Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens effectively shot down a Democratic congressman’s attempt to smear her as a Hitler apologist during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism, Tuesday.
“In congressional hearings, the minority party gets to select its own witnesses. And of all the people the Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens,” Rep. Ted Lieu of California sneered. “I don’t know Miss Owens. I’m not going to characterize her. I’m going to let her own words do the talking,” he continued, producing his phone and playing a clip of the conservative activist discussing Hitler, earlier this year.
“I actually don’t have any problems at all with the word nationalism,” Owens says in the clip. “I think that it gets — the definition gets poisoned by elitists that actually want globalism. Globalism is what I don’t want. So when you think about — whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about — at least in America — is Hitler. You know, he was a national socialist, but if Hitler had just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he wanted — he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize, he wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German.”
Falsely characterizing Owens as trying “to legitimize Hitler,” Lieu asked witness Eileen Hershenov, a senior vice president at the Anti-Defamation League, if her words had “fed into white nationalist ideology.”
“It does, Mr. Lieu,” Hershenov replied. “I know that Ms. Owens distanced herself from those comments later, but we expressed great concern over the original comments.”
Asked to respond a few minutes later, Owens accused Lieu of thinking that African-Americans are “stupid.”
“I think it’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety. He purposefully presented an extracted clip,” she said, before committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) interrupted.
“The witness will suspend for a moment!” he said, pounding his gavel. He chastised Owens, saying that “it is not proper to refer disparagingly to a member of the committee. The witness will not do that again.”
Allowed to continue, Owens said: “Sure, even though I was called despicable.”
Nadler butt in again to say, “the witness may not refer to a member of the committee as ‘stupid.'”
She replied incredulously, “I didn’t refer to him as ‘stupid.’ That’s not what I said. That’s not what I said at all. You didn’t listen to what I said.”
After being called out by the conservative activist, Nadler simply shrugged.
Owens, of course had accused Lieu of thinking black people were too stupid to watch the full clip in context.
“As I said,” she explained, “he’s assuming that black people will not go pursue the full two hour clip” to find out that she wasn’t defending Hitler. She added that the question that was asked of her was whether or not she believed in nationalism.
“And I responded that I do not believe that we should be characterizing Hitler as a Nationalist. He was a homicidal, psychopathic maniac who killed his own people,” she said. “A Nationalist would not kill their own people. That is exactly what I was referring to in the clip and he purposefully wanted to give you a cut-up similar to what they do to Donald Trump to create a different narrative. That was unbelievably dishonest and he did not allow me to respond to it, which is worrisome and should tell you a lot about where people are today in terms of trying to drum up narratives.”
Owens added defiantly that she works for Prager University “which is run by an Orthodox Jew, not a single Democrat showed up at the Embassy opening in Jerusalem and I sat on a plane for eighteen hours to make sure I was there. I’m deeply offended by the insinuation of revealing that clip without revealing the question that was asked of me.”
The C-Span clip ends with Rep. Lieu staring straight ahead with his hands in the confident “steeple” pose, “commonly observed in superior-subordinate relationships,” according to body language experts.
Donald Trump Jr later tweeted out his support of Owens’ fiery performance: “Wow. Well done
@RealCandaceO!!!” he said. “Great to see someone call out the Dems on their purposeful manipulation of facts for their narrative. Since the media runs with anything they say and is the marketing wing of the DNC they aren’t used to getting called out for the repeated BS.”