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The Crazy Internet

March 18, 2019

Candace Owens. Remember her?

She’s the young, black, pro-Trump Fox News commentator who made headlines earlier this month when she tweeted, “America is not a racist country,” although a decade ago as a high school student in Stamford, Connecticut, she accepted a $37,500 city settlement after she accused a group of teens of leaving her threatening racist messages. [See NYPD Confidential, March 4, 2019.]

Click here to read what the police brass say about NYPD ConfidentialMinor figure that she is, she, nonetheless, turned out to be on the radar of Brenton Tarrant, the alleged killer of over 50 people at two New Zealand mosques.

In a rambling 73-page manifesto, he cited as an inspiration Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011; and praised President Donald Trump as a “symbol of white identity.” Then, asked which person had influenced him the most, he answered, of all people, “Candace Owens.”

 “Each time she spoke,” he wrote in his wrote in his manifesto, according to the International Business Times, an American on-line publication, “I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness.”

In a bizarre addendum, considering the violence he perpetrated, he added, “Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for me are too much, even for my tastes.”

Click here to read the New York Times profile of Leonard LevittSo was Tarrant for real? Or was playing to the internet to give his ideas a worldwide audience?

Although something of an online spitfire, espousing black support for Trump and bashing Democrats as the party of governmental handouts to black Americans, Owens does not appear to have written anything that could be construed as encouraging anyone to gun down unarmed people — Muslims or anyone else — inside their place of worship.

About the closest she came was last November when she tweeted: “If France wants to build an army to defend itself against anything, it ought to be the declining birth rate of its people. All signs indicate that it will be a majority Muslim country in just 40 years.”

Click here to read the Washington Post article on NYPD ConfidentialOwens herself appeared to blow off the Tarrant manifesto. She tweeted: “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 handouts is the reachiest reach of all reaches!! LOL.” She added: “You racist Leftists are taking your racism and crazy to a whole new level.”

So what’s the lesson, if any, in all this? Perhaps it is that with the internet’s reach, words that people speak or write matter more than they ever did because there are a lot of crazies out there ready to believe or misinterpret. As much as President Trump, that’s true of a minor figure like Owens.

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