She is a 29-year-old woman of color who has mastered social media and whose speeches draw roars of approval from devoted fans.
She is not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congresswoman and political rock star from New York. She is Candace Owens, a right-wing activist at Turning Point USA (TPUSA), an organization that has effectively become Donald Trump’s youth wing.
Owens, who is African-American, was among the most enthusiastically received speakers at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the National Harbor near Washington.
“The truth is on our side as conservatives,” she proclaimed, ahead of speakers including Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. “Truth number one: America is not a racist country. The people that continue to tell us that have a vested interest in racism.
“Truth number two: Abortion is murder … A hard-hitting truth is that the most unsafe place for a black child is not on the streets, it’s not when they see a police officer, it’s in their mother’s womb … Truth number three: Racially motivated police brutality is a myth, but father absence is not.”