The newly sworn congressman from southern Illinois quoted Adolf Hitler as speaking outside the U.S. Capitol, saying the German Nazi leader was “right in one thing.”
Representative Mary Miller spoke at a demonstration in Washington when a Twitter user posted a video showing part of her speech on Tuesday.
“If we win a few choices, we will still lose unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle,” Miller hears on the recording. “Hitler was right about one thing. He said, ‘He who has youth has a future.’ “
Illinois governor JB Pritzker on Wednesday called Miller’s remarks “incomprehensible and disgusting.”
“Hitler was not okay,” Pritzker said at an independent news conference. “This reprehensible rhetoric has no place in our politics.”
Illinois GOP President Tim Schneider said the statement was “bad and disgusting.”
“We call on Congressman Miller to apologize,” Schneider said in a statement.
Miller deftly won the November race for the open 15th District chair, which retired MP John Shimkus retired and took an oath on Sunday. During his campaign, he received support from President Donald Trump and vowed to stand up for the president, “objecting to the polluted January 6 election results.”
Miller did not respond immediately to comments on the comments.