WASHINGTON – Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Jewish Democrat from Illinois, said Thursday that she would introduce a measure to censure Rep. Mary Miller, a first-term Republican also from Illinois, who said “Hitler was right’ during a speech at a pro-Trump rally in Washington DC.
“We cannot allow speakers to get up to crowds and preach things that are so detrimental to people of color or Jews or immigrants, and we’ve had enough of that,” Schakowsky told Chicago’s ABC7 News, calling Miller’s remarks unacceptable.
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Schakowsky is one of the 25 Jewish Democrats in the House of Representatives. The other from Illinois, Rep. Brad Schneider, previously said that “no leader, and especially a Member of Congress, must ever invoke Hitler as a model of anything other than pure evil,” adding that Miller had to apologize to both “her constituents and all who honor the memory of the millions murdered by Hitler and the Nazis.”
Miller was widely condemned for her prepared remarks, delivered at a rally one day before the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol. “Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation. You know, if we win a few elections, we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing. He said, whoever has the youth has the future,” the Illinois Congresswoman said in her speech.
Miller later tweeted that her remarks were “a denunciation of evil dictators’ efforts to re-educate young people and similar efforts by left-wing radicals in our country today” before issuing a more formal apology.
Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth previously called on Miller to resign immediately, saying her comments on “the perpetrator of the greatest genocide in world history is...disqualifying for an American elected official” and adding that her resignation would empower “someone who better understands the sacrifices our brave service members made during World War II” to represent Illinois.
The Illinois Legislative Jewish Caucus has also called for her resignation, saying “a sitting member of Congress who uses Hitler’s obscene methods for indoctrinating children with racism and fascism as a guidepost, igniting hate and violence, has no place in Congress.”
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Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republic Jewish Coalition, has since said that she “spoke out of ignorance. Not malice and she has apologized and should be forgiven. Period. Full stop.”