Mary Miller, a Republican representative from Illinois, told a crowd of Trump supporters that “Hitler was right on one thing, whoever has the youth has the future,” Miller added, “Fill your children’s minds with what is true and right and noble, and then they can overcome evil with good because they can actually discern between what is evil and what is good.” Jonathan Greenblatt, of the Anti-Defamation League, angrily responded:
“Hitler wasn’t right on anything – and invoking his name in this or any other context is wildly offensive & disrespects the millions who perished due to the Nazis’ hateful, genocidal regime,” he wrote. “An apology is the least you can do for your constituents & our country.”
Greenblatt’s words are a tad resolute. Pritzker’s remarks are political garbage. Miller was clearly commenting on the Democrat’s strategy of converging on young voters and permeating them with false anti-Trump and Republican ideologies; her reference to Hitler is unpropitious but not anecdotal.
Hitler’s youth (Hitlerjugend), mostly young boys, were placed under exhausting mental and physical restraints as they were indoctrinated with Nazi ideologies to the point of fanaticism.
Miller’s comparison is faulty since the atrocities committed against Jews are far eviler than the acts of the Democrats. It is like saying:
“Serial killer Ted Bundy wasn’t so bad. He didn’t kill children like Luis Garavito, he didn’t kill nearly as many people as Hitler, and he is much kinder than Satan.”
Nevertheless, we think that Miller was not trying to disrespect Jews; she made a logical fallacy. She should be more careful in the future.