Conservative commentator and activist Candace Owens has taken a swipe at Representative Ilhan Omar’s criticism of the most recent surge in violence within the Gaza Strip.
A ceasefire agreement has been reached between Palestinians and Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered strikes on Gaza after fighters in the enclave fired rockets into southern Israel.
The violence led to the deaths of at least 25 Palestinians and four Israelis, al Jazeera reported. In the wake of the violence, the Somali-born Minnesota representative directed her anger at Israel.
Candace Owens arrives earlier than testifying throughout a House Judiciary Committee listening to discussing hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism on Capitol Hill on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. She has taken a swipe at Rep. Ilhan Omar’s criticism of Israel over the current violence in Gaza. Zach Gibson/Getty Images
She wrote: “How many extra protesters have to be shot, rockets have to be fired, and little children have to be killed till the countless cycle of violence ends?
“The established order of occupation and humanitarian disaster in Gaza is unsustainable. Only actual justice can result in safety and lasting peace.”
Owens took exception to this, and retweeted the Congresswoman’s message, with a direct remark to Omar and the Democrats.
In her defense, supporting terrorists in the Middle East seems to me to be the next logical step for a party that defends MS-13, demands open borders, and hates Jewish people and babies.
Separately, how funny if Trump just deported her? https://t.co/v0GDNB2Evq
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 6, 2019
“The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.”
Owens took exception to this, and retweeted the Congresswoman’s message, with a direct comment to Omar and the Democrats.
She tweeted: “In her defense, supporting terrorists in the Middle East seems to me to be the next logical step for a party that defends MS-13, demands open borders, and hates Jewish people and babies.”
She then added: “Separately, how funny if Trump just deported her?” Newsweek has contacted Omar’s communications director for comment.
While she accused Omar of anti-Semitism, Owens has herself been accused of legitimizing Adolf Hitler.
“If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine,” she said in a video that was played at the House Judiciary Committee. Owens says her comments were taken out of context and that she condemned the Nazi leader.
Omar’s tweet on Monday also raised the ire of Trump’s son, Donald Trump Junior who said that it was “deeply troubling that we’ve reached the point where no one is shocked when sitting members of congress, like @IlhanMN & @RashidaTlaib, side with Hamas terrorists over Israel.”
“By remaining silent, democrat leadership & presidential candidates are endorsing this insanity,” he added.
One of the few Muslims in Congress, Omar says she has been the victim of death threats which she says have increased ever since President Donald Trump tweeted a video of her speaking of a rise in Islamophobia after the 9/11 attacks, next to images of the burning twin towers. Trump has also described Omar as “out of control”.
The threat directed at her led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce last month new security measures to safeguard her, the BBC reported.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Omar described herself as Trump’s “biggest nemesis.”
“He clearly has a disdain for black women who see themselves as equal to him. And so, for many people, it’s not a surprise that he finds his biggest nemesis in me,” Omar said.
Owens said she still plans to appear at future Turning Point conferences and to chair the organization’s annual Black Leadership Summit. But she said she no longer has the time to be communications director for the group. Owens said that, going forward, she wants to pour her energy into her dream of moving black voters away from the Democratic party. Owens is a key figure in the “Blexit” movement, which seeks to convince more black voters to join the Republican party. In her Instagram post on May 1, Owens said she wants to “wake up black America” She wrote,
“My dream has always been simple— to wake up black America—To turn the lights on within a community that has been used and abused by the Democrat party for decades. No one believed my dream was possible. Charlie always knew it was. Can we move the black vote 20 point by 2020? That is my vision and I want to pour every single minute into making my dream a reality. With the #BLEXIT movement, the Candace Owens podcast, and my upcoming book— I no longer feel I can be a dedicated communications director to an organization that is rightfully growing rapidly.”
Owens also pointed out that Turning Point, with its focus on college students, doesn’t always reach black Americans. She wrote,
“We love our freedom-fighting students. We love our campus clashes. I have loved every single minute of traveling the country and learning the real spirit of this amazing nation. But the sad truth is that the majority of black Americans don’t never make it to college.”
Owens is a prominent conservative figure, but once upon a time she was a liberal. In 2015, Owens left a job in finance to start a left-leaning blog called Degree 180. The blog denounced the Tea Party Movement and then-candidate Donald Trump; it also included essays on personal development and other non-political issues.
But Owens says that she had her ‘red pill’ awakening around 2016, when she founded Social Autopsy and encountered push-back from liberals. The story of what, exactly, happened there — and who, exactly, was trying to stop Social Autopsy — is complex. You can read more about that here.
In regular speaking engagements and rallies she has championed the “Blexit” movement aimed at winning over black voters to the Republican Party. She received a rapturous reception at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Committee and was praised by President Trump himself.
Owens issued a more formal statement in response the shooting overall on Friday.
“What happened last night in Christchurch, New Zealand is a tragedy and I echo the sentiment of all Americans, in wishing love and healing for all those impacted,” she said. “That said, any insinuation that black conservatism in the United States has somehow inspired radical Islamophobic white supremacy terror overseas is pointedly absurd. People on both sides of the political aisle–especially the victims–deserve a more honest conversation.”