Candace Owens Shreds Democrats During House Committee Hearing: WATCH
Leader of the #Blexit movement - to leave the Democratic Party - blasts top Dems
Conservative firebrand Candace Owens shredded two Democrats after they made false insinuations about her comments during a House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Owens, leader of the #Blexit movement — black exit from the Democratic Party — and member of the conservative student group Turning Point USA, blasted Rep. Ted Lieu after the California Democrat suggested she was sympathetic to Hitler.
Lieu played the committee a conveniently edited recording of Owens' comments, after which she accused him of thinking blacks are stupid.
Shortly after Owens started to speak, during the hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reprimanded Owens for calling Lieu "stupid," which she hadn't done.
A clearly frustrated Owens then erupted, eating both Dems' lunches.
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The fiery exchange was triggered when Lieu criticized Republicans' choice of Owens as a witness for the hearing.
"In congressional hearings, the minority party gets to select its own witnesses," Lieu said.
"And of all the people the Republicans could have selected, they pick 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.
"I'm going to play for you the first 30 seconds of a statement she made about Adolf Hitler."
Lieu then held up a cell phone to his microphone and played a clip of Owens from December event in London that went viral in February.
Here's the video of Rep. Ted Lieu playing Candace Owens' remarks on Hitler to her at a hearing on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 9, 2019
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"I actually don't have any problems at all with the word nationalism," Owens said in the clip.
"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 just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine.
"Problem is 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. That's not, to me, that's not nationalism."
Lieu then addressed Eileen Hershenov, one of the other witnesses before the panel: "When people try to legitimize Adolf Hitler, does that feed into white nationalist ideology?"
"It does, Mr. Lieu," the Hershenov responded.
Lieu didn't give Owens a chance to reply, but Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., the next representative to speak, allowed Owens to respond before Nadler cut her off.
.@tedlieu played a clip of @RealCandaceO's controversial comments about Hitler during a congressional hearing on white nationalism.— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 9, 2019
"It's pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip .." @RepJerryNadler cut her off. pic.twitter.com/zQp54uipWi
"It's pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety," Owens said.
"He purposefully presented an extracted clip."
Nadler interrupted Owens, banging his gavel, and ordered her to suspend her comments.
"The witness may not refer to a member of the committee as stupid," Nadler said.
"I didn't refer to him as stupid, that's not what I said," Owens replied before continuing with the defense of her comments in the clip that Lieu played.
"He's trying to present as if I was launching a defense of Hitler in Germany, when in fact, the question that was asked of me was pertaining to whether or not I believed that Hitler — whether or not I believed in nationalism, and that nationalism was bad," she said.
"And what I responded to is that I do not believe that we should be characterizing Hitler as a nationalist.
"He was a homicidal, psychopathic maniac that killed his own people.
"A nationalist would not kill their own people."
Owens described Lieu's presentation of the clip as "unbelievably dishonest" and criticized him for not allowing her to respond.
According to Western Journal, Owens was visibly agitated by the insinuations Lieu had lodged against her — of supporting white nationalism and anti-Semitism.
But the congressman only sat with a smug look on his face and hands steepled together as the woman he attempted to smear fought back with a vehemence not typically seen in the setting of congressional hearings.
Candace Owens was absolutely in the right to call out Lieu for his deliberate effort at mischaracterizing her prior remarks as a way to discredit and disparage her.
Moreover, she should be commended for not only righteously ripping him over that transparent attempt, but also for calling out the chairman for not listening to her and misquoting what she had said when he unjustly interrupted her.
Other witnesses at the hearing included representatives from Facebook, Google, the Equal Justice Society, the Zionist Organization of America and the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.