Conservative pundit and speaker Candace Owens has responded to criticism of recently unearthed remarks she made late last year commenting on Hitler while defending the term nationalism.
A clip of her answer posted to Twitter has been viewed more than two million times. Many on social media have criticized a portion of her answer in which Owens comments, “if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay fine.”
On Friday, Owens dismissed the controversy and blamed “Leftist journalists” for mischaracterizing her comments.
Hitler was “a homicidal, psychotic maniac” and there is “no excuse or defense ever for … everything that he did,” she clarified.
Her comments were meant to show that Hitler was not a nationalist, she said. Hitler did not put Germans first; he “was putting German Jews into concentration camps and murdering — he was a mass murderer,” she said.
She dismissed critics who said her comments meant that Hitler could have been great if he had just focused on Germany: “No, I’m saying Hitler wasn’t a nationalist.”
Owens faced a flurry of criticism on social media for the comments, including a spat with Chelsea Clinton on Twitter.
Owens’ comments were made at a conservative event in London on Dec. 11, according to a recording of the event posted to YouTube by Brightspark Media.
In the comments, Owens answered an audience member who asked for a “longterm prognosis” about the terms “globalism” and “nationalism.”
Owens embraced the term nationalism; claiming the definition gets “poisoned” by proponents of globalism.