A US congresswoman called Roe v Wade’s overturn a “victory for white people’s lives” while praising former president Donald Trump’s role.
Mary Miller, a Republican representative from Illinois, made the controversial comments at a “Save America” rally on Saturday, where she shared the stage with the former president.
“President Trump, on behalf of all Maga patriots in America, I want to thank you for yesterday’s historic victory for whites on the Supreme Court,” Miller said on stage. drew cheers from a crowd of Trump supporters.
Her comments soon drew anger and outrage from people online, who said it appeared to betray a white ideology.
However, when her comment received an immediate backlash, her spokesperson was quick to deny that she meant to allude to “white life” in her speech and says it’s “a mix of words”.
“You can clearly see in the video … she’s going through the papers and watching her speech,” Miller’s spokesman Isaiah Wartman told the Associated Press.
Ms. Miller, who is running for re-election in the state’s newly redrawn 15th Congressional District against Republican Rodney Davis, has been endorsed by Mr. Trump, who continues to exert her influence over the Republican party.
Mr. Trump himself called the Roe v Wade reversal a “decision” made by “God”, in an interview with Fox News, in an interview with Fox News he was asked if he play any role in the abolition.
During his tenure, Mr. Trump appointed three conservative justices: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
All three judges joined the majority opinion issued on Friday that overturned the Roe v Wade ruling, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion and granted constitutional rights to abortion. with this procedure.
Again at the rally, Mr. Trump declared recognition of the Supreme Court’s landmine ruling, noting that in 2016 he had promised to appoint judges opposing abortion rights.
“Yesterday, the court awarded a victory for the Constitution, a victory for the rule of law, and above all, a victory for life,” he told the crowd.
The overturning of the conviction made abortion illegal in 13 US states. This move will have a disproportionate impact on people of color.
The freshman congresswoman, who was among those who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, had previously been criticized for citing Adolf Hitler.
“Hitler was right about one thing. Ms Miller said in a speech last year, according to a video posted by WCIA-TV, he said: ‘Whoever has youth has a future. She later apologized after Democrats in Illinois called for her to resign.
Additional reports by agencies