New Zealand Mosque Shooting: Black Conservative Commentator Candace Owens Reacts to Her Alleged Influence on White Supremacist Attacker

Candace Owens responded after being named in the alleged manifesto of one of the men accused of carrying out mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand which left at least 49 people dead.

The 74-page document, which is filled with ironic and sarcastic statements as well as references to internet memes, is believed to have been written by an Australian male citizen before he carried out the attack at one of the mosques in Christchurch.

In the manifesto, he named Owens, a conservative political commentator and activist, while answering a question about which person radicalized him the most.

"The person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens," the suspect wrote. "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 are too much, even for my tastes."

Owens, who launched the "Blexit" movement in the U.S. which encourages African Americans to stop supporting the Democratic Party, dismissed any suggestions that she could be blamed for the terror attack in a series of tweets.

"FACT: I've never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam," Owens wrote.

"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!

"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."

Owens added: "To be clear: We played the 'Candace is Hitler' game. We played the 'Candace is anti-rape victims' game. If the media attempts this 'Candace inspired a mosque shooting in New Zealand' bit—they better all lawyer the f*ck up. I will go full Covington Catholic lawsuit. Try me."

Elsewhere in the manifesto, President Donald Trump was described as a "symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose," although the suspect responded with "dear God no" when answering his own question about whether he supports him as a policymaker and leader.

The suspect named Oswald Mosley, the English politician who formed the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, as the person from history who was closest to his own beliefs.

He also described how he supported those who stood against "ethnic and cultural genocide," including Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof and Darren Osborne, the British terrorist who drove a van into a crowd of worshipers as they left a mosque in North London's Finsbury Park in June 2017, killing one person and injuring 12.

In the wake of the shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the massacre, which also left at least 48 people seriously injured, can now "only be described as a terrorist attack."

"This was an act of extraordinary and unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand," said Adern.

"It is one of New Zealand's darkest days. Many of the people affected by this act of extreme violence will be from our refugee and migrant communities.

"New Zealand is their home. They are us. The person or people who carried out this act of unprecedented violence are not."

New Zealand police said a 28-year-old man had been charged with murder and was due to appear in the Christchurch District Court to face the charges. Two other suspects remain in custody.

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Candace Owens speaks during CPAC 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 1. The commentator dismissed any suggestions that she was to blame for the New Zealand mosque attack after being named in a manifesto. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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