The American Conservative Union (aka CPAC) brought a bunch of its stars to Memphis yesterday. From 10 am to 4 pm, Memphians at the Holiday Inn U of M got to hear from Chairman Matt Schlapp, Blexit founder Candace Owens, #WalkAway’s Brandon Straka, Governor Bill Lee, radio host Ben Ferguson, former Ambassador to Japan and now Tennessee senatorial candidate Bill Hagerty, My Pillow entrepreneur Mike Lindell and others discuss important issues of the day.
Although the crowd numbered at best 150 people, it was an enthusiastic group.
None got as big a response as Candace Owens. She charmed the audience with her bubbly enthusiasm, positive attitude and high energy.
“It was two years ago at CPAC,” she said, “that the idea of Blexit was hatched.” Owens explained that she had gone to CPAC, hoping to get noticed with her book “Black Out” about to be released. “But only one person in the media row wanted to interview me. Unfortunately the timing for that was just as President Trump was scheduled to speak. So what to do? What do you think I did? I hurried the interview then went rushing to hear the President. I got there just as they had closed the doors. The Secret Service would not let me in, but as a speaker I had a badge and went around backstage. I saw Nigel Farage, the founder of Brexit. He was very nice and talked to me. It was then that I realized our movement was Blexit (blacks exiting the Democrat party)!”
She went on to ask, “Who is Candace Owens? Basically I’m a babysitter. I go to college campuses and tell them the simple truth such as there are only two sexes, that not everything can be free and Socialism kills. It should be common sense, but it isn’t and there are mean protests.”
Those aren’t the only battles Owens has fought. She brought up her appearance before Congress’ judiciary committee and a now infamous exchange with Congressman Ted Lieu. Here is the clip:
She demolished the congressman. Her grandfather and husband sat behind her, she said, which launched her into the issue of what inspires her. Ask yourself “Who? Why do you do what you do? For me, my grandfather inspired me. He raised me and my brothers and sisters.
“He was a sharecropper in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He never said anything negative about white people, even though he grew up with real racism, including the KKK spraying the house with bullets. He had core beliefs that guided him.
“First, a belief in God. I felt he had a pipeline to God. Once I got up in the middle of the night and turned up the heat because I was cold. That was not allowed. My grandfather had a way of incorporating our misdeeds into prayer. The next morning at breakfast he prayed and asked God to forgive me for disobeying him. I ran up to my bedroom and he followed. I apologized but asked him why he had to tell God what I did.
“Second, he believed in family. Today we are turning men into women, women into men and it’s an attack on the family. The worst thing you can be today is a straight white male.
“Third, he believed in hard work. My grandfather worked every day since he was 5 years old. He never complained. He believed in the American dream. And he came back and bought the land he sharecropped.”
Like many young people and many blacks, Owens started out as a Democrat. “I started on the Left, but I wasn’t an activist.” Her attitude soon changed, but “I’m not into politics. I’m into culture. That’s what the Right got wrong – giving into culture. I try to make my approach cool, funny.
“The worst for me is not the mean tweets nor even Antifa. It’s when the right eats its own. The President should never stop tweeting. It’s how he gets around the mainstream media.
“We’re in an ideological war. You have to ask ‘how can I fight?’ There is a way for you to plug in – either through donating, telling others, being activists or supporting them. Just find a way.”
Clearly, Owens has found a way – and run with it.
Next: Brandon Straka described his turn to Conservatism and the movement he founded.