Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker on Wednesday called “unfathomable and disgusting” the comments made by a newly-elected Republican Congresswoman that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was “right on one thing.”
Speaking to a rally of supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Mary Miller — who was sworn in on Jan. 3 as the representative from Central Illinois — declared that Republicans needed to “win the hearts and minds of our children,” approvingly citing the main author of the Nazi Holocaust as a model to follow.
“Hitler was right on one thing: he said, whoever has the youth has the future,” said Miller, a Trump loyalist who is opposed to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
“Fill your children’s minds with what is true and right and noble, and then they can overcome evil with good because they can actually discern between what is evil and what is good,” she continued.
At his daily briefing on Wednesday, fellow Republican Gov. Pritzker warned of an “evil streak” in the Illinois GOP. “Let me be clear. Hitler got nothing right,” Pritzker stated. “This reprehensible rhetoric has no place in our politics. Illinois Republicans cannot allow this to stand and must condemn this vile, evil streak in their party. If Representative Miller was the least bit interested in history, she would visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to learn just how wrong Hitler really was.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican who represents Illinois’ 16th District, similarly denounced Miller. “I outright condemn this garbage,” Kinzinger tweeted on Wednesday.
US Jewish groups also condemned Miller’s outburst.
In a statement, the US section of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) said it was “outraged” by Miller’s “‘Hitler was right’ remark.”
“Hateful rhetoric like this is unacceptable from an elected official chosen to stand up for freedom, democracy and equality,” the WJC declared. “Shame on Rep. Miller.”