Acrimonious exchange at press conference brings debate over meaning of Statue of Liberty into open

The bitter on-camera exchange between White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta — a press room battle royal over immigration, English-speakers, and “cosmopolitan bias” — has been on repeat in the news cycle ever since Wednesday afternoon.

And while the argument reflected the Trump administration’s ongoing tension with the press, one of the subtler exchanges in the five-minute argument actually exposed a unique front in the culture war — what exactly does the Statue of Liberty mean?

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