Conservative activist Candace Owens will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week during a hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism.
Owens, who currently serves as the 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 per The Hill.
“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 made headlines after New Zealand gunman Brenton Tarrant cited Owens as an inspiration for the shootings in a 74-page manifesto.
“Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” Tarrant wrote in an answer to the question, “Is there a particular person that radicalized you the most?”
“Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness,” he continued. “Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for me are too much, even for my tastes.”
Owens tried hard to distance herself from the attack and responded to the reports via Twitter.
“LOL! FACT: I’ve never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam,” she wrote. “The Left pretending I inspired a mosque massacre in…New Zealand because I believe black America can do it without government hand outs is the reachiest reach of all reaches!! LOL!”