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Candace Owens, Featured Speaker at White House Event, Paid for BLEXIT Members to Attend

Candace Owens, the controversial Trump surrogate who helms the conservative group BLEXIT was the featured speaker at an event held at the White House today. The South Lawn event itself was already receiving criticism for taking place at all, just two weeks after the Rose Garden nomination ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett was dubbed a superspreader event resulting in a major COVID19 outbreak at the White House and beyond.

Owens often receives criticism from within the Black community for her continued allegiance to Trump despite his lifelong track record of racism. BLEXIT encourages Black voters to abandon the Democratic Party, and the group was responsible for paying for several attendees to fly to Washington specifically to attend today’s event.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 09: Candace Owens of Turning Point USA arrives before testifying during a House Judiciary Committee hearing discussing hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism on Capitol Hill on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Internet companies have come under fire recently for allowing hate groups on their platforms. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Owens is also known for her rather shady practices when it comes to finding that kind of funding.

 

Attendees for today’s event were given strict instructions about COVID19 protocols, but once inside the gates, no one was required to wear a mask. Plenty of Twitter users pointed out discrepancies in the White House’s own guidelines and how its own staff actively ignores them.

Owens was photographed arriving at the event without a mask.

 

Unsettling images from the event were being shared on Twitter Saturday afternoon. While “thousands” were invited and expected, the crowd was estimated to be at roughly 400.

Holding this blatant campaign event at the White House is also another clear violation of the Hatch Act, as was holding the RNC acceptance speech and other numerous violations committed by the Trump Administration.



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