Rep. Mary Miller’s (R-IL) campaign is attempting to clarify remarks she made Saturday night when she claimed the overturning of Roe v. Wade was a “historic victory for white life.”
Miller had been “reading off a piece of paper” when she misspoke and “meant to say ‘right to life'” when she spoke at a rally that former President Donald Trump held for her in Mendon, Illinois, Miller spokesman Isaiah Wartman told NBC News, adding that the “fake news vultures” went after her for misspeaking.
“To suggest that she is somehow not committed to defending all life is disgusting,” Wartman said. “She has the most Pro-Life voting record in Congress and is the proud grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren with down syndrome. The fake news media is targeting Mary Miller because she is doing everything she can to stop the Democrats from allowing the massacre of babies like her grandchildren.”
Miller later wrote on social media that she will “always defend the RIGHT TO LIFE!”
The congresswoman’s error and the resulting backlash it caused come two days ahead of the primary contest in Miller’s 15th Congressional District in Illinois, where she will compete against Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) on Tuesday. Davis said Miller’s comment was “just another part in a disturbing pattern of behavior she’s displayed since coming to Congress” and cited a previous comment she made about Adolf Hitler in 2021.
“This is why it’s so important to vote in our Republican Primary on Tuesday and show the country Miller’s behavior is unacceptable,” Davis wrote on social media.
This is why it’s so important to vote in our Republican Primary on Tuesday and show the country Miller’s behavior is unacceptable.
— Rodney Davis (@ElectRodney) June 26, 2022
Davis, first elected to the House in 2012, previously said he feels good about his odds of winning reelection ahead of the primary. Polling shows him and his Trump-endorsed opponent in a virtual dead heat just days ahead of the primary.
Davis has represented Illinois’s 13th Congressional District since 2012, but he is running in the 15th after his district was redrawn following the 2020 census.
Trump celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling at the Illinois rally as “a victory for the rule of law and, above all, a victory for life” and slammed protesters who demonstrated outside the homes of conservative justices. He also condemned the “attempted assassination of Justice Kavanaugh, the illegal intimidation of justices’ homes, and the radical Left’s violent terrorist attacks on pro-life centers” as “a frontal assault on our republic.”
Miller has not yet responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.