Gallego ‘will take any of the janitors’ over Stephen Miller

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego speaking with supporters of Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix on March 21, 2016. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

WASHINGTON – Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego is fuming over an inflammatory video from White House aide Stephen Miller’s high school days that resurfaced this week on social media.

In the video, Miller was campaigning for a student government position at Santa Monica High School, The Washington Post reported. In the clip that made the rounds on Twitter this week, Miller said, “Am I the only one who is sick and tired of being told to pick up my trash when we have plenty of janitors who are paid to do it for us?”

Gallego, a Democrat who represents the 7th District, wrote on Twitter, “I was a janitor in high school and college. There was dignity in my work. It helped my family and put me through college. I will take any of the janitors I have met along the way over this guy.”

Miller, President Trump’s senior policy adviser, is under renewed scrutiny this week for his role in reportedly encouraging the abrupt ouster of the administration’s homeland security team.

Scott Dworkin, the co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, posted the Miller video on Twitter Tuesday, writing, “Would be a shame if it went viral … again.” The post has been retweeted more than 23,000 times.

Gallego wasn’t the only member of Congress to express outrage over the video.

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) wrote on Twitter:  “I’m proud to be the son of a janitor. For decades my father worked hard to keep our subways in Philadelphia clean. He took pride in his work. I only wish I had half his work ethic. So for this scumbag Stephen Miller to say this just disgusts me. I oppose all he stands for.”

A friend of Miller’s, Chris Moritz, told the Post in 2017 that the janitor line had been a joke. “I think everyone at the time, especially those who knew Stephen, understood that this was a senior prank,” Moritz said.

Robin Bravender
Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.


  1. If Stephen Miller’s high school “prank” is meant to be satirical, let him put it in perspective so we can better understand how his mind works.


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