Conservative writer and commentator Candace Owens, who started the “Blexit” movement to encourage black Americans to leave the Democratic Party, is considering a run for president in 2024.
“I love America,” she said over the weekend on social media. “Thinking about running for president.”
Owens, 31, who is a supporter of former President Donald Trump, would likely run as a Republican. The GOP has a slew of potential 2024 candidates, including Trump, several of the former president’s children, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
Owens, who didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, has spoken about what she would do if elected president. At one point, she tweeted that she would make the punishment for burning a U.S. flag the renunciation of citizenship.
“No jail time, no fine—simply one year to liquidate your assets and get … out of our country. In exchange, we’d extend citizenship to a hardworking LEGAL immigrant,” she wrote.
Owens worked for the conservative youth outreach group Turning Point USA, and currently hosts her own show on PragerU. Trump in 2018 said she “is having a big impact on politics in our country” and “represents an ever-expanding group of very smart ‘thinkers.'”
Owens previously told The Epoch Times that she feels the Democratic Party is “all about manipulating emotions.”
“Because when your policies don’t hold up, you need to have another way to get people to vote for you. And that’s emotionally. And, look, human beings, in general, are emotional. Most people will choose emotion, an emotional response to something above a rational one when pressed. And this is how they’ve been able to seize black Americans, how they’ve been able to seize minorities, how they’ve been able to seize women,” she said.
Owens also argued that Democrats have sold black people a victim mentality
“It was Malcolm X that said that liberals will pretend to be your friend. And that’s exactly right,” she added. “They pretend to be your friend. They come to you. They pretend they want to help, when in fact, they’re hurting. The left, the Democrat Party does not want black America to ever get better because they stump on our issues every four years. They can’t come to us and get us to be emotional if everything’s fixed. If our lives are better and our lives are improved, they’re going to have to come to us with just policies that would make sense.”
Aubrey Huff, a former professional baseball player, has volunteered to be Owens’s running mate.