Black Trump supporter Candace Owens denounced by right-wing student activist groups for being too extreme
Student chapters of conservative group Turning Point USA have come out publicly against right wing commentator Candace Owens after her statements about Adolf Hitler
Conservative activist Candace Owens is used to bumping heads with Democrats and non-Trump supporters in general, but it seems now she’s also angering students in three chapters of her own organization.
According to The Daily Beast, several branches of the national campus conservative group Turning Point USA have publicly denounced Owens and demanded she resign from her highly visible communications position with the group.
Turning Point USA chapters at Bowling Green State University, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Nebraska Omaha, have all released a statement claiming the group’s leaders has ignored concerns about Owens.
“It seems that controversy has always surrounded Candace Owens,” the statement reads. “We have seen many hard working [sic] activists and chapters across the United States dissociate with Turning Point USA simply because they can’t align themselves with the rhetoric and statements that have come out.”
The incident that has specifically angered the students are the strange comments Owens made about Adolf Hitler in a 2018 speech that were revealed in earlier this month.
“Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler,” Owens said at a Turning Point meeting in Europe last year. “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 everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German. Everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism.”
Owens has since come forward to clarify that she wasn’t praising Hitler but instead pointing out that Hitler was not a nationalist and was instead a “globalist,” something the far-right advocates don’t believe in.
— Matt Sebastian (@mattsebastian) February 22, 2019