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Candace Owens, a conservative activist and founder of the “Blexit” movement aimed at convincing blacks to abandon the Democratic Party, dismissed an ABC News inquiry ahead of a Saturday event at the White House because of the reporter’s apparent focus on COVID-19 rather than the event itself.
In a message shared by Owens on social media, the conservative firebrand indicated she would have been more than happy to provide feedback as long as the network showed an interest in the event.
“Hi Will — We are not interested in your obvious media angle here to slander/attack the President regarding Covid-19,” Owens wrote, likely to reporter Will Steakin, who co-wrote a short piece on the event that included some of Owens’ response.
The media finds out that an unprecedented number of blacks and Latinos are showing up to support the President’s law and order message tomorrow and what comment do they seek from @blexit?
They want to know about COVID-19.
Here is how you deal with disingenuous media suckers: pic.twitter.com/IDjaTuXKSo
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 10, 2020
“In the future if you find yourself with more pure intentions — perhaps interested in learning about the BLEXIT organization and why this event (which is about supporting law enforcement in minority communities) is important to the blacks and Latinos that are attending—you know where to find me,” Owens continued, ending the exchange, “Respectfully.”
In her post accompanying the screenshot, Owens noted: “The media finds out that an unprecedented number of blacks and Latinos are showing up to support the President’s law and order message tomorrow and what comment do they seek from @blexit? They want to know about COVID-19. Here is how you deal with disingenuous media suckers.”
Later, she sent out a tweet saying she was declining any further media inquiries ahead of the event, along with a photo of her in a hoodie, wearing a MAGA hat and holding a flag emblematic of BLEXIT.
Ignoring all press inquiries.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 9, 2020
Owens, author of the New York Times bestseller “Blackout,” co-founded the Blexit Foundation, an organization that seeks “to educate minorities across America about the history of our great country by highlighting the principles of the Constitution of the United States and the importance of self-reliance,” according to its website.
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Co-founder Brandon Tatum is a public speaker and former police officer, as well as CEO of The Officer Tatum LLC.
The Blexit Foundation focuses on these areas of interest to blacks and other persons of color — criminal justice reform, school choice, escaping government dependence by promoting entrepreneurship and free enterprise, and “developing history programs that will inspire minority children to succeed.”
The organization is hosting an event on Saturday ahead of another scheduled later on the South Lawn at the White House, where President Donald Trump is expected to attend — his first in-person appearance since being diagnosed and treated for COVID-19 a week ago.
ABC News reported that Owens sent an email to attendees stating, “EVERYONE MUST BRING A MASK TO BE ALLOWED ENTRY ONTO THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS,” adding there would be “absolutely no exceptions” allowed.
The network went on to note that masks are not actually required for the event, but attendees will be subjected to a temperature check and “a brief questionnaire” as part of a coronavirus screening process.
The earlier event is called “BLEXIT Back the Blue,” and will be held on the Ellipse located between the Washington Monument and the White House. From there, attendees will move to the South Lawn to hear President Trump speak.
An invitation obtained by ABC News said that the president would deliver “remarks to peaceful protesters for law and order.”
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