Candace Owens Says Congressional Hearing on White Nationalism Should Focus on Antifa Instead

Candace Owens Says Congressional Hearing on White Nationalism Should Focus on Antifa Instead

Weeks after a white supremacist killed dozens of Muslim worshipers after opening fire on two New Zealand mosques, Turning Point USA communications director and right-wing grifter Candace Owens told the House Judiciary Committee that their hearing on the rise of white nationalism should actually be focused on anti-fascist groups because they once tossed water and eggs at her.

Last month, following the horrific Christchurch massacre, the judiciary committee announced it would be holding a hearing on white nationalism and the prevalence of hate speech that surrounds the movement. According to FBI data, there are currently about 900 open investigations of domestic terrorism. As The Daily Beast reported, domestic terrorism “is an umbrella category that includes far more than just far-right terrorism but functions as the most granular data available to indicate how federal law enforcement targets white supremacist violence.”

Owens, a rising black conservative media star who months ago said Hitler would have been “OK” if he had just kept his activities in Germany, used her appearance to push the canard that liberals are the real racists, white nationalism is just a myth, and Democrats are just using fear of white supremacy as an election strategy because they can’t use Russian collusion anymore.

At one point during her remarks before the committee, Owens reference an incident last summer in which anti-fascist protesters confronted her and TPUSA leader Charlie Kirk at an outdoor cafe in Philadelphia. The confrontation became a cause celebre on the right as Kirk had water dumped on him. Owens, meanwhile, tweeted out videos from the encounter of her saying how it was “bizarre” that the mostly white protesters would paint her and black police officers as racist.

After claiming that the rise of white nationalist-related crimes is due solely to manipulation of data by Democrats to scare blacks and Hispanics and keep them from leaving the party, Owens then said that “if they were actually concerned about white nationalism they would be holding hearings on Antifa.”

“A far-left violent white gang that determined, one day in Philadelphia last August, that I, a black woman, was not fit to sit in a restaurant,” she continued. “They chased me out. They yelled ‘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 remained silent on it.”

Again, it should be pointed out that Owens and Kirk got a LOT of coverage over that incident last year, including from the so-called “leftist media.”

It didn’t take long for folks on Twitter to roll their eyes and shake their heads at Owens using the hearing to push the well-worn talking points that have made her a favorite of Fox News opinion hosts and far-right websites.

Watch full hearing above, via House Judiciary Committee (Owens begins speaking roughly an hour into the livestream).

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.