AceShowbiz - Candace Owens is no stranger to making controversial statements, so it should come as no surprise that she's now speaking ill of George Floyd. While many have taken to the streets to seek justice for the 46-year-old African-American man who was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, the conservative political activist has slandered him in a Twitter video.
"It has been weighing very heavily on my heart and on my mind," she began in the clip posted on Wednesday, June 3. "There was so much pressure for me to go with the popular opinion about who George Floyd was."
"George Floyd was not an amazing person," she said of George, who was at the time of the arrest was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarette. "First and foremost, George Floyd, at the time of his arrest was high on fentanyl and he was high on methamphetamine," she alleged, before bringing up his reported criminal past which included armed robbery.
She also criticized how people perceived Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on George's neck and caused him to suffocate, as "the devil," while "George Floyd is being uplifted like he's an amazing human being." She claimed, "He has been turned into the devil that he is and there is no reason for us to harp on that any longer. White Americans are not uplifting Derek Chauvin [like] he's an amazing human being."
"We are being sold a lot of lies at the detriment to the black community, at the detriment to the white community and at the detriment to America as a whole," she continued. "So, I want to come out and say that I do not support George Floyd and the media's depiction of him as a martyr for black America."
While she stressed that "the family of George Floyd deserves justice for the way that he died," she said that his death shouldn't be used as a launching pad for protests and riots because he wasn't an upstanding citizen that everyone has painted him out to be. She summarized her statements in the caption, writing, "#GeorgeFloyd is neither a martyr or a hero. But I hope his family gets justice."
Candace's tweet soon gained attention, with people leaving mixed responses on her post. While some people praised her for her honesty and speaking the truth, many were appalled by her opinions on the issue.
"I have NEVER in my life heard of someone dehumanize a person like this," someone reacted. "Because of his past he deserved to die? I am glad 'second' chances are not owned by you. The BLACK com believe, hope and try to help ppl get up from the ground and make something out of their lives..."
Another similarly commented, "Yet again your argument is to slander the victim. Even if he was a criminal in his past it doesn't make it ok to be killed. You did the same thing with #AhmaudArbery . Slandering a dead person doesn't make you cool.Why don't you use your platform to bring people together already?"
"You literally really hate every part of being Black," another accused her, while someone else similarly said, "This woman must hate the mirror." Another slammed the University of Rhode Island graduate, "Your PhD should be revoked."