Every time I think Turning Point – and their ilk – have hit rock bottom, a mudslide of their own making carries them further down that oh so slippery slope. Today, a video showing Candace Owens supposedly justifying Hitler’s version of Nationalism went viral. We should all be glad that it did go viral thanks to outrage because if there ever comes a time when such things do not elicit a response conservatism will be dead.
The quote from Owens that has rocked the Twitterverse today shows a profound misunderstanding of Nazi Germany and the events leading up to World War II: “But if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany.” Owens forgets that Hitler created a climate of hate and distrust of Jews well before Germany’s march into Poland.
Perhaps the greatest example of this is Kristallnacht, literally “Night of Crystal.” The night of November 9, 1938, German Nazis torched synagogues, schools, homes, and businesses that belonged to Jews. More than that, almost 100 Jews were killed in this horrific event that took place across Germany and annexed Austria. Additionally, 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and forced into concentration camps. Just days before, Polish Jews were forced out of the country by the Nazis. This all occurred 10 months prior to the start of WWII (September 1, 1939), before the Nazi’s “dreams outside of Germany” were ever carried out.
But it goes back even further. In May of 1933, members of the Nazi party burned books authored by Jews they labeled as “un-German.” In 1935, German law decreed that Aryans were the only ones who could have full citizenship in Germany, and marriages between Jews and Aryans were outlawed. Clearly there was an anti-semitic culture in Germany festering much longer than Owens surmises.
For Owens to declare that Hitler’s type of nationalism was “OK” is deeply disturbing. It worries me that so many young conservatives are looking up to these fools as intellectual champions when even a cursory examination shows they are anything but. Charlie Kirk is not innocent in this case either. He can be seen standing next to Owens during her entire tirade bobbing his head along in agreement. Owens has since doubled down, saying, “I stand by my statements,” while using the old strategy of claiming it’s the media’s fault for misinterpreting her words. You would think someone who once held the title of Communications Director would be a bit better at conveying her meaning.
In their quest to own every lib on earth, Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens, and their various colleagues have ousted themselves as grifters of the highest degree. Turning Point’s defense will undoubtedly be hollow and deflecting, while Owens seems perfectly happy riding the mudslide:
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