Candace Owens, when asked by an audience member for her opinion on nationalist movements, responded, "When we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler. He was a national socialist," cited by Gizmodo.com.
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) February 8, 2019
"If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine," Owens added, to the consternation of her audience.
"The problem is he wanted, 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," the Connecticut-born online personality continued, adding, "I don't really have an issue with nationalism, I really don't," cited by Alternet.org.
When asked by The Daily Beast to clarify her comments, Owens referred to Hitler as a "homicidal maniacal globalist" and added that her seemingly-supportive response to Nazism was "about why Americans WRONGLY equate the word ‘nationalism' to Hitler."
"My final comment is that Hitler was the scum of the earth," Owens wrote in an email to The Daily Beast, following up with a jab at the media outlet.
"As is the publication you write for," she taunted, cited by Thedailybeast.com.
In a video published on her Twitter account Friday, Owens repudiated "leftist journalists" for misinterpreting her comments.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) February 8, 2019
"No, I'm saying Hitler wasn't a nationalist," she claimed, in spite of earlier having said exactly that.
"He was putting German Jews into concentration camps and murdering — he was a mass murderer," she said in the video.
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