Candace Owens believe that it would have been “fine” if Adolf Hitler “just wanted to make Germany great” and that the problem was that he was too ambitious with “dreams outside Germany.“
The pro-Trump pundit made her comments during the London launch of conservative organization Turning Point in December.
Owen’s comments about Hitler in Germany came after she was asked about “nationalism” in Western politics at the closed-door event.
“I actually don’t have any problems at all with the word ‘nationalism’,” Owens said in comments first published by Buzzfeed. “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.” “He was a national socialist, but if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine.“
Here is video of Candace Owens' full answer on nationalism and Hitler pic.twitter.com/NfBvoH8vQg
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“The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalise. He wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German. Everybody to look a different way,” she said. “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.”
She responded to the backlash with her own video on Friday, blaming “Leftist journalists” for mischaracterizing her comments.
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.
“No, I’m saying Hitler wasn’t a nationalist.”