Yep, you the read that right. Candace Owens, the woman who said Hitler just wanted to “make Germany great,” was expected to testify this week at a congressional hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism. It must be much easier to spit white supremacy if they have a Black face to do it.
Owens, who is the communications director for the right-wing Talking Point USA organization, will be joined by “Eileen Hershenov, the senior vice president for policy at the Anti-Defamation League; Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society; and Neil Potts, public policy director of Facebook, among others,” the Hill reported.
She was scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
“This hearing will examine hate crimes, the impact white nationalist groups have on American communities and the spread of white identity ideology,” the committee said in a statement. “The hearing will also foster ideas about what social media companies can do to stem white nationalist propaganda and hate speech online.”
In case you forgot, see Owens’ shining moment below:
In case you missed it, the 29-year-old seemed to sympathize with Hitler during a talk in London in April.
“When we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler,” she said in a speech captured on video. “He was a national socialist. If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay, fine.”
She continued, “The problem is he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize, he wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German, everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism. So in thinking about how it could go bad down the line, I don’t really have an issue with nationalism, I really don’t.”
In addition, she was cited as having “influenced” at least one of the alleged gunmen who launched the deadly shooting attacks on two mosques in New Zealand last month.
The man wrote in a manifesto that Owens was “the person that has influenced me above all,” according to an apparent partial transcript posted to Twitter by journalist Ian Miles Cheong.
In addition, Owens has called the NAACP “one of the worst groups for Black people,” even though the organization helped her win a racial discrimination lawsuit. In 2007, she accused some white boys of racially harassing and threatening to kill her. Owens claimed the boys were the son of then-Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut’s former governor. Because of the NAACP, Owens’ family received a settlement of $37,500 from Stamford Public Schools.
Scot X. Esdaile, the Connecticut NAACP president who helped Owens with her lawsuit, was shocked to hear she had become a conservative. Esdaile told Mic, “We’re very saddened and disappointed in her. It seems to me that she’s now trying to play to a different type of demographic.”
Also, the college dropout once said the NRA was “the nation’s oldest civil rights organization” and was founded “to train Black Americans to use guns to defend themselves against the Ku Klux Klan, a Democrat terrorist group.”
This is the person Republicans have testifying on white nationalism and hate crimes?
We are in disturbing times.