Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) criticized the Republican party’s choice to send Candace Owens to testify at a House Judiciary hearing on the threat of white nationalism – and used her own words to back it up.
“Of all the people that Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens,” Lieu said. “I’m going to let her do the talking. I’m going to play for you the first 30 seconds of a statement she made about Adolf Hitler.”
Lieu then played a clip of an interview from February, in which Owens made questionable comments about Adolf Hitler “making Germany great.”
“When we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler,” Owens said. “He was a national socialist. If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay, fine.”
Oh man. Rep. Ted Lieu now playing a tape of Candace Owens, who is sitting right there, saying it would have been fine if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great. pic.twitter.com/BIIQGOeKPC
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 9, 2019
"If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay fine." https://t.co/CwtLW1NDWg
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 9, 2019
The decision to send Owens as a GOP representative at a congressional hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism was bizarre. In addition to her comments about Hitler, Owens is a right-wing extremist who got a hat tip in the New Zealand shooter’s manifesto.
Republicans invited someone who defended Adolf Hitler to a congressional hearing about white supremacy.
That's all you need to know.#CandaceOwens
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) April 9, 2019
Pretty odd choice for a hearing designed to “examine hate crimes, the impact white nationalist groups have on American communities and the spread of white identity ideology” – and Lieu wasn’t going to let her off the hook.
That time Candace Owens thought it was cool to say "Hitler was OK until he tried to kill Jews outside of Germany" in a small room of racists
That time Ted Lieu brought receipts and played her own insane comments for her in front of the whole goddamn world. pic.twitter.com/7roODEqZYz
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 9, 2019
GOP spokesperson Candace Owens:
The Southern Strategy never existed.
Hitler was not a nationalist.
Hate crime is not on the rise.
If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay, fine.
Rep. Ted Lieu, if she ever tries to deny saying any of it: pic.twitter.com/dUVJbh8Aya
— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) April 9, 2019
“When people try to legitimize Adolf Hitler, does that feed into white nationalist ideology?” Lieu asked Anti-Defamation League executive Eileen Hershenov.
“It does Mr. Lieu,” she replied. “I know that Mrs. Owens distanced herself from those comments later, but we expressed great concern over the original comments.”
Owens was furious.
Candace Owens: "I think it's pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip…That was unbelievably dishonest…I'm deeply offended by the insinuation of revealing that clip without the question that was asked of me." pic.twitter.com/UioMSZK93d
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 9, 2019
But people couldn’t find the lie.
Remember when Candace Owens said that the only problem with Hitler was that he also wanted to kill Jews in France and Poland, not just Germany?https://t.co/UslVLcv5B1
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) April 9, 2019
Ted Lieu is playing Candace Owens' comments about Hitler to the whole hearing. Background: https://t.co/Ur4kd339ZI
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) April 9, 2019
.@tedlieu to Candace Owens: I HAVE RECEIPTS
He actually played her Hitler statement back to her. pic.twitter.com/KS0AhXSKZ8
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) April 9, 2019
Owens didn’t take well to having her own words played back to her. “It’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu thinks black people are stupid,” she said, before being shut down by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler.