miller was notorious for his hardline stance on immigration during the Trump administration. He peddled white nationalist talking points in emails sent before the 2016 election and pushed the child separation policy at the border. Miller’s own uncle called his rhetoric “a complete repudiation of the American dream,” while MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan called him “probably the most repugnant individual to serve” in Trump’s White House.
On X, formerly Twitter, Miller peddled right-wing spin when responding to the Pennsylvania voter news: “And, I can promise you, there will be no citizenship verification.”
"I think you are just giving their lies too much oxygen."
PA @GovernorShapiro dismisses fears that his automatic voter registration policy will lead to more election denialism in 2024: pic.twitter.com/qAqtAZR3BA
— CNN This Morning (@CNNThisMorning) September 20, 2023
CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Wednesday asked Shapiro to comment on the post.
The governor shot back: “I am not going to respond to Stephen Miller. That guy’s a dope who can’t tell the truth.”
Miller “doesn’t raise any substance,” Shapiro added when Harlow pressed him.
Shapiro later explained “the actual substance” of the policy, which will automatically register anyone who obtains or renews a driver’s license or state-issued ID card. If people are not eligible to vote, they will not be registered as part of the DMV process, a Pennsylvania Department of State spokesperson told ABC News.