Candace Owens is a triple threat to liberals pushing an anti-Trump narrative. She’s young, black and conservative. She also is fearless and that attribute was put to excellent use Tuesday as she appeared on a panel of witnesses before the House Judicial Committee. The topic of discussion was online hate speech. What could go wrong?
As I scrolled through Twitter Tuesday night I came across a short video of her performance earlier in the day before the House Judicial Committee. I did not watch any of the hearing on C-SPAN so I wanted to see what the hubbub was all about. Ms. Owens, it turns out, took Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and the chairman of the committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to task when they both deliberately tried to smear her.
Not too long ago, Owens was tangled up in a bit of ugliness on Twitter over nationalism and Hitler. Back in February, she cleaned up some remarks made in December. Leftists, she explained, took her remarks out of context about Hitler and nationalism.
A clip of her answer posted to Twitter has been viewed more than two million times. Many on social media have criticized a portion of her answer in which Owens comments, “if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay fine.”
Hitler was “a homicidal, psychotic maniac” and there is “no excuse or defense ever for … everything that he did,” she clarified.
Her comments were meant to show that Hitler was not a nationalist, she said. Hitler did not put Germans first; he “was putting German Jews into concentration camps and murdering — he was a mass murderer,” she said.
She dismissed critics who said her comments meant that Hitler could have been great if he had just focused on Germany: “No, I’m saying Hitler wasn’t a nationalist.”
Ted Lieu used this clip in the committee hearing Tuesday. Then he didn’t bother giving Ownes a chance to respond. That was his mistake. How did he not know she would clap back? Lieu is active on Twitter and surely has seen her tweets. She’s no wallflower.
“Of all the people that Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens,” Lieu said. “I don’t know Ms. Owens. I’m not going to characterize her. I’m going to let her own words do the talking.”
The California lawmaker played 30 seconds of remarks Owens made at a conference in London late last year.
It is Lieu’s pattern of behavior to mock and ridicule Republicans on social media. His district in California includes Beverly Hills and he is as arrogant as the celebrities who put him into office. Lieu asked another panelist to comment. (Business Insider)
After playing the video clip of Owens’ comments, Lieu asked Eileen Hershenov, the senior vice president for policy at the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that focuses on combating anti-Semitism, whether people’s attempts to “legitimize” Hitler 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.”
She said at the time that she thought the definition of “nationalism” gets poisoned by elitists that actually want globalism- globalism is what I don’t want.
Candace Owens responded as another Congressman began to ask his questions of the panel. It was swift and brutally honest. I liked it a lot.
You’ll notice in that clip that Nadler tries to admonish Owens for something she didn’t do and she calls him on it. He just shrugs and remains silent when she does. Lieu just sat in his chair with no expression on his face. Those Democrats know exactly what they are doing and it’s about time someone spoke up and held them accountable for their own behavior.
Candace Owens is Communications Director for Turning Point U.S.A. and is very good at articulating her point. She isn’t my cup of tea but I sure applaud her tenacity and ability to turn those two Democrats speechless.