House Democrats held a hearing on the rise of hate crimes in America this week. Conservative activist Candace Owens, who is black, was invited by Republicans to offer a different view.
In an attempt to smear her as a white supremacist, California Democrat Ted Lieu played a clip – completely out of context – of Owens talking about Hitler. What he was implying was obvious. Her response was epic.
FOX News reports:
Candace Owens explodes at Ted Lieu mid-hearing after he plays short clip of her Hitler comments
“In congressional hearings, the minority party gets to select its own witnesses,” Lieu began. “Of all the people the Republicans could’ve selected, they picked 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 produced a cellphone and played a short clip of Owens’ previous remarks at a conference in December, which were widely circulated in February: “I actually don’t have any problem with the word ‘nationalism.’ I think the defintion gets poisoned by elites that want globalism. Globalism is what I don’t want. 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. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everyone to be German. …”
But Owens soon made clear she felt Lieu had intentionally misrepresented her views to drive a false narrative not just against Owens, but also Trump and Republicans in general.
“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 said.
“And what I responded is that I do not believe we should be characterizing Hitler as a nationalist,” Owens said. “He was a homicidal, psychopathic maniac that killed his own people. A nationalist would not kill their own people. … That was unbelievably dishonest, and he did not allow me to respond to it.”
Watch the video below:
That clip has reached a new record.
The Hill reports:
Candace Owens clip becomes most watched C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing
A clip of a confrontation between conservative activist Candace Owens and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has become the most-viewed C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing ever, according to C-SPAN.
“In less than 24 hours, this video is the most watched C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing (4.47 million views),” Jeremy Art, C-SPAN’s social media senior specialist, said on Twitter.
Here’s the tweet:
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
Ted Lieu is a dishonest person. Candace Owens taught him a lesson he shouldn’t forget.