There’s something about Candace Owens that leftists seem to despise.
The young African-American communications director of Turning Point USA is a conservative and proud supporter of President Donald Trump — and she recently earned the praise of rapper Kanye West over the weekend.
Owens often speaks of the importance of having a “victor mentality,” not a “victim mentality” as a minority in America, and was attacked by many on Twitter after West’s shoutout. One of these hateful messages came from actor Tom Arnold in a now-deleted tweet. In it, he wrote, “That’s a lot of extra words @RealCandaceO so you can suck racist d*** by trying to insult an actual hero @ShaunKing hahahaha. #MAGA”
That angry message came in response to this tweet from Owens:
When @PerezHilton @TomArnold and @ShaunKing, 3 white men, rush to viciously attack the freedom of two black people who refuse to be pawns to a leftist ideology—it should ring as a wake up call to the world about who the real racists are.
None of you white men own my blackness.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 22, 2018
On Monday night’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham discussed the notion of left-wing hate directed at right-wing ideas from minorities with Fox News contributor Kevin Jackson and former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer Michael Starr Hopkins.
Hopkins was unhappy with both West and Owens.
“Kanye West — the reason why people are laughing at him is because of the intellectual dishonesty here,” he said. “When Kanye West said George W. Bush didn’t care about black people, conservatives were in an outrage. Now that he said that he loves Trump, now he’s conservatives’ love child.”
“When it comes to Candace, my problem is she wants to rewrite history,” Hopkins added. “She wants to ignore the leaders who got us where we are today and walk all over the civil rights icons that allow her now to say whatever she wants.”
Ingraham said she appreciated the positivity of Owens’ message — and that Hopkins’ attack on her was not warranted.
“A black conservative gets up and says, ‘Think for yourself,’ and she might as well be Hitler to these people,” she said.
Jackson also responded to Hopkins’ statement and praised the diversity of thought both West and Owens used.
“George Bush was a very different person [from Trump],” he said. “Kanye West can have an opinion that differs on a different person, and those can change over time like anyone else.”
“Candace has an opinion that most blacks in America agree with: We are individuals, we are not monolithic,” he added. “We don’t vote Democrat every time because that’s what people like you are all about. I’ll come off this segment and there will be more white people calling me a race traitor than criticism I’ll get from blacks because I don’t want to toe the line.”
Jackson also said he believes the Republican Party will continue to increase its ranks in the midterms and in 2020, to which Hopkins responded by saying President Trump has done nothing to help African-Americans.
Ingraham noted African-American unemployment in the United States is at its all-time low this year (6.8 percent, according to NPR).
“People have more economic opportunity today because of what he’s done,” Ingraham said. “That will do more to lift people out of poverty and give them opportunity than anyone.”
Before the segment ended, Hopkins told Jackson, who is also African-American, “People like you are being used by Donald Trump.” In doing so, he proved a key point Ingraham and Jackson had discussed: the Left’s intolerance when it comes to nonwhites on the right.
“People like you are being used by Donald Trump.”
Among every race in the United States, there are people with opposing political views. But when some groups acknowledge ideas the Left doesn’t think they should have based on their skin color — it seems that bullies emerge in an attempt to silence them.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.
(photo credit, homepage image: Tom Arnold, CC BY-SA 3.0, by David Shankbone / Candace Owens…, CC BY-SA 2.0, by Gage Skidmore; photo credit, article image: Tom Arnold NOLA, CC BY 2.0, by Mark Gstohl / Candace Owens, CC BY-SA 2.0, by Gage Skidmore)