The congresswoman who said Hitler was right has apologized but hit back at critics whom she accused of twisting her words.
Mary Miller is an Illinois Representative and one of the Republicans objecting to Joe Biden’s election win. During a Tuesday event led by right-wing group Moms for America, Miller opened up about the need to involve the youth in politics as she read her speech from a paper.
Addressing the crowd, the Republican made a major gaffe as she referred to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and suggested that he “was right on one thing.”
“This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing – He said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future,’” Miller was heard saying in footage shared by WCIA-TV.
After mentioning the dictator’s name in a speech that was written in advance, Miller has been facing backlash and calls to resign from both Democrats and Republicans.
“That language is wrong and disgusting. We urge Congresswoman Miller to apologize,” Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party Chairman, said in a statement.
While the freshman congresswoman apologized for her comments in a statement, she insisted that her words were twisted by the critics.
“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. This dark history should never be repeated,” she wrote.
In her apology, Miller went on to insist that “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,” she concluded.
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