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GOP Member Mary Miller Apologizes for Praising Hitler At A Rally

Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, a Democrat, called Ms. Miller’s remarks “unfathomable and disgusting,” and urged her to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center “to learn just how wrong Hitler was.”

Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, called Ms. Miller’s comments “garbage,” and Tim Schneider, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, urged Ms. Miller to apologize, saying, “That language is wrong and disgusting.”

Several Illinois Democrats went further and demanded that Ms. Miller resign. They included Senator Tammy Duckworth, Representative Jan Schakowsky and Representative Marie Newman.

Ms. Schakowsky said on Friday that Ms. Miller’s comments “make her unfit for a leader” and called her apology “equivocal.”

“She obviously got some heat, but she has not reached out to have a conversation with Jewish members of the delegation, or any member of the delegation,” Ms. Schakowsky, who is Jewish, said in an interview. “I don’t think that the apology is sufficient, but I would like to talk to her and see how she really justified what she said anyway.”

Ms. Duckworth said Ms. Miller should “resign immediately.”

“It is absolutely repugnant, obscene and unacceptable for any American — let alone a supposed ‘leader’ serving in Congress — to claim Adolf Hitler was right about anything,” Ms. Duckworth said.

Ms. Miller, 61, who describes herself as a mother of seven, grandmother of 17, farmer and business manager, was elected in November to replace Representative John Shimkus, a Republican, who retired.

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