A Republican congresswoman from Illinois, Rep. Mary Miller, spoke at a rally with former president Donald Trump this weekend and celebrated the overturning of Roe v Wade, calling it a “historic victory for white life.”
Miller praised the former president for his installation of three Supreme Court justices, who all joined the majority opinion in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. “President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday,” Miller said at the rally.
A campaign spokesperson for Miller later said the congresswoman misspoke at the rally, and meant to say something else. “She very clearly meant to say ‘victory for Right to Life’ during her remarks,” said Isaiah Wartman. He called Miller’s reference to “white life” a “stumble.”
“To suggest that she is somehow not committed to defending all life is disgusting,” Wartman wrote.
Miller will face off against her more moderate opponent, Rep. Rodney Davis, in a primary election on Tuesday. President Trump attended the rally to endorse Darren Bailey in his race for Illinois governor. “Darren is a farmer and he’s a fighter and he has been an outstanding warrior in the Illinois State Senate where he’s totally, totally respected by all of them,” Trump said to the crowd in Quincy.
Trump’s support of Miller is widely seen as a test of the former president’s endorsement power ahead of the November midterms. Her alleged “mishap” this weekend is not the first time Miller has come under fire for controversial statements.
In 2021 she was criticized for quoting Adolf Hitler in a speech at a pro-Trump rally. “Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘Whoever has the youth, has the future,” Miller said at a “Save the Republic” rally. She defended her comments later, saying critics were “trying to intentionally twist [her] words to mean something antithetical to [her] beliefs.”
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