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.
Owens is also known for her rather shady practices when it comes to finding that kind of funding.
Not surprised that MAGA Lunatic grifter Candace Owens paid for people to travel and attend the hate rally on the South Lawn, an event that is also is a Hatch Act violation as well as a super spreader. She should be arrested.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 10, 2020
"Blexit" is the faux movement Candace Owens created to make people think African-Americans are leaving the Democratic Party. https://t.co/DzoWnNW9uK
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) October 10, 2020
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.
Off to the side of the White House event, not wearing a mask: Dr. Scott Atlas pic.twitter.com/yECbfzyU6t
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 10, 2020
Owens was photographed arriving at the event without a mask.
Candace Owens just arrived. She was not wearing a mask, although her group told members to wear them at the event. She walked past a sign asking attendees to “please wear a face covering.” pic.twitter.com/TpeBu7LvYa
— Gabe Fleisher (@WakeUp2Politics) October 10, 2020
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.
Today's White House event looked like Gargamel trying to kill all the Smurfs. Candace Owens is Azrael in this scenario. pic.twitter.com/0md5C8kPC4
— Johnny from Queens (@jr_kosik) October 10, 2020
1. Campaign rally flop
“About 400 or so here” – @JenniferJJacobs
Even Fox News agrees (with a little rounding up?): “about 500” showed up.
2. Covid precaution flop
Looks like they’re packing people closer together for a better photo image. pic.twitter.com/LQMTRa81Z2
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) October 10, 2020
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.
Here is Trump simultaneously alluding to his omnipotence and violating the Hatch Act with this event that is essentially a campaign rally paid for by Candace Owens BLEXIT funds.
Trump: "I was in that hospital, I was watching down over so many people…" pic.twitter.com/GKwbIpOscp
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 10, 2020
Trump begins his first post-coronavirus diagnosis speech by telling his adoring fans at the White House, "we gotta vote these people into oblivion. Into oblivion. Gotta get rid of 'em. So bad for our country." pic.twitter.com/RtH7O8jYY7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 10, 2020