President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is less than a month away. His move from the Fifth Avenue penthouse to the, arguably, much humbler abode in the White House will be celebrated with the ultimate housewarming. Speeches, a swearing in, and balls await Trump, his family, and the many supporters who will travel to Washington to see him take office. Among the most important moments will be his inauguration speech, and you may be familiar with the style. Donald Trump's inauguration speechwriter is Stephen Miller, the 31-year-old senior aide who wrote many of his campaign speeches in 2016.
Come January 20, he will be joining Trump in the White House as senior adviser for policy, but first he is honing the comments that will start off Trump's time in office, Politico reported. What exactly those will look like is more or less anyone's guess. Several people close to Trump told the political website that Trump was considering various ways of transmitting the image of the "people's president" to those in attendance. If there's a way to do so in words, Miller will have to try.
The most noteworthy speech that Miller composed is Trump's Republican National Convention address. That was more doom and gloom than forward-looking populist fervor. The New York Times at the time called it an "unusually vehement appeal to Americans who feel that their country is spiraling out of control." Miller wrote that the "convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation," and went on to signal threats on police, security, and "our very way of life."
Now, Politico reported, Miller's inaugural drafts lay out "some of the structural problems facing the country, and then framing Trump’s first-term agenda in more nationalistic than ideological terms." Trump may issue a "collective call to arms to address" many of the nation's problems including those in the areas of education, border security, infrastructure, the military, and the economy.
Miller is one of the most exuberant Trump supporters. In a profile in June, Politico called him a quintessential member of the Trump team, explaining that he rose quickly from obscurity, working in the office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's choice for attorney general, to his prominent spot as speechwriter and now adviser under Trump. Before that, he was a leading voice on the more extreme parts of the GOP. For example, Miller was reportedly behind killing the 2014 comprehensive immigration reform push.
Among the people singing Miller's praises is none other than Trump's most controversial policy adviser, Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, the mouthpiece for the white nationalist, "alt-right," website. He told Politico that Miller was key to killing the immigration reform, comparing it the civil rights movement in the 1960s for its political deftness:
So if you were expecting a breath of fresh air with Trump's inauguration instead of more of the same, I hate to break it to you: that might not happen. Be prepared for more of the same in Trump's first speech as president.