U.S. Representative Mary Miller immediately received fierce reactions on social media and elsewhere during a Saturday night meeting with former President Donald Trump when she credited him with the Supreme Court overthrowing Roe v. Wade, calling it a “victory for white life.” .
“I want to thank you for the historic victory of white life in the Supreme Court yesterday,” Miller said, then raised her arms in an animated clap amid cheers from the crowd, which numbered in the thousands on a sweltering day in West Central Illinois.
But Miller’s campaign said Saturday night that the congresswoman misread the prepared remarks at a rally Trump held for her in the village of Mendon.
“You can clearly see her reading a piece of paper, she meant to say ‘right to life,'” said Miller spokesman Isaiah Wartman.
Miller, R-Illinois, later tweeted, “I will always defend the RIGHT TO LIFE!”
The statement unleashed a powerful rebuke on social media, comparing Miller to a white supremacist and recalling quote her from Adolf Hitler on January 6, 2021 — the day a mob broke into the nation’s Capitol. She later apologized.
Saturday’s misstep couldn’t have come at a worse time for Miller, who is locked in a tight contest with Rep. Rodney Davis in the newly drawn 15th Congressional District of Illinois.
Wartman made another statement in response to the relentless coverage of Miller’s gaffe.
“Joe Biden doesn’t know where he is half the time and the fake news refuses to cover it. Mary stumbles as she says ‘Right to life’ and the fake news vultures are out,” he said in a text message.
“It is disgusting to suggest that she is somehow not committed to defending all life. She has the most Pro-Life voting rights in Congress and is the proud grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren with the syndrome from Down,” Wartman said. “The fake news media is targeting Mary Miller for doing everything she can to prevent Democrats from allowing the massacre of babies like her grandchildren.”
The Trump rally drew thousands of people on Saturday, at an event where Trump also endorsed GOP governor candidate Darren Bailey.
Bailey led in recent polls against Aurora’s mayor, Richard Irvin, despite the support of billionaire Ken Griffin. Griffin, who put tens of millions of dollars into Irvin’s race, announced last week he moved the headquarters of his hedge fund Citadel from Chicago to Miami.