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Candace Owens clip becomes most watched C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing

The Hill logo The Hill 4/10/2019 Zack Budryk
Ted Lieu wearing a suit and tie: Candace Owens clip becomes most watched C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing © Greg Nash Candace Owens clip becomes most watched C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing A clip of a confrontation between conservative activist Candace Owens and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has become the most-viewed C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing ever, according to C-SPAN.

"In less than 24 hours, this video is the most watched C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing (4.47 million views)," Jeremy Art, C-SPAN's social media senior specialist, said on Twitter.

During the exchange, Lieu questioned the appropriateness of Owens's presence at the hearing, playing a clip of her from December discussing the difference between "nationalism" and "globalism" using Adolf Hitler as an example.

"If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well - OK, fine," she said, and suggested that the Nazi leader erred in trying to expand beyond Germany.

Owens responded by accusing Lieu of believing "that black people are stupid" and accusing him of not playing the "full clip," prompting House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to cut her off and warning her not to "refer disparagingly" to a member of the committee.

Art noted that the clip of Owens's exchange with Lieu was 5 million views short of the network's most-watched overall video from a House hearing, which was a clip of Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) telling Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that she was "shocked" DeVos could "not come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students" in 2017.

The Owens-Lieu clash comes almost two weeks after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) recorded the previous record for most-watched C-SPAN Twitter video, registering 3.2 million views on Mar. 28, according to C-SPAN. Schiff's generated interest after a fiery speech defending his claims of Russian collusion when Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee called for him to step down as chairman.

The record for Senate clips is Sen. Kamala Harris's (D-Calif.) questioning of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which was viewed 7.14 million times.

Updated at 2:47 p.m.

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