Conservative commentator Candace Owens has been vocal with her views about Ukraine, having stressed that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is “a very bad character who is working with globalists against the interests of his own people.”
“I will not move one inch away from that assessment—ever—no matter how flowery the media depictions of him are,” Owens insisted in the same tweet she criticized Zelenskyy.
She also noted on her talk show that “Ukraine wasn’t a thing until 1989. Ukraine was created by the Russians…They speak Russian,” which drew the prerequisite “pro-Putin” charge. A charge that was energized when Owens commented on how some Russians are being treated in America.
“Absolutely appalling the way Russians are being treated in America and abroad. That our leaders and government institutions are allowing for—and at times calling for this discrimination following their global ‘black lives matter’ hysteria is quite telling. Russian Lives Matter,” she tweeted last week.
All of which brings us to Monday, when Owens shared in a tweet that the New York Times asked her about her thoughts on Ukraine. A request that blew up in the newspaper’s face.
“Received an email from The NYTimes asking for comment regarding me ‘advancing ideas that Ukraine is a corrupt country’—similar to Russian state TV. I replied informing them that I actually got my ideas from the New York Times, and provided them links to their past articles,” she tweeted, even adding a receipt.
Received an email from The NYTimes asking for comment regarding me “advancing ideas that Ukraine is a corrupt country”—similar to Russian state TV.
I replied informing them that I actually got my ideas from the New York Times, and provided them links to their past articles. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Zy6a7Btih4
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 21, 2022
“I’m very confused by this email. I learned about “the idea that Ukraine was a corrupt” from the New York Times,” Owens replied to the newspaper. “You guys have covered the corruption of Ukraine extensively, for years.”
She then linked to a Times article to support the assertion.
“I educated myself about both the neo-Nazi problem in Ukraine and the unyielding corruption by reading your newspaper, not Russian state media,” Owens added. “Is there something specific I said that was different from what you guys have written in the past?”
That was “checkmate,” as far as social media users were concerned… here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
I just love how they always do this with the “we’re finalizing the story today” crap. They just got burned, and I am HERE for it.
— Pam (@lifebythecreek) March 22, 2022
Well played @RealCandaceO , I would love to see their response but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting on you getting one .
— itsallgoingtopot (@itsallgoingtop1) March 21, 2022
OK, that’s pretty funny. https://t.co/JcVTUxmnC2
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) March 21, 2022
They’re not sending their best. https://t.co/2nDLbMIW1L
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) March 21, 2022
😂😂😂😏 checkmate https://t.co/NfFNCCwGOq
— Notorious-celt (@CelticNotorious) March 21, 2022
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