Candace Owens has responded after she was named in the alleged manifesto of one of the suspects accused of carrying out mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, which left at least 49 people dead.
The 74-page document, which is filled with ironic and sarcastic statements as well as references to internet memes, is believed to have been written by an Australian male citizen before he carried out the attack at one of the mosques in Christchurch.
In the manifesto, he names the conservative political commentator and activist while answering a question about which person radicalized him the most.
“The person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” the suspect wrote. “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, who launched the “Blexit” movement in the U.S. which encourages African Americans to stop supporting the Democrat party, has dismissed any suggestions she could be blamed for the terror attack 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. ‘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.”
Owens added: “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. I will go full Covington Catholic lawsuit. Try me.”
Elsewhere, the manifesto described President Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” although the suspect responded with “dear God no” when answering his own question about whether he supports him as a policy maker and leader.
The suspect names Oswald Mosley, the English politician who formed the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, as the person from history who is closest to his own beliefs.
He also describes how he supports those who have stood against “ethnic and cultural genocide” including Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof and Darren Osborne, the British terrorist who drove a van into a crowd of worshipers as they left a mosque in North London’s Finsbury Park in June 2017, killing one person and injuring 12.
In the wake of the shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the massacre, which also left at least 48 people seriously injured, can now “only be described as a terrorist attack.”
“This was an act of extraordinary and unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand,” she added.
“It is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. Many of the people affected by this act of extreme violence will be from our refugee and migrant communities.
“New Zealand is their home. They are us. The person or people who carried out this act of unprecedented violence are not.”
New Zealand Police said a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder and is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court to face the charges. Two other suspects remain in custody.