Candace Owens shares pics of fiery BLM riots and claims Antifa activists were part of mob who stormed Capitol
CANDACE Owens shared pictures of fiery Black Lives Matter riots and baselessly claimed Antifa were part of the mob who stormed Capitol on Wednesday.
Owens' conspiracy tweet was met with backlash, as she was slammed for "fanning the fire."
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"These images capture the horrific scene that took place outside of the Capitol building today," Owens tweeted as she shared pictures.
"Oh wait—my mistake. These are actually from the BLM 'protests' over the summer."
The images showed demonstrators in front of fiery scenes, as cars and buildings were seen burning.
One image showed demonstrators kicking a vehicle.
There has been no evidence to suggest Antifa were part of the riots at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Owens' tweet was quickly shut down by some, who accused her of "fanning the fire" or "comparing apples to oranges."
"I respect you so much but PLEASE stop fanning the fire," one user wrote.
"This is a horrible way to try to use BLM to overshadow the horrific what happened today. Rioting is a bad way to protest. So is storming and breaking into government property. This is not ok Candace," another user wrote.
One user said: "Except one was protesting their right to live and not be killed due to the color of their skin and the others are mad simply cause the election didnt (sic) go their way. This is a very bad comparison, lol, do better."
"Here’s the difference, BLM protesting the killings of unarmed people that look like them. What happened at the Capitol Building is rioting and Looting because a person didn’t get his way and couldn’t overturn a loss. You are comparing apples to oranges," another user wrote.
Although some events escalated at Black Lives Matter protests, demonstrations were largely peaceful.
Owens' tweet with the pictures came hours after she first tweeted an unbacked "hunch" that Antifa were "in the mix."
"My hope is that all violent agitators are arrested and their names are revealed publicly," Owens wrote.
"Call it a hunch, but my guess is there are still ANTIFA thugs in the mix," she added.
Antifa, short for "anti-fascist," is a movement that opposes racism, white supremacy, and far-right movements, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Those in the movement "believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements," according to the ADL.
So far, police have made at least 52 arrests in the riots at the US Capitol that left four dead.
Comparatively, during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the summer, on one single night, 430 arrests alone were made, according to CNN.
Owens is not the only one to push an unbacked conspiracy that Antifa were among those who sieged the Capitol.
Republican congressman Matt Gaetz, a Rep from Florida, also pushed the conspiracy.
"[There is] some pretty compelling evidence from a facial recognition company showing that some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters, but were masquerading as Trump supporters, and in fact were members of the violent terrorist group Antifa," he said.
XRVision, the facial recognition company that Gaetz cited, told BuzzFeed the report – published by The Washington Times – is "outright false, misleading, and defamatory."
Owens, founder of "Blexit," which seeks to have black voters "exit from the Democratic Party," as she told Fox News in 2018 – has been known to make bizarre claims.
Earlier this week, she branded US elections a "corruption" and a "sham" as she falsely claimed "Donald Trump beat Joe Biden."
Owens also slammed "racist Democrats" as she accused them of "using Black Lives Matter" to segregate and "destroy lives."
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