Illinois Republican congresswoman apologizes for invoking Hitler as she faces calls to resign

Republican US Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois issued an apology Friday after invoking Adolf Hitler during a speech earlier in the weekcomments that have been widely condemned and have some Illinois Democrats calling for her resignation.

I sincerely apologize for any harm my words caused,” the freshman congresswoman said in a statement Friday. “And regret using a reference to one of the most evil dictators in history to illustrate the dangers that outside influences can have on our youth.
Miller had referenced Hitler during aSave the Republicrally Tuesday in Washington, DC, organized by the conservative group Moms for America. Her appearance at the rally came as protesters were gathering in Washington in support of President Donald Trump. 次の日, a mob violently stormed the US Capitol as members of Congress counted the electoral votes to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win over Trump.
Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation. You know 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. Hitler was right on one thing. 彼は言った, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.Our children are being propagandized,” Miller had said, appearing to read from prepared remarks.
Miller’s comments met swift backlash.
イリノイ州政府. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat who is also Jewish, told reporters Wednesday that Miller’s comments are “嫌な” そして “reprehensible.He suggested Miller visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Centerto learn just how wrong Hitler was.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum said in 声明 that itunequivocally condemns any leader trying to advance a position by claiming Adolf Hitler was ‘right,’ ” while Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said that invoking Hitler’s namein this or any other context is wildly offensive” そして “disrespects the millions who perished due to the Nazishateful, genocidal regime.
Congressional Democrats from Miller’s home state called on the lawmaker, who had been sworn in just days before her controversial remarks, to resign from her seat in the House.
It is absolutely repugnant, obscene and unacceptable for any Americanlet alone a supposed ‘leaderserving in Congressto claim Adolf Hitler was right about anything,” その. Tammy Duckworth said in 声明 木曜日, adding that Miller’s comments aredisqualifying for an American elected official.
担当者. Jan Schakowsky, a member of House leadership and a Jewish congresswoman, joined Duckworth’s call, having led a group of House Democrats the day before in condemning Miller’s comments なので “repugnantand demanding she apologize.
民主党の担当者. Robin Kelly, Sean Casten and Marie Newman are among those who have called for Miller to step down from office.
House Republican Adam Kinzinger 非難 the comments asgarbage.
Facing the blowback, Miller claimed in her Friday statement thatsome are trying to intentionally twist my words into something antithetical to my beliefsand said she ispassionately pro-Israel” そして “will always be a strong advocate and ally of the Jewish community.That statement had followed ツイート from her office that said the congresswoman’s statement wasa denunciation of evil dictatorsefforts to re-educate young people and similar efforts by left-wing radicals in our country today.
CNN has reached out to Miller’s office for additional comment.
声明の中で Facebookに投稿, Moms for America said that Miller’s statement is beingtaken out of context and used as a weapon against her.They reiterated their support for Miller and that they stand by her statements and encouraged people to listen to Miller’s entire speech.