Candace Owens is eviscerated for putting a LAUGHING emoji on a post about the New Zealand mosque massacre after being named as killer’s ‘biggest influence’ in his manifesto
- Gunman said Owens pushed him ‘further into belief of violence over meekness’
- But shooter then claimed some of her views are ‘too much, even for my tastes’
- Terrorist Brenton Tarrant launched shooting at Al Noor Mosque, Christchurch
- 49 people have been killed and 48 injured in New Zealand’s worst ever attack
Candace Owens has been slammed for using a laughing emoji on a tweet about the New Zealand mosque massacre after being named in the terrorist’s manifesto.
The gunman, who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant from Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, named the conservative activist as his biggest influence in the 74-page manifesto.
In the sick document, Tarrant said that Owens helped ‘push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness’ – but claimed some of the ‘extreme actions’ she calls for are ‘too much, even for my tastes’.
Shortly after posting it on Twitter, Tarrant, 28, livestreamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch at around 1.30pm.
The terror attack left 49 people dead and another 48 injured.
Conservative commentator Candace Owens, pictured, has been slammed for using a laughing emoji on a tweet about the New Zealand mosque massacre after being named in the terrorist’s manifesto
Gunman Brenton Tarrant from Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, described her as his biggest influence, and said she helped ‘push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness’
But Tarrant claimed some of the ‘extreme actions’ she calls for are ‘too much, even for my tastes’. The terror attack, which was the deadliest in New Zealand’s history, killed 49 people and left another 48 injured
Owens was quick to disavow the shooter’s claims on Twitter – but was eviscerated for callously using a laughing emoji in her post.
She wrote: ‘LOL! [laughing emoji]. FACT: 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 hand outs is the reachiest reach of all reaches!! LOL!’
Twitter users blasted the commentator for laughing about the deadliest terror attack in New Zealand’s history.
John Iadarola wrote: ‘Maybe a little less laughing considering the death toll?’
The conservative activist took to Twitter to say she ‘never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam’
But she was eviscerated by other users for using a laughing emoji and repeatedly saying ‘laugh out loud’
Twitter users described Owens as ‘callous’ and said the tweet was a ‘new low’ for her
Aaron Rupar added: ‘This is a disgustingly callous response.’
Another user tweeted: ‘Yes. A violent massacre is so funny. Hysterical.’
Others pointed out that she had in fact shared her views on the second amendment and Islam in the past, sharing screenshots of recent tweets.
One of her previous tweets was directed towards Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, in which she claimed ‘Europe will fall and become a Muslim majority continent by 2050’.
Another, aimed at French president Emmanuel Macron, again warned against the declining birth rate.
When questioned what she was laughing about in the tweet, Owens replied: ‘White liberals attempting to beat black conservatives into submission with absurdity… again.’
Others posted screenshots of tweets in which she has shared her views on Islam, including two about Europe becoming a ‘Muslim-majority continent by 2050’
Tarrant launched the attack at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island at about 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway.
At about the same time, there was a second shooting at a mosque in Linwood, which is within 10km of the first attack.
There was another shooting outside Christchurch Hospital and multiple bombs were attached to two cars belonging to the suspects near the mosque. The explosives were quickly disarmed.
Of the 49 fatalities, 41 were killed at the Al Noor Mosque and seven at the Linwood Avenue mosque. Three were outside the mosque itself. A 49th died in hospital.
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