Boulder GOP Keynote Speaker Candace Owens: “Hitler just wanted to make Germany great”

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The day before she is scheduled to headline the Boulder County GOP annual dinner, video has surfaced of conservative media personality Candace Owens of Turning Point USA saying “Hitler just wanted to make Germany great.”

Owens is a regular speaker at Colorado Republican events. 2019 marks her second consecutive year headlining the Boulder County GOP dinner. She also made three appearances, along with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, at College Republican events at CSU Fort Collins, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and CU Boulder last year.

Speaking in London last December at the launch of Turning Point UK, Owens responded to a question from the audience about the role of nationalism in Western politics:

“I actually don’t have any problems at all with the word ‘nationalism’,” Owens said. “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. The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everyone to be German, everyone to be speaking German, everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism.” Candace Owens at Turning Point UK event, London, Dec. 11, 2018

Owens later released another statement via Periscope, which she began by calling Buzzfeed, which first reported her statement, “scum of the earth.” She then reiterated her explanation that Hitler wasn’t a nationalist because he was “bent on world domination,” adding that he was a “psychotic homicidal maniac.” However she nevertheless concluded by saying “I stand by my statements and that is that.”

Reached for comment, Boulder County GOP Chairwoman Peg Cage said “Candace is pretty bold and she’s her own person,” but declined to comment on Owens’ specific statement without having reviewed the video and news reports first. A follow-up request for comment after having provided the video was not returned.

The Boulder County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner takes place tomorrow evening, February 9th, at the Embassy Suites in Boulder.

20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    Honestly, the best part of this is that the questioner never mentioned Hitler.  She pulled him out all on her own.

    Questioner: "Hi Candace, what do you think about McDonald's bringing back the McRib?"

    Candace: I think it's exactly like Hitler's approach to Anschluss with Austria, really.

  2. Genghis says:

    So then, Hitler would have been A-OK had he limited himself to Making Germany Great Again by mass-murdering only the German Jews, but when he branched out into mass-murdering non-German Jews he became a "globalist" and therefore bad?

  3. MADCO says:

    Why is this news?

    I mean it's bad and she's dumb – but the headline can't be "Dumb Person to SPeak to GOP"

  4. davebarnes says:

    So stupid that she does not realize that her skin color does not fit Hitler's ideal of Aryan purity.

  5. mamajama55 says:

    It's news because she is  normalizing fascism. Owens wants to celebrate the "national" in "national socialism", disparage the "socialism",  and totally ignore the Nazis' genocidal racism. Whenever anyone distorts history as much as she does, speaking to an apparently mainstream organization like the Boulder GOP, it's very dangerous, and we damn well better call it out and make it news.

    • Voyageur says:

      To quibble, she is normalizing nazism, not fascism. The Italian fascist movement included prominent jews in it's nationalist stew.  Jew hatred was added by Hitler — with a big assist from Henry Ford .

    • MADCO says:


      How does 'nationalism' differ from "patriotism?"

      If there is no racial component.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        An aphoristic answer from Charles DeGaulle: 

        Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.

        Another approach —  nationalism is based on a sense of the nation based in "blood and soil."  Patriotism can be based on allegiance to ideals.

        And one last approach — what the good guys have is "patriotism" and the bad guys have nationalism.  And Frank Capra can direct a series of films to explain that difference is Why We Fight.

        • MADCO says:

          If your saving or counting – keep this one.

          DeGaulle can, of course va te faire foutre
          Not because he's wrong about that – it's cute. I know the difference. Its not that- it's not blood and soil

          "…swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies…"
          Sure, Capra had it down. Flipping immigrant.

          So the problem, g-dmmit is Owens and her flavor of R followers adhere to the wrong allegiance (s).
          The era of big government is irrelevant – government is the place where we the people come together and no one gets left behind and be an instrument of good like we won WWII – defeating the Nazis just trying to make Germany great again. Freeing the slaves, and passing civil rights and the voting act and Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and so on.
          Also, baseball and high art, like Capra movies.

          we could have had the Trump economy anytome Congress wanted to give us trillion dollar plus deficits.  Now we pay it down – just like we did int he 50's and 60's.  We need higher taxes on the top  5 or 6.5%.
          We need tax reduction on the bottom 20 or 30%.  All taxes – no income tax, no payroll tax. We need a thousand other things – and not one of them aligns with Owens's narrow prosperity ideology.

  6. JohnInDenver says:

    Should you want further coverage of Ms. Candace Owens, there is an article in the "Conservatism Conserved" site The Bulwark:  The Trouble With Candace Owens by Cathy Young

    It goes into details:

    Is Owens sincere about her new beliefs? Or is she a fraud whose accidental alliance with opportunistic friends on the far right led her to discover a bigger and better scam? Obviously, no one can answer that question without mind-reading—though the examples of her dishonesty are plenty

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