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Here’s the full clip. Incoming Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller didn’t slip or improvise when she quoted Hitler and praised how the murderous Nazi built his political movement by indoctrinating youth. She was reading from prepared remarks. pic.twitter.com/xWPi2u8wB3
WASHINGTON — Mary Miller, the newly sworn-in member of Congress from Oakland, told those taking part in a rally Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol that Adolf Hitler “was right on one thing.”
Her comments were captured on a video and posted on Twitter by a woman in the crowd. The comments have prompted a host of negative responses.
“If we win a few elections, we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle,” Miller is heard saying in the video. “Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.’”
Miller represents the 15th Congressional District, having replaced John Shimkus who chose not to seek reelection.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker addressed Miller’s remarks in his Wednesday COVID-19 press conference.
Not a great look for a freshmen Congresswoman to be caught on tape at a rally in the Nation’s Capitol saying “Hitler was right.” @Miller_Congress
And for those who want to nitpick what she said, let me just stop you right there—Hitler was right on literally nothing. pic.twitter.com/KXbVT8jTr3
“Let me be clear. Hitler got nothing right. This reprehensible rhetoric has no place in our politics,” Pritzker said. “Illinois Republicans cannot allow this to stand and must condemn this vile and evil streak in their party,” Pritzker said.
He went on to add that if Miller “was the least bit interested in history” she would visit the state’s Holocaust Museum and Education Center to learn “just how wrong Hitler really was.”
The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations also called for her resignation.
“We knew there is a white supremacy problem brewing within the ranks of the GOP that has recently ebbed to the top, including all the way to the presidency, but even by those standards, this is stunning,” said Ahmed Rehab, the group’s executive director.
Miller, an ardent Donald Trump supporter, had previously announced she would oppose certification of the election results that had Joe Biden elected president.
“Everyone acknowledges that fraud did take place in this election,” Miller said in a news release issued Wednesday morning. “The point of contention is just how much fraud took place. We need to have zero tolerance for fraud, and we need to have confidence in our elections. The argument that there might not be enough fraud to change the outcome is irrelevant. America is not a banana republic. We can and should do better.”
Miller said her objection to the certification of the election goes beyond what happened last November.
“The objection here is about future elections,” Miller said. “We need meaningful election reforms in this country, and my hope is that by highlighting the numerous problems with the last election, we can get the reforms we need.”
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.
Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.
Here’s how elected officials in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin reacted to the situation.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon, denouncing the chaos erupting at the Capitol in the wake of Congress’s confirmation of the election.
The 12-term representative from La Crosse called it a “sad day,” but said he was not surprised by the events unfolding.
“I ask my colleagues — who for months now have spread lies about the integrity of the ballot box, unfounded accusations lacking any evidence or facts about voter fraud in this election — what did they expect the reaction to be?” he said.
“They have unleashed dark forces in our society now who think that this is entirely appropriate to attempt a coup d’état of our government because of what they’ve been led to believe,” Kind said.
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Coles County Republican Party Chairman Travis Coffey condemned the actions that protesters took on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol and said they look “very poor for the Republican Party.”
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