Candace Owens Wiki – Candace Owens Biography
Candace Amber Owens Farmer is an American conservative commentator and political activist. She is known for her pro-Trump activism that began around 2016 after being initially very critical of Trump and the Republican Party, and her criticism of Black Lives Matter and of the Democratic Party. She worked for the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA between 2017 and 2019 as their communications director.
GoFundMe has suspended conservative political commentator Candace Owens’s fundraiser for an Alabama cafe whose co-owner criticized the George Floyd protests. Owens also came under fire for controversial comments about Floyd while speaking with Glenn Beck.
Owens raised more than $200,000 for Birmingham’s Parkside Cafe, whose co-owner Michael Dykes said Floyd was a “thug” and protesters were “idiots” in a text message to a co-worker that was posted online. Three employees quit working and people online began boycotting the cafe after Dykes’ comments came out.
Owens also came under fire for controversial comments about Floyd, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
“The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me. George Floyd was not a good person, I don’t care who wants to spin that. I don’t care how CNN wants to make you think he changed his life around,” she said in an interview with Beck. “He was just after his sixth or fifth stint in prison.”
I don’t care WHAT George Floyd did. The officer should have never treated him like that and killed him! But we still must ask: Is he a HERO? BLEXIT founder @RealCandaceO gave her thoughts: “The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me.” pic.twitter.com/0Tm47x5Cc8
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 4, 2020
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29 April 1989 (age 31 years), Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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Stamford High School, University of Rhode Island
Early life and education
Owens was raised in Stamford, Connecticut, by her grandparents, after her parents divorced. She said her paternal grandfather Robert Owens was born in North Carolina. She is a graduate of Stamford High School.
In 2007, while a 17-year-old senior in high school, Owens received three racist death threat voice mail messages, totaling two minutes, that were traced to a car in which the 14-year-old son of then-Mayor Dannel Malloy was present. Joshua Starr, the city’s superintendent of schools, listened to the voicemail messages and said that they were “horrendous.” Owens’ family sued the Stamford Board of Education in federal court, alleging that the city did not protect her rights, resulting in a $37,500 settlement in January 2008.
Owens pursued an undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Rhode Island. She left after her junior year because of an issue with her student loan.
Afterwards, she worked as an intern for Vogue magazine in New York. In 2012, she took a job as an administrative assistant for a private equity firm in Manhattan, New York, later moving up to become its vice president of administration.
In 2015, Owens was CEO of Degree180, a marketing agency that offered consultation, production, and planning services. The website included a blog which frequently posted anti-conservative and anti-Trump content, including mockery of his penis size. In a 2015 column that Owens wrote for the site, she criticized conservative Republicans, writing about the “bat-shit-crazy antics of the Republican Tea Party”, adding, “The good news is, they will eventually die off (peacefully in their sleep, we hope), and then we can get right on with the OBVIOUS social change that needs to happen, IMMEDIATELY.”
Privacy violation, Gamergate, and political transformation
Owens launched SocialAutopsy.com in 2016, a website she said would expose bullies on the Internet by tracking their digital footprint. The site would have solicited users to take screenshots of offensive posts and send them to the website, where they would be categorized by the user’s name. She used crowdfunding on Kickstarter for the website.
The proposal was immediately controversial, drawing criticism that Owens was de-anonymizing (doxing) Internet users and violating their privacy. According to The Daily Dot, “People from all sides of the anti-harassment debate were quick to criticize the database, calling it a public shaming list that would encourage doxing and retaliatory harassment.” Both conservatives and progressives involved in the Gamergate controversy condemned the website.
In response, people began posting Owens’ private details online. Owens blamed, with scant evidence, the doxing on progressives involved in the Gamergate controversy. After this, she earned the support of conservatives involved in the Gamergate controversy, including right-wing political commentators and Trump supporters Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich. After this, Owens became a conservative, saying in 2017, “I became a conservative overnight … I realized that liberals were actually the racists. Liberals were actually the trolls … Social Autopsy is why I’m conservative”.
Kickstarter suspended funding for Social Autopsy, and the website was never created.
Owens speaks at the White House in 2019
By 2017, Owens had become known in conservative circles for her pro-Trump commentary, and for criticizing liberal rhetoric regarding structural racism, systemic inequality, and identity politics. In 2017, she began posting politically themed videos to YouTube. In September 2017, she launched Red Pill Black, a website and YouTube channel that promotes black conservatism in the United States.
On November 21, 2017, at the MAGA Rally and Expo in Rockford, Illinois, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk announced that Owens had been hired as the organization’s director of urban engagement. Turning Point’s hiring of Owens occurred in the wake of allegations of racism at Turning Point. In May 2019, Owens announced her departure as Communications Director for the organization.
In April 2018, Kanye West tweeted “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.” The tweet was met with derision among some of West’s fans. In May 2018, President Donald Trump said that Owens “is having a big impact on politics in our country. She represents an ever-expanding group of very smart ‘thinkers,’ and it is wonderful to watch and hear the dialogue going on… so good for our Country!”
Owens has appeared on fringe conspiracy websites, such as InfoWars. In 2018, she was a guest host on Fox News. After finding mainstream success, Owens distanced herself from the far-right conspiracy websites, although she refused to criticize InfoWars or its hosts.
In May 2018, Owens suggested that “something bio-chemically happens” to women who do not marry or have children, and she linked to the Twitter handles of Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, and Kathy Griffin, saying that they were “evidentiary support” of this theory. Silverman responded: “It seems to me that by tweeting this, you would like to maybe make us feel badly. I’d say this is evidenced by ur effort to use our twitter handles so we would see. My heart breaks for you, Candy. I hope you find happiness in whatever form that takes.” Owens responded, accusing Silverman of supporting terrorists and crime gangs.
Owens hosts The Candace Owens Show on PragerU’s YouTube channel.
In April 2020, Owens announced her intention to either run for office in the U.S. Senate or to be a governor, and that she would only run against an incumbent Democrat, not a Republican. She did not reveal which specific office she would run for, or in which election cycle.
In October 2018, Owens and the Donald Trump presidential campaign launched the Blexit movement, a social media campaign to encourage African Americans to abandon the Democratic Party and register as Republicans. The term Blexit—a portmanteau of ’Black’ and ’exit’—mimics Brexit, the word used to describe the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. On the launch, Owens said that her “dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West” designed merchandise for the movement, but the following day, West denied being the designer and disavowed the effort, saying “I never wanted any association with Blexit” and “I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in.” Shortly after the launch, The Daily Beast found that approximately 16 percent of the total tweets using the #blexit hashtag were from Twitter accounts associated with the promotion of Russian disinformation.