New Zealand mosque shooting: Candace Owens reacts with 'laughing emoji' after terrorist named her his biggest influence

Latest reports pegged the toll from the attack on two mosques in Christchurch at 49 with many seriously injured.


                            New Zealand mosque shooting: Candace Owens reacts with 'laughing emoji' after terrorist named her his biggest influence

Controversial right-wing commentator Candace Owens got eviscerated on social media after she used a laughing emoji in response to a tweet that pointed out that she had been mentioned as an "influence" by the suspected terrorist who gunned down many at two New Zealand mosques.

Latest reports pegged the toll from the attack on two mosques in Christchurch at 49 with many seriously injured.

Reports identified the killer as Brenton Tarrant from New South Wales, Australia, and who in a 74-page manifesto among other things mentioned that Owens had helped "push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness".

“The person who has influenced me above all is Candace Owens. Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped me push further and further into the belief of violence over meekness,” Tarrant wrote.

Owens, a right wing African-American political activist, is the founder of the Blexit movement, which calls on black people to stop supporting the Democratic Party in the United States. She has also been open about her support for US President Donald Trump.

However, Tarrant did claim that some of the more 'extreme actions' that she calls for are "too much, even for my tastes."

Owens took to Twitter to share a laughing emoji and responded, "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!"

Owens' was slammed for her response on Twitter, and spent the next couple of hours flatly refusing to be blamed for the killings, and accusing "racist white liberals" of hunting a black conservative.



 


 
 
 
 
 
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Even when social media users called her out for her inappropriate response, she argued back with them and made no solemn or sympathetic remarks about the shooting or the dozens of victims who innocently lost their lives.

One follower wrote, "Laughter is not the response one would expect after these murders," to which Owen responded saying, "No. But a bunch of racist white liberals flooding my mentions is almost exactly what one would expect. You guys will never de-platform me."

While another user added, "Maybe a little less laughing considering the death toll?" A third user chimed in, "Yes. A violent massacre is so funny. Hysterical."

Many others were quick to point out that she had shared views on the second amendment and Islam in the past and also shared images of her previous posts. 

The mass shootings which rocked New Zealand left around 49 people dead as New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the incident "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

The police have taken three men and a woman into custody after the shootings but have not given any details on who they have detained. The police have confirmed that the gunman, believed to be 28-year-old Australian national Brenton Tarrant, was using a semiautomatic weapon.