Congress held a hearing on “white nationalism” in the United States on Tuesday, inviting conservative activist Candace Owens to testify on the issue.
There were several tense moments during the hearing, though none were as intense as when Owens accused Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) of thinking black people are stupid, leading to a terse exchange between her and Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)
Lieu surprised everyone when he pulled out his phone and played audio of Owens talking about Hitler, suggesting that she was supportive of the murderous dictator.
“I think it's pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip,” Owens said.
Nadler immediately started pounding his gavel and demanded that Owens not make any disparaging remarks about lawmakers.
“The witness will not do that again,” Nadler says. “The witness may not refer to a member of the committee as stupid.
“I didn’t refer to him at stupid,” Owens shot back. “That’s not what I said. That’s not what I said at all. You didn’t listen to what I said.
Eventually, Owens was able to respond — and boy, did she.
“As I said, he is assuming that black people will not go pursue the full two-hour clip. … He is trying to present as if I was launching a defense of Hitler in Germany.”
Owens argued she was asked whether she believed in “nationalism.”
“I do not believe that we should be characterizing Hitler as a nationalist,” she said. “He was a homicidal, psychopathic maniac that killed his own people. A nationalist would not kill his own people.”
Watch the full clip below:
Ouch. The Democrat is going to feel that one for a while.