Candace Owens, leader of the #Blexit movement — black exit from the Democratic Party — and member of the conservative student group Turning Point USA, has emerged as a firebrand on the right in the incessant battle against the level over narratives and power and political control of the people.
As such, she was invited by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to speak at a hearing Tuesday regarding hate crimes and white nationalism, and got into quite a verbal brawl with two Democrats on the committee, California Rep. Ted Lieu and committee chair Jerry Nadler, according to the Washington Examiner.
Lieu, who admitted that he didn’t know Owens, nevertheless attempted to discredit her by playing an out-of-context clip of her speaking at an event in December — which was framed as if she were expressing admiration and support for Nazi Germany’s dictator, Adolf Hitler. Lieu did not give Owens a chance to respond to his playing of the clip or the assertion by another witness that Owens’ words fed into the growth of white nationalism.
However, Owens would have none of that, and when the next Republican on the committee — Pennsylvania Rep. Guy Reschenthaler — got a chance to ask questions, he provided his time to Owens for the chance to respond, which she proceeded to do, only to be cut off by Nadler almost instantly.
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“I think it is pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety,” Owens said. “He purposely presented an extracted clip.”
Owens was stopped from finishing her statement by the banging of Nadler’s gavel. The chairman said, “The witness will suspend for a moment. It is not proper to refer disparagingly to a member of the committee. The witness will not do that again. The witness may continue.”
“Sure, even though I was called ‘despicable,'” Owens replied. Nadler immediately interjected yet again, and said, “The witness may not refer to a member of the committee as stupid.”
Owens shot back at Nadler, “I didn’t refer to him as stupid, that’s not what I said. That’s not what I said at all. You didn’t listen to what I said.” Nadler simply shrugged and allowed Owens to continue.
“As I said, he is assuming that black people will not go pursue the full two-hour clip, and he purposefully extracted — he cut off, and you didn’t hear the question that was asked of me,” Owens explained.
“He’s trying to present as if I was launching a defense of Hitler in Germany, when in fact, the question that was asked of me was pertaining to whether or not I believed that Hitler — whether or not I believed in nationalism, and that nationalism was bad,” she continued.
“And what I responded to was that I do not believe that we should be characterizing Hitler as a nationalist. He was a homicidal, psychopathic maniac that killed his own people. A nationalist would not kill their own people,” Owens said. “That is exactly what I was referring to in the clip and he purposely wanted to give you a cut-up, similar to what they do to Donald Trump to create a different narrative.”
“That was unbelievably dishonest, and he did not allow me to respond to it, which is worrisome and should tell you a lot about where people are today in terms of trying to drum up narratives,” she said in direct reference to Lieu.
“By the way, I would also like to add that I work for Prager University, which is run by an Orthodox Jew, not a single Democrat showed up for the embassy opening in Jerusalem — I sat on a plane for 18 hours to make sure I was there,” Owens said. “I’m deeply offended by the insinuation of revealing that clip without the question that was asked of me.”
Owens was visibly agitated by the insinuations Lieu had lodged against her — of supporting white nationalism and anti-Semitism — but the congressman only sat with a smug look on his face and hands steepled together as the woman he attempted to smear fought back with a vehemence not typically seen in the setting of congressional hearings.
Candace Owens was absolutely in the right to call out Lieu for his deliberate effort at mischaracterizing her prior remarks as a way to discredit and disparage her. Moreover, she should be commended for not only righteously ripping him over that transparent attempt, but also for calling out the chairman for not listening to her and misquoting what she had said when he unjustly interrupted her.
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