Rep. Miller’s daughter claims Miller is ‘owning’ comments

Elizabeth Taylor, Associate News Editor

Following controversy over Rep. Mary Miller’s comments during a speech for Moms for America, one of Miller’s daughters posted on social media that Miller “said it” and was “owning it.”

Megan Goff, one of Miller’s seven children, posted on her Facebook story a picture of her mother captioned, “Mom is getting roasted on national news media platforms. The funny thing is: she and Dad don’t care!! She said it. She’s owning it. Go mom!”

This post was published following a statement from Congresswoman Mary Miller in which she said, “I sincerely apologize for any harm my words caused and regret using a reference to one of the most evil dictators in history to illustrate the dangers that outside influences can have on our youth.”

Miller’s apology came after backlash for saying that, “Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.’”

Facebook users responded to the screencap of Goff’s post with disbelief, saying that they initially thought it was satire before getting confirmation that it was genuine.

Goff also shared a post on her Instagram page with a caption supporting her mother’s statement which read, “Proud of my mom for speaking yesterday in defense of parental rights and the priority that families have in raising their children…. PS: Don’t believe everything the media spins and twists to further their own agenda. Listen and read the entirety of the book or speech, so the context is there to make a judgement. #logic101.”

Miller’s full speech is available online in both video and transcript forms.

The Daily Eastern News contacted both Miller’s communication director and Goff individually for comment.

Neither has responded with a statement regarding these posts as of 10 p.m. Monday.

On a Facebook post on Goff’s page which has since been deleted, Patricia Ogden Eckerty commented, “We are proud of Mary’s speech as well. Hitler did have the statement right regarding children. The progressive socialists realized that when they worked to take over the school curriculum.”

“Exactly!!” Goff replied.

Other comments on the deleted post seemed to share that sentiment.

“Very proud of your mother!” Shanan Strode wrote. “Anyone who knows her knows how absurd the twisting of her words sounded. Mary Meyer Miller their twisting of your words are just fiery darts of Satan, meant to discourage and distract.”

Social media users left more comments across both Goff and Miller’s Facebook pages in support of the Congresswoman, but many others have called for her resignation or shared their displeasure with the use of a quote from Hitler.

“Nobody will ever work with this thing. Ever,” John Vickie Hayden commented on The Daily Eastern News’ Facebook page. “It is poison. Senators won’t work with poison. It needs to resign. Today!!”

Other commenters said that the Miller’s apology was “forced” or a “non-apology,” while some called her “crazy,” or suggested that she was a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Some online debates formed as Miller’s supporters defended her by saying that she is “a nice lady,” and should be given a pass because she is “inexperienced at being a public figure.”

“If Trump can be President with the stuff he has said, anyone can do it,” John Cole commented. “What she said was right, the youth are our future.”

Miller was sworn in to office on Jan. 3, just two days before her controversial speech.

 

Elizabeth Taylor can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]