Six days after Infowars regular and “Red Pill Black” YouTuber Candace Owens tweeted that she took issue with being referred to as “far-right,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to her personally — and apologized for the supposed mis-categorization.
Owens dissatisfaction with the label came after rapper Kanye West tweeted that he likes the way the conservative commentator who once compared Black Lives Matter protesters to animals thinks — a move that predated his newfound love for President Donald Trump. When users began responding to the “New Slaves” singer’s audacious claim, Twitter promoted the topic on its trending page and called Owens a “far-right media personality.”
“Far right?” the “urban engagement” coordinator for conservative campus group Turning Point USA tweeted on April 21. “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,” she concluded. “I’m free.”
Far right, as defined by the Oxford English dictionary, simply means “the extreme right wing of a political party or group.” As Roanna Carleton-Taylor of the group Resisting Hate wrote for HuffPost last year, “far right” typically denotes the type of rabid and elitist nationalism as exhibited by white nationalist Richard Spencer.
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
After she posted the tweet, many of Owens’ 360,000 followers responded in outrage. Stefan Molyneux, a Canadian YouTuber that, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, promotes concepts like scientific racism and eugenics, shared Owens’ tweet soon after she posted it. He joked that “everyone to the right of Karl Marx is apparently far-right.”
Everyone to the right of Karl Marx is apparently far-right.https://t.co/uXnMnvqxmY
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) April 21, 2018
On Friday, Dorsey himself apologized for mislabeling the woman that said white supremacist violence is a hoax after the Charlottesville rally.
Hi Candace. I want to apologize for our labeling you “far right.” Team completed a full review of how this was published and why we corrected far too late (12 hrs after). There was a clear break in our curation process and understanding, and we’re fixing. Thanks for calling out.
— jack (@jack) April 27, 2018
You can watch Owens with Infowars host Alex Jones below:
Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.
Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.
A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.
"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.
"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.