Representative Mary Miller won the Republican primary for the 15th congressional district in Illinois on Tuesday in a rare incumbent and incumbent race against Representative Rodney Davis.
Miller, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, beat her Republican opponent with 57.6 percent of the vote as the Associated Press called for the race.
Trump was in central Illinois over the weekend to get close to Miller, who was widely criticized after describing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the decision. Raw vs. Wade as a “victory for white life” during the rally.
“President Trump, on behalf of all MAGA Patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic White Life victory in the Supreme Court yesterday,” she told the audience on Saturday.
During his tenure in office, Trump appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Connie Barrett, who moved the Supreme Court to a 6-3 conservative majority and all joined Friday’s majority opinion.
Miller’s campaign stated that the new congresswoman intended to say “the right to life” in her speech, but this is not the first controversy she has been involved in. During her first month in office, Miller made comments apparently praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler for being “right.”
Miller, speaking at a rally on Capitol Hill in January 2021, said, “Every generation has a responsibility to educate and train the next generation. You know, if we win some elections, we lose, unless we win the hearts and minds of our children.. That’s the battle.”
“Hitler was right about one thing: He said, ‘He who has the youth, has the future.'” And the congresswoman added, “Our children are being promoted.”
The remarks drew heavy criticism, including from the United States Holocaust Museum, who made a statement saying that the Washington Museum “unequivocally condemns any leader trying to advance a position by claiming that Adolf Hilter was ‘right’.”
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, who is Jewish, called Miller’s comments “abhorrent” and “disgusting,” while Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth called for her resignation.
Although she initially backed down from the protest, Miller retracted and apologized, saying she was a “strong advocate and ally of the Jewish community.”
Miller, who was among 147 House Republicans who contested the Electoral College results for the 2020 presidential election, was running against Davis as a result of the redistricting. Although Davis was a member of the Trump camp, serving as co-chair of the former president’s re-election campaign in Illinois, he did not gain Trump’s endorsement after he proposed a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The measure failed to gain support in the House of Representatives.
Throughout her campaign, Miller criticized Davis as “Reno” (a Republican in name only) and accused the congressman of “stabbing[ing] President Trump is behind in voting for the January 6 Moot Committee.”