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A freshman Republican congresswoman from Illinois said that Adolf Hitler was “right on one thing” during a rally held in Washington one day before pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, video shows.
Rep. Mary Miller, who was elected in November, was caught on video outside the Capitol on Tuesday referencing Hitler while speaking at a “Moms for America” event in response to the Constitution being “subverted” and the “integrity” of the 2020 election in question.
“Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation,” video shows Miller saying. “You know, if we win a few elections, we’re still gonna be losing 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.’”
Blowback from the remark — a paraphrase of a statement Hitler reportedly made at a 1935 Nazi rally — was swift, including from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is Jewish.
“I want to address the unfathomable and disgusting remarks that the newest member of the Illinois congressional delegation made — Mary Miller,” the Democrat told reporters Wednesday. “Let me be clear: Hitler got nothing right. 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.”
Miller should also visit the state’s Holocaust museum to see “just how wrong Hitler really was,” Pritzker added.
A spokeswoman for the legislator confirmed she made the remark, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Miller, who thanked President Trump for his “complete and total” endorsement in September, was sworn in for her first term on Monday. Prior to taking office, she promised to join a group of Republicans seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, the Tribune reported.
The head of the Anti-Defamation League, as well as fellow Republican lawmakers, also strongly denounced Miller for referencing the leader of the Third Reich.
“Hitler wasn’t right on anything — and invoking his name in this or any context is wildly offensive & disrespects the millions who perished due to the Nazis’ hateful, genocidal regime,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted. “An apology is the least you can do for your constituents & our country.”
State Rep. Bob Morgan, a Democrat, said Wednesday he looked forward to Miller’s apology for her “disqualifying and disgusting” remark, while a Republican rep from Channahon tweeted: “I outright condemn this garbage.”
Erin O’Malley, a spokeswoman for Miller, told The Post that the newly sworn-in legislator plans to release a statement on the matter later Thursday.
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