Unethical Quote Of The Month: Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.)

“President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday.”

Rep. Miller at a Trump rally in Mendon, Ill.

What an unbelievable idiot.  Miller’s clean-up team issued a predictable explanation, telling the Associated Press that the first-term Illinois Republican misread her prepared speech and meant to declare the Dobbs decision a victory for the “right to life.” “You can clearly see in the video … she’s looking at her papers and looking at her speech,” her spokesman said.

Ah! The Elmer Fudd excuse—meant to say “right” but could only say “wight”! It could happen to anyone. Wiiiight...I mean, “right.”

Even giving her the benefit of the doubt—if that was what happened, why didn’t she say “wight to life” and not “wight life“?—it doesn’t matter. She is, to paraphrase Winston Churchill’s famous description of Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” a fool wrapped in a moron inside an incompetent.

Miller didn’t flinch when the “wrong” words came out, which can only can mean that “white life” sounded fine to her, or that she’s like Ron Burgundy, such a dolt that she will say whatever her notes tell her to. She might have said, “Go fuck yourself, San Diego!” Miller didn’t say “oops!” or quickly make it clear what she said was a botch, as former President Bush did recently when he condemned the invasion of Ukraine but said “Iraq” instead.

And the MAGA crowd cheered. Yecchh.

Rep. Miller, like anyone paying attention, has to know that one of the themes running through the Left’s freakout over Roe being cancelled is that the decision was “racist.” I know it doesn’t make any sense (more than 19 million unborn black babies have been aborted since 1973), but racism and “white supremacy” are about all the ammunition Democrats have these days, and anyway, they are aiming their propaganda at the most gullible, ill-informed citizens they can find. (These would be the Left’s equivalents of those who cheered Miller at the rally.) How could any Republican with a functioning cerebral cortex hand Democrats an opportunity like that, intentionally or accidentally?

Easy question: Miller doesn’t have one, or at least enough of one to justify being in Congress.  Is it just a coincidence that the same elected official talking about “white life” at a Trump rally previously began a sentence in a speech on Jan. 6, 2021, with the self-igniting phrase, “Hitler was right on one thing…”?

I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

The gaffe is disqualifying whether Miller said it by mistake or deliberately. Republicans need to put a powerful and persuasive group together, meet with her, and inform her that her option is either to withdraw from her re-election campaign now or the party will refuse its support and any assistance. If Trump is smart (a fascinating issue on its own) and has any integrity  at all, he’ll tell her that he is withdrawing any support or endorsement.

 

6 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Month: Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.)

  1. *sigh*

    We’ll see what happens — but this is how the GOP can blow an election. It’s more likely to cost it the Senate than the House, but enough turkeys like this…

    I can give the crowd partial benefit of the doubt. They were likely poised to cheer and the exact words may not have penetrated on the instant. And how do you recant that if you’re one of many in that crowd? Email the candidate afterward, I reckon. Maybe if enough do so…

  2. I don’t disagree at all with your assessment of Miller or your suggested course of action. I have watched the video of the speech several times and listened to the audio without the video, and i believe she definitely said, “white life,” whatever may have been written on her paper or whatever she may have meant to say. As for the crowd clapping and cheering, the video clearly shows African Americans in the crowd clapping and cheering after her remark, so I suspect they didn’t immediately catch what was said, and neither did most people there. I have listened to a LOT of political speeches in person and have frequently had to ask myself, “Wait, did he just say what I thought he said?” even as I realized what was said had to have been a mistake. I seriously doubt she intended to say, “white life'” mainly because what would the term “white life” even mean in this context, as opposed to “the right to life”? I’m sure the Left will be calling it some sort of “dog whistle” to the vast white supremacist conspiracy, but if so, it sure was a vague and uncertain one. I’m applying Hanlon’s Razor here and chalking this one up to stupidity rather than malice (and to being a poor public speaker, which is all too common among politicians).

  3. Yup. Dumb.

    Then, there is this:

    I recognize EA has declared Project Veritas unethical, but they seem to be getting real damning evidence of the Left.

    jvb

  4. I know you don’t like Project Veritas, so I hope I’m not violating any comment policies by referencing them.

    They have two recent videos of Republicans both basically saying they just pretend to be pro-life for votes. It’s entirely possible (and probably more likely) that she was pulling a Ron Burgundy. Public relations anymore is formulaic for many of these politicians. They memorize talking points, read prepared speeches they don’t even read anymore (at least Obama and Clinton both read the speeches their handlers wrote, at least according to the handlers), and try to be positive and smiley.

    Very stupid though….

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