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Mosque shooter reportedly ‘influenced’ by Stamford’s own Candace Owens

March 15, 2019

Conservative commentator and political activist Candace Owens had her name cited by at least one of the alleged gunmen in deadly shooting attacks Friday on two mosques in New Zealand on that left 49 dead.

One of the alleged suspects left behind what the Associated Press called “a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for his actions. He said he considered it a terrorist attack.”

The Australian gunman, Brenton Tarrant - a name not officially confirmed but reported by the country’s media - called her his primary inspiration behind the terrorist attack in a presently-deleted 73-page manifesto, according to International Business Times.

The gunman answered the question: Is there a particular person that radicalized you the most?

“Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens. Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness. Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for me are too much, even for my tastes.”

Owens, 29, - a Stamford, Conn. resident - responded on Twitter.

“LOL! 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 handouts is the reachiest reach of all reaches!! LOL!” she wrote in a series of tweets.

“HAHA OMG you racist Leftists are taking your racism and crazy to a whole new level hahah. ‘Black people don’t have to be Democrats’ now means...mosque shootings in New Zealand? This clearly won’t stick but damn if I won’t grow #BLEXIT highlighting your sheer desperation.”