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Kanye West voiced his liking of outspoken, alt-right YouTube personality Candace Owens on Saturday, sending Twitter into a tizzy.
Owens — a frequent guest on Fox News and InfoWars — launched a website and YouTube channel in 2017 called Red Pill Black, which promotes black conservatism. She has hailed President Trump as not “just the leader of the free world, but the savior of it as well,” and has been known to blast Black Lives Matter.
West tweeted Saturday: “I like how Candace Owen thinks.”
I love the way Candace Owens thinks
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018
Upon seeing West’s endorsement, Owens quickly responded: “I’m freaking out. @kanyewest ….please take a meeting with me. I tell every single person that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music. I am my own biggest fan, because you made it okay. I need you to help wake up the black community.”
West giving his nod of approval to Owens didn’t sit well with many of his 11 million followers.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) April 21, 2018
Candace Owens has proven to be anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ and fact-hating.
(Honestly, there are so many more descriptors.)
For Kanye to align himself with her is messy and dangerous.
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) April 21, 2018
Bruh. This is so disturbing. This says more about you than her.
For those that don’t know Candace Owens thinks Donald Trump is a savior. https://t.co/QH1L1gj4Wi
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) April 21, 2018
As I've said many times before, if I had no dignity I would be a very rich man by now. Candace Owens is making money off of denigrating black folks for her mostly white audience. Same as that Noir guy, same as Stacey Dash, same as Allen West etc. https://t.co/ljA5kgvcS1
— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) April 21, 2018
How many times can Kanye signal his affinity for people with anti-Black policies and positions before it takes a toll on how Black fans feel about him?
— Touré (@Toure) April 21, 2018
The easiest way for a black person to achieve success is by attacking the majority of other black people. It's a lazy approach to commentary that requires no serious thought or understanding of the impact of 400 years of systemic social, cultural and political oppression. https://t.co/PsEKxoIzus
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 21, 2018
But Owens held her ground and clarified her perspective.
Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.
I’m not far right—I’m free. pic.twitter.com/wtqCuYPtM2
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 21, 2018
West met in December 2016 with then President-elect Donald Trump. TMZ reported at the time that West requested a 15-minute meeting with Trump, who later told reporters, “We discussed life.” Two months later, West deleted all of his tweets supportive of the new president.