Candace Owens to testify in congressional hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism

Candace Owens, a popular African-American conservative activist, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week during a hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism.

Owens, communications director for Talking Point USA, will join Eileen Hershenov, the senior vice president for policy at the Anti-Defamation League; Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society; and Neil Potts, public policy director of Facebook, among others for the hearing Tuesday.

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“This hearing will examine hate crimes, the impact white nationalist groups have on American communities and the spread of white identity ideology. The hearing will also foster ideas about what social media companies can do to stem white nationalist propaganda and hate speech online,” the committee said in a statement.

Owens rose to national prominence by garnering a large social media following, promoting her idea that the Democratic Party takes black voters for granted and that they should leave the party in a “Blexit,” a play on words of Brexit.

She has increasingly found herself in the Republican mainstream, appearing in February at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE as well as a string of Republican senators and administration officials also spoke.

Owens drew criticism online in February when she said it would have been “OK” if Adolf Hitler wanted to keep his activities to Germany.

“If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well — OK, fine,” she said after she was asked about the word “nationalism.”

“The problem is he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everybody to be German,” she said.

Owens took to Twitter to defend her comments, saying “Nationalism is sort of conflated with, for some reason, Hitler. …That’s really, really wrong and we have to almost correct the record on that.”