Newly-elected Illinois Representative Mary Miller has served in Congress less than a week and has already drawn calls for her resignation from colleagues over a statement she made at a Pro-Trump rally earlier this week.
During a rally for the conservative Moms for America on Tuesday, Miller, an Illinois Republican, said conservatives would lose unless “we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.’” The comment drew an immediate rebuke from officials.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D,IL) called on Miller to resign, as did Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D,IL).“To say that Adolf Hitler, the perpetrator of the worst genocide in world history, is ‘right’ about anything is disqualifying for any supposed ‘leader’ serving in Congress,” Duckworth said.
.@RepMaryMiller must resign immediately.
To say that Adolf Hitler, the perpetrator of the worst genocide in world history, is "right" about anything is disqualifying for any supposed "leader" serving in Congress. pic.twitter.com/yfYVmM8qKX
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 8, 2021
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) called the remarks “unfathomable and disgusting.”
“Let me be clear: Hitler got nothing right,” the governor said during a press conference. “This reprehensible rhetoric has no place in our politics. Illinois Republicans cannot allow this to stand and must condemn this vile, evil streak in their party.”
On Friday, Miller issued an apology saying she was attempting to speak to a group of mothers “about the importance of faith and guarding our youth from destructive influences.” But she blasted critics for “intentionally trying to twist my words.”
Miller was one of the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the results of the election.