- The Washington Times - Friday, June 22, 2018

A man who claims to have attended third grade with White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has penned a peculiar op-ed for Politico Magazine attempting to tie Mr. Miller’s grade-school behavior to the way he approaches situations now.

John F. Muller, a former Harvard Law School lecturer who now writes and studies philosophy in Wisconsin, wrote that he and Mr. Miller shared a desk in the third grade but were not friends.

“It was difficult to make Stephen laugh,” Mr. Muller wrote. “I found him difficult to reach at all, and so, it seemed, did most everyone else. He was frequently distracted, vacillating between total disinterest in everything around him — my stories, of course, included — and complete obsession with highly specific tasks that could only be performed alone.

“He especially was obsessed with tape and glue,” he continued. “Along the midpoint of our desk, Stephen laid down a piece of white masking tape, explaining that it marked the boundary of our sides and that I was not to cross it. The formality of this struck me as odd.”

Mr. Muller connected his former classmate’s “wall” of tape to President Trump’s “nonsensical” border wall, of which Mr. Miller played a key role in planning.

“But it is at least poetic that Stephen was bent on building a nonsensical wall even back then, a wall that had more to do with what lay inside him than with what lay beyond,” Mr. Muller wrote. “He thought he was trying to keep out the chaos of the world, when really he was looking for a way to explain away the chaos on his own side of the desk. For that was where chaos had always been.”

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