Talking Points USA Communications Director Candace Owens implored the House Judiciary committee to watch the entire video of her defending Adolf Hitler Tuesday afternoon.
How did we arrive at this absurd moment? Great question.
The controversial right-wing provocateur was participating in a hearing on “hate.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) ostensibly derided Owens’s presence by playing audio of her defending Hitler’s nationalism during a speech she made in London last February.
As we reported then, Owens said “I actually don’t have any problems at all with the word ‘nationalism’,” later adding “I think that the definition gets poisoned by elitists that actually want globalism. Globalism is what I don’t want… Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler.”
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) followed Lieu and provided the opportunity for Owens to explain her Hitler defense in greater context.
Owens said “Yes I think it’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believed that black people are stupid, and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety. He purposely presented an extracted clip.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) interrupted Owens, chiding her for apparently “disparagingly to a member of the committee,” to which Owens clarified she was not disparaging Lieu, but rather portraying Lieu’s agenda.
Owens then claimed that Lieu was assuming that “black people will not go pursue the full 2-hour clip, and he purposefully extracted, he cut off and you didn’t hear the question that was asked of me,” implicitly urging everyone to watch the entire clip to fully appreciate the context of what she intended to convey.
She then made explicitly clear her intentions, saying “(Lieu’s) trying to present as if I was watching it defense of Hitler in Germany, when in fact the question it was asking me was pertaining to whether or not I believed that Hitler, whether or not I believed in nationalism, and that nationalism was bad, and what I responded to is that I do not believe that we should be characterizing Hitler as a nationalist.”
Unless there was any confusion, Owens made clear her thoughts on Hitler, saying “He was a homicidal psychopathic maniac that killed his own people. A nationalist would not kill their own people.”
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