A pickup truck bearing a Three Percenter militia sticker that was parked outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has been traced to the husband of a Hitler-quoting Republican lawmaker.
Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) gained infamy two days after she was sworn in -- and one day before the deadly riot -- by saying Adolf Hitler "was right on one thing," and the militia-endorsing pickup was linked to her husband by the @capitolhunters Twitter account that's crowd-sourcing efforts to identify participants in the insurrection, reported The Daily Beast.
"Army friend gave me decal. Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub," said Chris Miller, the congresswoman's husband and himself a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, in an email statement to The Beast.
The #Sedition3PTruck with government plates parked in a restricted zone from 1:02. #SeditionHunters #Sedition3P
Source: https://t.co/DubmxJhjSZ pic.twitter.com/INCs6geEYg
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Chris Miller insists he was never a member of the loosely organized anti-government militia, and claims he "didn't know anything about 3% till fake news started this fake story and read about them."
The state lawmaker's pickup was photographed outside the Capitol, which is inaccessible to regular vehicle traffic, raised questions about who it belonged to and how it got there.
Online sleuths found a remarkably similar truck with the same Illinois license plate number carrying Mary Miller and Trump-Pence campaign banners in a July 2020 photo, and her Facebook page posted another photo showing what appears to be the same pickup with the same campaign banners.
The Millers have posted other photos of the same type of Ford pickup with stickers promoting other pro-gun groups, and the couple has prominently featured the truck in social media posts and campaign materials.
The license plate seen in photos from the Capitol riot shows it's a design that appears to be reserved for Illinois politicians -- such as Chris Miller, who took office in 2019.
Moments before a riotous mob stormed the US Capitol, Illinois state Representative Chris Miller, husband to Congresswoman Mary Miller, railed against “dangerous Democrat terrorists," and said “we're in a great cultural war to see which worldview will survive." pic.twitter.com/kJW2GtRbvq
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