Owens’s rationalizations were met with derision.
At least one person pointed out the antisemitic implications of the word “globalist,” highlighting a rather ironic bent in Owens’s response.
Nationalism as practiced by Hitler and American nationalists is all about ethnic purity and reducing or eliminating the rights of those declared to be "undesirable". Hitler opened the first concentration camp in 1933, long before his supposed "globalism."
— richard_thunderbay (@thunderbay63) February 8, 2019
Of course Hitler was a nationalist. To contend otherwise is pure drivel, that isn’t supported by History. Just admit that you misspoke, and move along. Nationalism, at its heart, is inherently flawed as it is loyalty to the state. Patriotism is something else entirely.
— Michael Hollis (@MichaelHollis89) February 8, 2019
So what you're saying is that if Hitler had only massacred the Jews IN GERMANY, that would be "fine"? I watched the video, you're being disingenuous about how utterly offensive you were. Shame on you. Don't try to gaslight people.
— Jennifer M (@jmal2009) February 8, 2019
President Donald Trump has often characterized his approach to the American economy as a rebuke against globalism. In October, he attacked “globalists” who he said are working with foreign countries to “cheat” American workers.
“They’re called globalists. I like the globe too, but we have to take care of our people,” he said at the time.
Just moments after Trump calls for unity at a WH event, he references "globalists," prompting several audience members shout "Soros" — who was a target of one of the bombs — and others shout "lock him up" to which Trump chuckles, points and repeats "lock him up" pic.twitter.com/IWZR3DRCvk
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) October 26, 2018
Turning Point USA has not responded to requests for comment. Owens is the group’s Director of Communications.