Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens testified before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday on hate crimes and white nationalism. Almost immediately, all hell broke loose.
Per The Daily Caller:
During the hearing, Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu said, “Of all the people the Republicans could’ve selected [for the hearing], they pick Candace Owens. I don’t know Miss Owens; I’m not going to characterize her; I’m going to let her own words talk.”
Lieu then held up a cellphone and played a recording of Candace Owens speaking about Adolf Hitler and nationalism, which surfaced online in February.
In the video, Owens can be heard saying, “When 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 then, fine. The problem is, he had dreams outside of Germany.”
Lieu posed a question to Eileen Hershenov, one of the other people testifying to the committee: “When people try to legitimize Adolf Hitler, does that feed into white nationalist ideology?”
After Lieu’s attempted gotcha moment, Pennsylvania Republican Guy Lorin Reschenthaler gave Owens the floor. She didn’t disappoint conservatives:
“I think it’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety,” Owens fired back.
On Twitter, Rep. Lieu received more pointed criticism.
The most charitable explanation of this situation is that @tedlieu is experiencing temporary TDS hysteria and owes @RealCandaceO the world’s biggest apology. The less charitable explanation is almost beyond comprehension. https://t.co/u9GrjCYZB0
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) April 9, 2019
Lieu knew exactly what he was doing and he’s banking on his base doing what they do best, keeping their heads in the sand while being drip fed approved content.
— _Fruhmann_ (@_Fruhmann_) April 9, 2019
The “less charitable explanation” is what is true. Ted Lieu took words out of context in an attempt to smear a black woman with whom he disagrees ideologically. He did this during a House hearing in an attempt to destroy her credibility before she could speak. He’s garbage.
— Ken Heaston (@KenHeaston) April 9, 2019