State Rep. Miller condemned by Illinois House

Corryn Brock, News Editor

State Representative Chris Miller has been condemned by the Illinois House of Representatives following his vehicle being seen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020 with a sticker for a group deemed a hate group by the FBI.

The sticker was a symbol of the Three Percenters, an anti-government group.

The group was founded on the false claim that only three percent of colonists fought in the Revolutionary War. In 2020 the group was active in fighting against gun legislation lobbying, COVID-19 restrictions and the protests following the death of George Floyd.

Fifty-seven members voted in favor of the resolution and 36 voted against it. Nineteen members did not vote.

The resolution does not remove Miller from office; however, it does carry a symbolic weight.

According to the resolution, “On multiple documents occasions, Illinois State Representative Chris Miller has violated his oath to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Illinois by actively and publicly promoting the actions of an internationally recognized para-military hate group.”

The resolution says Miller participated in and publicly promoted his role in the rally which is believed to have led to the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol.

Before the attack, Chris Miller livestreamed a video at the rally that has since been taken down saying, “We’re engaged in a great cultural war to see which worldview will survive.” During the stream he called for rallying against “dangerous Democrat terrorists.”

After multiple news organizations reported on Miller’s vehicle being at the rally, Miller denied having knowledge of the organization despite having a sticker for the group covering a third of his windshield.

According to The Daily Beast, Chris Miller emailed the publication “Army friend gave me decal. Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub.”

“I have never been a member of the 3 percenters. My son received the sticker that was on my truck from a family friend who said that it represented patriotism and love of country. The original group, which has disbanded, was not a violent anti-government group. They were not involved in the Jan. 6th riots. They have issued a statement distancing themselves from the extremists who have copied their name. I have since removed the sticker. My intention was to display what I thought was a patriotic statement. I love our country and consider myself a patriot. My intention was not to hurt or offend anyone but simply to express what I thought was a statement of patriotism,” Miller said. “God bless America.”

This event was not the sole cause for the resolution to be written, according to the document:

“Illinois State Representative Chris Miller continues to show no remorse for this blatant violation of his oath of office and has continued to publicly support The Three Percenters, a para-military, anti-government hate group identified by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center as having the goal of overthrowing the United States government through violent revolutionary  tactics… Miller has violated his oath to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Illinois and, through his continued actions and instigations, has created an environment that potentially threatens not only the sanctity of the Illinois General Assembly but also the safety of the members and their staff.”

This follows a formal complaint against Miller requesting an investigation by the Illinois Legislative Inspector General.

 

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]