- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2019

Conservative activist Candace Owens has posted a video defending her controversial comments about Adolf Hitler that made her a trending topic on Twitter Friday afternoon.

Ms. Owens, the director of communications at Turning Point USA and founder of Blexit, a movement encouraging black voters to leave the Democratic Party, sparked a social media firestorm after she invoked Hitler in making an argument against globalism in front of a U.K. audience.

“I actually don’t have any problems at all with the word ‘nationalism’,” Ms. Owens said at the December event, which went largely unnoticed until it was reported by BuzzFeed News Friday morning. “I think that the definition gets poisoned by elitists that actually want globalism. Globalism is what I don’t want.

“Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler,” Ms. Owens continued. “He was a national socialist, but if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German, everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism. In thinking about how we could go bad down the line, I don’t really have an issue with nationalism. I really don’t.”

Many media outlets interpreted Ms. Owens‘ comments as saying Hitler’s downfall was his globalism, not his anti-Semitism or penchant for mass murder.

headline from The Daily Beast blared: “Candace Owens: Hitler Was ‘OK’ Until He Tried to Go Global.”

Candace Owens‘ Bonkers Take On Nationalism Includes A Defense Of Hitler,” read a headline from HuffPost.

Ms. Owens responded to the backlash in a video Friday afternoon declaring that she meant everything she said at the December event.

“In my interpretation, or from my understanding, I would make the argument that [Hitler] wasn’t a nationalist,” she said in the video. “He was a homicidal, psychotic maniac who was bent on world domination outside of the confines of Germany. And you wouldn’t say he’s a nationalist because he wasn’t about putting Germans first. There were German Jews that he was putting into camps and murdering.He was a mass murderer. So that’s the argument I was making on stage: This man, by no means, should be considered a nationalist.”

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