Today, Candace Owens spoke at a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee on white nationalism and hate crimes. The GOP specifically choose her, which was bizarre considering she is famous for saying Hitler just wanted to “make Germany great.” Thankfully, Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California was there to remind her.
Lieu said, “Of all the people that Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens. I don’t know Ms. Owens, I’m not going to characterize her. I’m going to let her own words do the talking.” He then played the first 30 second of her disgusting comments about Hitler.
Eileen Hershenov, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) vice president for policy, responded to the clip by saying, “I know that Ms. Owens distanced herself from those comments later but we expressed great concern over the original comments.”
Owens then tried to defend herself and said that Lieu thought Black people were stupid, which caused her to be reprimanded. She then babbled again, trying to distance herself from her clearly anti-Semitic comments. Watch her embarrassment below:
In case you forgot, see Owens’ shining moment below:
Outside of her pro Hitler comments, 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.”
Yep, this is the person the GOP selected to testify on white nationalism.