Candace Owens Reacts To Being Called An Influence In New Zealand Mosque Shooter's Alleged Manifesto
Candace Owens was named in a manifesto that allegedly belonged to one of the gunmen.
Following the mass shootings of two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch which left at least 49 people dead, an anti-immigrant manifesto that allegedly belonged to one of the gunmen was discovered.
The 87-page manifesto, which was uploaded to a social media account right before the attack according to CNN, is believed to have been written by a 28-year-old white Australian man who has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack.
The since-deleted manifesto included references to memes, as well as ironic and sarcastic remarks, according to the International Business Times. But it’s the manifesto’s mentioning of black conservative Candace Owens that has been circulating across social media.
The shooter named Owens while answering a question about who radicalized him most, saying:
“The person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens. Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness. Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for are too much, even for my tastes.”
Owens has since dismissed the manifesto in a series of tweets.
“FACT: I’ve never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam,” Owens wrote. “The Left pretending I inspired a mosque massacre in…New Zealand because I believe black America can do it without government hand outs is the reachiest reach of all reaches!”
“You racist Leftists are taking your racism and crazy to a whole new level hahah,” she continued. “‘Black people don’t have to be Democrats’ now means…mosque shootings in New Zealand? This clearly won’t stick but damn if I won’t grow #BLEXIT highlighting your sheer desperation.”
“To be clear: We played the ‘Candace is Hitler’ game. We played the ‘Candace is anti-rape victims’ game. If the media attempts this ‘Candace inspired a mosque shooting in New Zealand’ bit—they better all lawyer the f*ck up,” she added. “I will go full Covington Catholic lawsuit. Try me.”
She has offered another statement on the matter as well.
This is the statement I issued to all inquiring media members earlier today.
I truly have no further statement beyond this point. pic.twitter.com/Ji67okjGwL
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 15, 2019
Some experts have weighed in on the manifesto and believe that the reference to Owens, as well as other statements made in the manifesto, is an act of trolling by the suspect. In one part of the manifesto, the attacker claimed that “Spyro the Dragon 3 taught me ethno-nationalism” and “Fortnite trained me to be a killer and to floss on the corpses of my enemies.”
There are parts within the Christchurch shooters manifesto that are CLEARLY meant to be sarcastic.
1. The part about being a Navy Seal.
2. The part about Spyro The Dragon and Fortnite.
— Joe In General (@JoeInGeneral) March 15, 2019
There are a couple of things in there that ring obvious bells. No joke, call somebody fluent in YouTube or alt-right garbage before writing up your pieces on this. Or just ignore it.
Some of these thoughts are clearly authentic, others clear traps. It's the nature of the chans. https://t.co/iA7dDVKRZr
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) March 15, 2019
Media: be careful with the NZ shooter's apparent manifesto. It's thick with irony and meta-text and very easy to misinterpret if you're not steeped in this stuff all the time (and even if you are).
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) March 15, 2019
There’s some sarcastic, jokey stuff in the killer’s manifesto—the reference to Candace Owens seems sarcastic, his reference to Trump being good as symbol of “white identity” but bad as a “policymaker” not so much.
— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) March 15, 2019
Owens gained some notable attention in April last year when Kanye West cosigned the conservative political commentator and activist on Twitter. However, the two’s friendship seemed to come to an end after Owens used a logo West had made for her “Blexit” campiagn.
So far, police have arrested four people in connection with the attack on the mosques — three men and one woman.
Source: International Business Times