Rep. Mary Miller says the autumn of Roe v. Wade was a “victory for white life”; Marketing campaign says it made a mistake
Republican Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois applauded at a rally with former President Trump on Saturday, and said it was a “historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court”. Her campaign responded immediately, saying it was a mistake, meaning “a historic victory for the right to life by the Supreme Court.”
“Mary stumbles while saying ‘Right to Life,’ and the fake news vultures are out,” her rep Isaiah Wartman said in a statement to CBS News.
Wartman said Miller has the “most pro-life electoral record in Congress” and is the “proud grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren” who have Down syndrome.
Miller represents Illinois’ 15th district, and as a result of the reallocation, she is involved in a primary fight against another incumbent Republican, Rep. Rodney Davis, who represents the 13th district. The primary is on Tuesday.
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Trump called Miller a “warrior for our movement and our values” during Saturday’s rally.
In a statement, Davis called her comments “just another part of a disturbing pattern of behavior she’s exhibited since entering Congress,” and said not answering questions was akin to a “Biden basement strategy.” Davis cited some previous controversies Miller was involved in, including when she praised Adolf Hitler at a January 2021 rally and said she was “unfit for public office.”
Miller called Davis, a co-chair of Trump’s 2020 campaign from Illinois, a “RINO,” or Republican, in name only, according to CBS Peoria affiliate WMBD. Davis is one of 35 House Republicans who voted to create a committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. Thatto show what they have learned so far and the in advance of the attack.
During Saturday’s rally, Miller said Davis “betrayed” us by voting to create the committee. Trump called the hearings “a ridiculous sham trial.”
Trump praised the court for overthrowing Roe andand got the crowd chanting “Thank you, Trump!”
He also gave his “full support” to Republican gubernatorial nominee Darren Bailey, who faces five challengers in Tuesday’s primary.
Aaron Navarro contributed to this report.
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