Conservative gadfly Candace Owens is denying racism exists — again. She’s also attacked former U.S. President Barack Obama in the process. In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” earlier this week, Owens slammed Obama for saying current President Donald Trump was elected as a result of racism.
“It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted. Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president,” Obama wrote in his “A Promised Land” memoir. “For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety.”
When asked if Trump’s success was linked to racist hatred of Obama, Owens slammed Obama’s words as “abhorrent” and “disgusting” — adding it was untrue America was a racist country.
“I think it’s despicable that he made that statement. Barack Obama would not have been in office if it had not been for the support of white people, and that’s because we live in a majority white country so the idea that this country is racist and backwards, if any of that was true, he would never have made it into office in the first place,” Owens told Fox commentator Pete Hegseth on Thursday, Nov. 12.
“I think it’s abhorrent that a leader of this nation would leave the White House and have something so disgusting to say about the American people. He’s the first president to ever do that and that’s sad that that will be a part of his legacy,” Owens continued.
The Blexit founder is known for claiming America is a post-racist society.
“First and foremost, stop selling us our own oppression. Stop taking away our self-confidence by telling us that we can’t because of racism, because of slavery; I‘ve never been a slave in this country,” Owens said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Committee in 2019. “Stop telling us that we need to be obsessing over our past when we should be obsessing over our future and the potential that we have.”
She also lodges scathing criticism at other Black people who speak out against racial injustice. In September, Owens called LeBron James and other athletes “pea-brained” after they spoke out against racial injustice.
Obama released his memoir Tuesday, Nov. 17, and it already has record-breaking sales with over 890,000 copies sold in the first 24 hours, The Associated Press reported.
He has not responded to Owens publicly. Instead he is focusing on sharing what he hopes to accomplish with his memoir.
“My memoir, A Promised Land, is out today. I hope you’ll read it. My goal was to give you some insight into the events and people that shaped me during the early years of my presidency. Most of all, I hope it inspires you to see yourself playing a role in shaping a better world,” Obama tweeted.