Controversial right-wing commentator Candace Owens has been slammed for using a laughing emoji in a tweet about the New Zealand mosque massacre after being named in the terrorist’s manifesto.
The gunman Brenton Tarrant from New South Wales, Australia, named the conservative activist as his biggest influence in his 74-page manifesto.
In the sick document, Tarrant said that Owens helped ‘push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness’ – but claimed some of the ‘extreme actions’ she calls for are ‘too much, even for my tastes’.
Shortly after posting the manifesto on Twitter, Tarrant, 28, live streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch at around 1.30pm. The terror attack, and another at a nearby mosque, left 49 people dead and another 48 injured.
Owens, whose controversial views include that the Democratic party is racist and oppresses black Americans, was quickly inundated with tweets about the gunman’s admiration of her comments about white birth rates in the US and Europe.
She has spoken in the past of her opinion that Europe will be a Muslim majority continent by 2050 but has never condoned violence against any groups.
But rather than distance herself from his views or even condemn his violence, she tweeted ‘LOL!’ followed by the emoji.
She went on to argue that she was not responsible for inspiring the attack and fumed that ‘racist white liberals’ were trying to blame her for it.
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Conservative commentator Candace Owens, pictured, has been slammed for using a laughing emoji on a tweet about the New Zealand mosque massacre after being named in the terrorist’s manifesto
But she was eviscerated by other users for using a laughing emoji and repeatedly saying ‘laugh out loud’ as she denied inspiring the terrorist’s murderous Islamophobia
‘I’ve never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam.
‘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!! LOL!’ she said.
Owens is known for her controversial remarks on both the second amendment and Islam in addition to her view that the Democratic party is racist.
She has come under fire in the past for making questionably complimentary remarks about Hitler.
On Thursday night and Friday, she continued to tweet that she refused to be blamed for the massacre.
When followers pointed out the impropriety of her response, she was indignant and argued back with them but failed to make a single solemn or sympathetic remark about the shooting or its dozens of victims.
‘Laughter is not the response one would expect after these murders,’ one follower said.
Owens shot back: ‘No. But a bunch of racist white liberals flooding my mentions is almost exactly what one would expect. You guys will never de-platform me.’
Gunman Brenton Tarrant from Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, described her as his biggest influence, and said she helped ‘push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness’
But Tarrant claimed some of the ‘extreme actions’ she calls for are ‘too much, even for my tastes’. The terror attack, which was the deadliest in New Zealand’s history, killed 49 people and left another 48 injured
Owen was eviscerated by followers for her ‘tone deaf’ posts. She argued back with them afterward and claimed she was the victim of a ‘bunch of racist white liberals’ but failed to make a single solemn or sympathetic post about the shooting itself
John Iadarola wrote: ‘Maybe a little less laughing considering the death toll?’
Aaron Rupar added: ‘This is a disgustingly callous response.’
Another user tweeted: ‘Yes. A violent massacre is so funny. Hysterical.’
Others pointed out that she had in fact shared her views on the second amendment and Islam in the past, sharing screenshots of recent tweets.
One of her previous tweets was directed towards Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, in which she claimed ‘Europe will fall and become a Muslim majority continent by 2050’.
Another, aimed at French president Emmanuel Macron, again warned against the declining birth rate.
When questioned what she was laughing about in the tweet, Owens replied: ‘White liberals attempting to beat black conservatives into submission with absurdity… again.’
Owens is best known for her outspoken, anti-Democratic views.
She believes the Democratic party is racist, and has formed an alliance with Kanye West in their shared support of Donald Trump.
She has in the past described Black Lives Matters protesters as a ‘bunch of whiny toddlers’ and has said that Hitler would have been ‘OK’ if he’d contained his plans to Germany and not tried to take over the world.
‘I actually don’t have any problems with the word nationalism. Globalism is what I don’t want.
Owens is pictured in the Oval Office with President Trump
WHO IS CANDACE OWENS?
Owens, 29, is the communications director for Turning Points USA, a conservative youth organization.
She has made a name for herself by making controversial claims about race relations in the US and through an alliance with Kanye West.
Owens extreme views include her belief that the Democratic party is racist and oppressive
Owens’ beliefs include that former president Barack Obama is to blame for disintegrating race relations in America and that Kanye West is one of the ‘bravest men’ in the country for lodging his support with Trump.
She has appeared in the past on Fox and Friends where she shared her extreme belief that black Americans are being held down by the Democratic party.
The young activist gained attention when Kanye West tweeted that he ‘liked the way she thinks’ last year.
Owens grabbed attention last April when Kanye West tweeted his support of her
Earlier this year she was condemned for saying Hitler would have been ‘fine’ if he had contained his plans to Germany
She is an active Republican who regularly attends party events . Above, with Donald Trump Jr.
She replied desperately asking him for a meeting and telling him how much he inspired her.
In addition to working for Turning Points, she runs a YouTube channel and show where she interviews guests and discusses national issues.
The 29-year-old is shown with her British fiance George Farmer
Owens notoriously dislikes Black Lives Matter, which she labels as a group of ‘whiny toddlers’.
Among her recent guests was Roseanne Barr who was fired by ABC last year for writing a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett.
Owens gave her a sympathetic ear as the pair discussed the #MeToo movement and Barr labeled some of the women who have come forward to say they have been the victims of sexual harassment and assault in work as ‘hoes’.
She is engaged to Turning Point UK operative George Farmer and is understood to live in New York City.
‘Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think of at least in America is Hitler.
‘He was a national socialist but if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK fine.
‘The problem is he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize, he wanted everybody to be speaking German,’ she said.
She was condemned for her comments and later clarified her stance that Hitler’s massacring of millions of Jews was not ‘OK’.
Tarrant launched the attack at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island at about 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway.
At about the same time, there was a second shooting at a mosque in Linwood, which is within 10km of the first attack.
Early reports indicated a shooting at Christchurch Hospital. However, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the mosques were the lone targets.
She did confirm multiple bombs were attached to two cars belonging to the suspects near the mosque. The explosives were disarmed before they could detonate.
Of the 49 fatalities, 41 were killed at the Al Noor Mosque and seven at the Linwood Avenue mosque. Three were outside the mosque itself. A 49th died in hospital.