Conservative podcaster and author Candace Owens recommended that Americans begin protesting new COVID mandates and recommendations by simply ignoring “elites” who harp about them and “living” their lives.
In a lively interview Monday evening with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after the host pointed out several instances of Democrat and left-wing media hypocrisy regarding pandemic-related restrictions and mandates, Owens began by ridiculing a New York Times reporter who served as an apologist for the lack of masks and social distancing at former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party bash over the weekend.
“Other people said, you know, this has really been overblown, they’re following all the safety precautions, people are going to sporting events that are bigger than this, this is going to be safe, this is a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd and this is just about optics it’s not about safety,” Times reporter Annie Karni told CNN on Monday.
“That’s right. Hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work but sophistication most certainly does,” Owens began, eliciting laughter from Carlson. “So if you have a little dose of sophistication, you can do whatever you want in this country, actually.”
“You don’t have to mask, you can see your relatives,” she continued. “I mean it is funny, it’s laughable, but it’s also just so frustrating.”
Continuing, Owens said that Americans have every “right to be angry” at the hypocrisy demonstrated by elites who preach masks and social distancing, even for people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19, and then ignore their own recommendations.
She went on to note that the country has endured “two years” of such restrictions “where people looked at people and said, ‘Are you a person that wants to go see your loved one who passed away? Do you want to go attend their funeral? You’re a selfish human being.
“‘You want to watch your daughter get married? You’re a selfish human being if you don’t shut this down,'” she noted, adding that she was pregnant during the initial lockdowns, suggesting she and her husband were chastised for wanting to share the experiences such as the “first ultrasound.”
“You’re a selfish, backward human being. You’re ignoring the science, right?” said Owens, adding that Americans have been told such things “over and over again” and that such admonitions were repeated often by elitist academics and media types.
They “generally look over their balcony and they say whatever they want because they don’t live like us, Tucker. They don’t live like us. They don’t care,” she said.
The conservative star speculated that Obama “had his media friends” to run with the narrative that, after news of his initial 500-attendee party broke, he “scaled it down” though hundreds of people still attended.
“‘Because at the end of the day, I’m going to celebrate my 60th birthday party,'” Owens said, channeling Obama.
“That’s essentially what they said to people. This is a story of the haves and the have nots. The haves are laughing at the have nots as they continue to make these ‘Simon Says’ rules that everybody has to follow absent any meaningful scientific dialogue or discussion. It’s just, ‘Trust the science,’ blanket. Don’t question it or you’re a horrible, backward, selfish human being,” she said.
Carlson then asked Owens how much longer she thought Americans would go along with participating “in their own humiliation.”
“I think they have to stop,” she said. “It is really the time for civil disobedience here,” especially after Obama’s well-publicized party even as many of his attendees and the former president himself have expressed concerns about the spreading Delta variant of COVID-19.
“I wanna be very clear here so they don’t misinterpret my words,” Owens explained.
“When I say civil disobedience, I mean live your life,” said Owens, eliciting more laughter from Carlson. “Have your daughter’s wedding. Stop listening to these people who don’t care about you, who tell you that you need to wear a mask on a plane while they fly around private and don’t know what it’s like to have to go through an airport and be treated like you’re a diseased individual.
“It’s time to stop listening to those individuals because they do not have go through what you go through” Owens added. “They’re laughing at you and mocking you behind closed doors and enjoying watching you suffer while they continue to live their lives.”
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