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Candace Owens' Ignorance And Anti-Blackness Was Exposed At A Hearing On White Nationalism

Social media got her all the way outta here.

During a hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday (April 9), Candace Owens and her problematic past comments caught up with her.

The Black conservative speaker testified on white nationalism at the invitation of GOP lawmakers and it backfired (still no clue on why she, out of all people, who is neither a historian or sociologist was selected to speak on white nationalism). The most riveting portion of Owens’ testimony came when Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California played a video of her comments about Adolf Hitler and nationalism.

"Of all the people that Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens," Lieu said in introducing his time. "I don't know Ms. Owens. I'm not going to characterize her. I'm going to let her own words do the talking." He then played 30 seconds of remarks Owens made at a conference in London late last year.

  • "Whenever we say 'nationalism,' the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler," she said. "You know, he was a national socialist, but if Hitler had just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine."

    "The problem is that he wanted — he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize,” she continued. “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. So in thinking about how we could go bad down the line, I don't really have an issue with nationalism. I really don't. I think that it's OK."

  • After playing the video clip of Owens' comments, Lieu turned and asked Eileen Hershenov, senior vice president for policy at the anti-Semitism battling Anti-Defamation League, whether people's attempts to "legitimize" Hitler fed into "white nationalist ideology."

    "It does, Mr. Lieu," Hershenov replied. "I know that Ms. Owens distanced herself from those comments later, but we expressed great concern over the original comments."

    Candace Owens then claimed her comments were taken out of context. Here’s the full context (spoiler, it wasn’t taken out of context):

  • The exchange trended on Twitter. Candace Owens and her ignorance got the ultimate smackdown with some beautiful takes. See what some had to say below.

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