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Did Republican Rep. Mary Miller Invoke Hitler Before Capitol Riot?

Miller's invocation of Adolf Hitler came a week after she claimed that Joe Biden's 2020 election victory was "the greatest heist of the 21st century."

Published Jan 11, 2021

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 4: Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., is seen during a group photo with freshmen members of the House Republican Conference on the House steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) (Tom Williams / Contributor)
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Claim:
Rep. Mary Miller said "Hitler was right on one thing" before a mob of Trump supporters stormed the nation's Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020..
What's True

Republican congresswoman Mary Miller of Illinois said that "Hitler was right on one thing. He said, 'Whoever has the youth has the future.' Our children are being propagandized."

What's False

She made these remarks on Jan. 5, one day before the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

In the aftermath of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a freshman congresswoman apologized for remarks made one day before the riot. U.S. Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois had previously spoken the words "Hitler was right on one thing" while standing next to the Capitol at a "Save the Republic" rally:

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.' Our children are being propagandized.

Today, I want to encourage you to do two things. Fill your children's minds with what is true and right and noble, and then they can overcome evil with good because it can actually discern between what is evil and what is good.

Some Twitter users shared thoughts on the invocation of Adolf Hitler, and appeared to believe the speech was made on the day of the Capitol riot:

It's true that Rep. Mary Miller invoked Hitler. Differing with some tweets was the fact that this "Save the Republic" rally took place the day before the mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 5. It was not the same rally where President Donald Trump spoke on Jan. 6 — the same day as the violent riot. At the same time, there were some violent clashes in Washington, D.C., the night before.

The New York Times reported that Miller's speech had been condemned by members of both parties:

A freshman member of the House of Representatives said on Friday that she regretted having made an approving reference to Hitler at a rally in Washington — a comment that drew condemnation from members of both parties and prompted some Democrats to demand that she resign.

The congresswoman, Mary Miller, an Illinois Republican, made the remarks at a "Save the Republic" rally on Tuesday, two days after she was sworn in as a House member, representing the state’s 15th Congressional District. The rally was sponsored by the conservative group Moms for America.

"Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation," Ms. Miller said at the rally. "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.' Our children are being propagandized."

Other speakers at the same rally included My Pillow founder Mike Lindell and a handful of conservative voices. Ali Alexander, who was listed on the rally's website as the founder of Stop the Steal, also spoke.

The "Stop the Steal" slogan referred to a thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was stolen through massive voter fraud. That conspiracy theory, in part, led to the deadly violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Mary Miller previously falsely claimed that the 2020 election results were "tainted" and that it was "the greatest heist of the 21st century." The Belleville News-Democrat reported on Dec. 31, 2020, that she planned to object to certifying the results of the election:

In her state­ment, Miller said: "I am fight­ing for the peo­ple of my dis­trict and with Pres­i­dent Trump to en­sure the in­tegrity of our elec­tions. I promised to stand with Pres­i­dent Trump, and I will keep that prom­ise. It is my re­spon­si­bil­ity to the great peo­ple of Illi­nois to ob­ject to the Elec­toral Col­lege Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion."

Miller ac­cuses U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and "the Washington Swamp" of re­fus­ing to al­low any in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions of elec­tion fraud "be­cause they know even a glanc­ing re­view would un­cover the great­est heist of the 21st cen­tury."

Miller of­fered no ev­i­dence to sup­port her claim.

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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