Rep. Mary Miller (R-Il.) said the quiet part out loud Saturday when she thanked former President Donald Trump at an Illinois rally for his role in overturning Roe v. Wade by picking conservative justices.
“President Trump, on behalf of all of the MAGA patriots in America. I would like to thanks for the historic victory for white life within the Supreme Court,” she said — to cheers and applause.
A spokesperson for Miller later told NBC News that she had misread the prepared remarks, and intended to say “right to life.”
But Miller has made quite a few major stumbles during her time in office and campaigning, The Chicago Tribune noted. Just days after taking office in January 2021, constituents called for her resignation for praising Adolf Hitler in a speech to a conservative women’s group.
“You recognize, if we win just a few elections, we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our kids. That is the battle,” she said. “Hitler was right on one thing: He said whoever has the youth has the long run.”
She later apologized, but in addition insisted enemies had one way or the other twisted her words.
After the mass shooting in Uvalde that killed 19 young children and two teachers, she attacked those fighting for gun safety as “attempting to destroy our society’s central pillars of religion, family and freedom,” the Tribune reported. “We want to return to God,” she added.
As for “white life,” many conservatives see abortion crackdowns as a option to sustain numbers of white residents amid evolving American demographics. It plays into the racist “Great Substitute” conspiracy theory that Democrats and others are covertly plotting to switch whites with people of color and immigrants.
Miller, who has been endorsed by Trump, faces off against rival Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Il.) in a state primary Tuesday.