Congresswoman Mary Miller, R-IL, has been criticized for saying Adolf Hitler “was right on one thing,” in a speech she made Tuesday at a “Moms for America” rally.
Miller, who was recently sworn in as a member of Congress, told supporters outside the U.S. Capitol that Republicans will lose elections “unless we win the hearts and minds.”
“This is the battle,” she said. “Hitler was right on one thing. He said whoever has the youth has the future.”
After receiving backlash for her statement, Rep. Miller issued the following apology Friday.
“Earlier this week, I spoke to a group of mothers about the importance of faith and guarding our youth from destructive influences,” Miller said. “I sincerely apologize for any harm my words caused 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.”
She added, “This dark history should never be repeated and parents should be proactive to instill what is good, true, right, and noble into their children’s hearts and minds. While some are trying to intentionally twist my words to mean something antithetical to my beliefs, let me be clear: I’m passionately pro-Israel and I will always be a strong advocate and ally of the Jewish community. I’ve been in discussion with Jewish leaders across the country and am grateful to them for their kindness and forthrightness.”
Leading up to her Friday statement, Miller was condemned by many prominent politicians, organizations, and leaders in the Jewish community.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker condemned Miller’s speech, calling it “unfathomable and disgusting.”
The U.S. Holocaust Museum ‘unequivocally condemned’ Miller’s earlier remarks, saying “any leader trying to advance a position by claiming Adolf Hitler was ‘right.’ Adolf Hitler’s Germany plunged Europe into the most destructive event in human history, World War II and the Holocaust resulting in the genocide of six million European Jews.”
Antisemitism watchdog StopAntisemitism.org described the speech as “LUNACY,” asking, “are we living in that anyone would think uttering such words would be EVER deemed ok?!”