Sparks flew in the House of Representatives Tuesday when Candice Owens, communications director for Turning Point USA, responded to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) when he tried to accuse her of being a supporter for Adolf Hitler at a hearing on hate crime and white nationalism.
Owens, an African-American activist and prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, was one of the witnesses invited by the Republican minority on the House Judiciary Committee.
In Owens opening statement she identified as a Democrat who supports President Trump, and said that it’s Democrat policies that has been harming blacks.
“The biggest scandal in American politics is that Democrats have been conning minorities into believing we are perpetual victims all but ensuring our failure,” Owens said.advertisement - story continues below
This is where it got heated. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tried to portray Owens as a supporter of Adolf Hitler.
“Of all the people the Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens,” said Lieu. He then played a 30-second clip of Owens supposedly praising Hitler, and asked the Anti-Defamation League’s senior VP of policy, Eileen Hershenov, for comment if people seeking to “legitimize Hitler” was “playing into white nationalist ideology.”
The snippet Lieu played was from a December 2018 event in the UK, where Owens was trying to answer a question from an audience member about the legitimacy of nationalism by pointing out that nationalism and Hitler’s ideology of national-socialism were not the same thing. BuzzFeed featured the clip of her response – minus the question and context – in a story in February, leading to a partisan brawl on social media, RT reported.advertisement - story continues below
Owens lit into Lieu, saying he must think African-Americans were “stupid” and would not seek out the full video, and calling the move “unbelievably dishonest.”
This prompted Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to interrupt and say that Owens “may not refer to a member of the committee as stupid.”
“I didn’t refer to him as stupid. That’s not what I said at all,” Owens replied. “You didn’t listen to what I said.”advertisement - story continues below
Nadler’s response was a smug shrug.
Owens drew the ire of Democrats on the committee by arguing that the hearing was not about white nationalism or hate crime but “about fear-mongering, power and control.”
“The goal here is to scare blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims, helping [Democrats] censor dissenting opinions… helping them regain control,” she said. “White supremacy, racism, white nationalism, words that once held real meaning, have now become nothing more than election strategies.”
Candace Owens nailed it. She reminded the Democrats of their Jim Crow and KKK history, and of wanting to keep black Americans in state of modern day slavery to keep them voting Democrat.