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Strong Response to Democrats from Candace Owens at House Judiciary Hearing on Rise of White Nationalism

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WASHINGTON – April 10, 2019

Turning Point USA’s Communications Director, Candace Owens, obliterated the smug left in her unbelievably powerful opening statement at the recent House judiciary hearing on the rise of white nationalism.

The conservative commentator told lawmakers that the country needs to talk more about what she called harassment of conservatives of color. "We're not talking enough about political hatred in this country," she said. In addition to being Turning Point’s communications director, Owens, who is black, is a frequent public speaker and an active supporter of President Trump and has been trying to persuade African Americans to leave the Democratic Party. She complained to lawmakers about a "double standard" that she says allows criticism of black conservatives, Christians and Jews. "We need to condemn all types of hate speech," she said.

The House Judiciary hearing was planned to "examine hate crimes, the impact white nationalist groups have on American communities and the spread of white identity ideology," according to a description of the event.

The panel's hearing came after a number of mass shootings in recent months were carried out by alleged white supremacists, including a shooting at a Pittsburgh-area synagogue that killed 11 Jewish congregants and two mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 worshippers last month.

Owens accused Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) of having an "anti-black bias" in his opening remarks: "My biography, which I submitted, you reduced it to one sentence, calling me just a conservative activist and it wasn't what I said or what I submitted to your office last night. I just think that you opened with anti-black bias and I see it coming from the chairman today," Owens said.

"The goal here is to scare blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims, helping [Democrats] censor dissenting opinions … helping them regain control," Owens said at the hearing.

"White supremacy, racism, white nationalism, words that once held real meaning, have now become nothing more than election strategies," she claimed.

"We’re hearing [terms like 'white nationalism'] sent around today because what they want to say is that brown people want to be scared, which seems to be the narrative that we hear every four years ahead of a presidential election," she said during her opening remarks.

California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu pulled out his smartphone and played a clip of Owens making some controversial comments about Adolph Hitler.

"In congressional hearings, the minority party gets to select its own witnesses. And of all the people Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens," Lieu said during the Tuesday hearing.

"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 said.

In the clip, Owens explains that she thinks the word "nationalism" has been "poisoned" by "elitists that actually want globalism" and who conflate the word with Hitler's Nazi agenda.

"You know, he was a National Socialist, but if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay fine," she said. "The problem is he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everybody to be German."

Lieu did not ask Owens to respond, but rather asked another panel member, Eileen Hershenov from the Anti-Defamation League, "When people try to legitimize Adolph Hitler, does that feed 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."

"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 Tuesday when she did get a chance to respond. "He purposely presented an extracted clip."

Her response prompted a rebuke from Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, (D-NY), who mistakenly thought she had called Lieu "stupid."

“Witness may not refer to a member of a committee as ‘stupid,’” Nadler interrupted Owens.

"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," Owens answered, prompting a shrug from Nadler.

Owens then continued, saying Lieu was "trying to present as if I was launching a defense of Hitler in Germany when, in fact," she was trying to say that Hitler should not be characterized as a nationalist.

"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.

She said that Lieu playing the clip was “unbelievably dishonest,” and that she was “deeply offended by the insinuation of revealing that clip without the question that was asked of me.”

Read Owens’ full opening statement:

CANDACE OWENS, TURNING POINT USA: “Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Mr. Collins thank you for having me here today. I received word on my way in that many of the journalist were confused as to why I was invited and none of them knew that I am myself was a victim of a hate crime when I was in high school. That is something that very few people know about me because the media and the journalists on the left are not interested in telling the truth about me because I don't fit the stereotype of what they like to see in black people. I am a Democrat. I support the President of the United States and I advocate for things that are actually affecting the black community.

I am honored to be here today in front of you all because the person sitting behind me is my 75-year-old grandfather. I have always considered myself to be my grandfather's child and I mean to say that my sense of humor, my passion and my work ethic all comes from the man that is sitting behind me.

My grandfather grew up on a sharecropping farm in the segregated South. He grew up in an America where words like racism and white nationalism held real meaning under the Democratic Party's Jim Crow laws. My grandfather's first job was given to him at the age of five years old and his job was to lay tobacco out to dry in an attic in the South. My grandfather has picked cotton and he has also had experiences with the Democrat terrorist organization of that time, the Ku Klux Klan. They would regularly visit his home and they would shoot bullets into it. They had an issue with his father, my great-grandfather.

During my formative years I have the privilege of growing up in my grandfather's home. It is going to shock the committee but not once, not in a single breath of a conversation did my grandfather and tell me that I could not do something because of my skin color. Not once did my grandfather hold a gripe against the white man. I was simply never taught to view myself as a victim because of my heritage. I learned about faith in God, family and hard work. Those were the only lessons of my childhood.

There isn't a single adult today that in good conscience would make the argument that America is a more racist, more white nationalist society than it was when my grandfather was growing up and yet we are hearing these terms center around today because what they want to say is that brown people need to be scared which seems to be the narrative that we hear every four years right ahead of a presidential election.

Here are some things we never hear. 75 percent of the black boys in California don't meet state reading standards. In inner cities like Baltimore within five high schools and one middle school not a single student was found to be proficient in math or reading in 2016. The single motherhood rate in the black community which is at 23 percent in the 1960s when my grandfather was coming out is at a staggering 74 percent today. I am guessing there will be no committee hearings about that. There are more black babies aborted than born alive in cities like New York and you have Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo lighting of buildings to celebrate late-term abortions. I could go on and on. My point is that white nationalism does not do any of those things that I just brought up. Democrat policies did. Let me be clear the hearing today is not about white nationalism or hate crimes, it is about fear mongering, power and control. It is a preview of a Democrat 2020 election strategy the same as the Democrat 2016 election strategy. They blame Facebook. They blame Google. They blame Twitter. Really, they blame the birth of social media which has disrupted their monopoly on minds. They called this hearing because they believe that if it wasn't for social media voices like mine would never exist, then my movement Blexit which is inspiring lack of Americans to lead--to leave the Democrat party would have never come about and they certainly believe that Donald Trump would not be in office today.

Looking on the next thing to focus on now that the Russian collusion hoax has fallen apart. What they won't tell you about this statistics and the rise of white nationalism is that they have simply change the data set points by widening the definition of hate crimes and upping the number of reporting agencies that are able to report on them. What I mean to say is that they are manipulating statistics.

The goal here is to scare Blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims into helping them censor dissenting opinions ultimately to helping them regain control of our countries narrative which they feel that they lost. They feel that President Donald Trump should not have beat Hillary. If they actually were concerned about white nationalism, they would be holding hearings on Antifa - a far left violent white gang to determine one day in Philadelphia in August that I come a black woman was not fit to sit in a restaurant. They chased me out, they yield race traitor to a group of black and Hispanic police officers who formed a line to protect me from their ongoing assaults. They threw water at me. They threw eggs at me and the leftist media remain silent on it.

If they were serious about the rise of hate crimes they may haps examining themselves and the hate they have drummed up in this country. Bottom line is that white supremacy, racism, white nationalism, words that once held real meaning have now become nothing more than election strategies every four years the black communities offered handouts in fear, handouts and fear. Reparations and white nationalism. This is the Democrat preview. Of course society is not perfectible. We have heard testimony of that today. There are pockets of evil that exist in those things are horrible and they should be condemned. But I believe the legacy of the ancestry of black Americans is being insulted every single day. I will not pretend to be a victim in this country. I know that that makes many people on the left uncomfortable. I want to talk about real issues in black America theater want to talk about real issues in this country, real concerns.

The biggest scandal--this is my last sentence--in American politics is that Democrats have been conning minorities into the belief that we are perpetual victims all but ensuring our failure. Racial division and class warfare are central to the Democrat party platform. They need Blacks to hate whites, the rich to hate the poor. Soon enough it will be the tall hating the short.”

Author: USA Really