Candace Owens, conservative writer, commenter, and cofounder of the BLEXIT movement, announced she’s mulling a presidential run in 2024, and more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Other stories: Democrats want $3600 per child added to COVID-19 relief package; Trump attorneys file brief ahead of impeachment trial tomorrow.
Candace Owens announce as possible presidential run
Over the weekend, Candace Owens announced that she is considering running for president in 2024, via Twitter.
Owens tweeted: “I love America. Thinking about running for President.”
In April, Owens will turn 32, meaning the age requirement for a presidential run in 2024.
Owens first came to prominence during online via her opposition to cyber-bullying, as well as her vocal political commentary, Fox reported.
“If I were President, the punishment for burning the U.S flag would be the renunciation of citizenship,” Owens tweeted in 2019. “No jail time, no fine— simply one year to liquidate your assets and get the hell out of our country. In exchange, we’d extend citizenship to a hardworking LEGAL immigrant.”
The Western Journal posted an excerpt of a comment Owens made during an interview with Fox last fall.
“It felt like we finally had arrived at a place in this country where we could put the past in the past,” Owens said. “Barack Obama became the President of the United States because White Americans supported him.”
“And rather than show some unity,” Owens continued, “rather than show some respect for this country that gave him literally everything he has, he turns his back … and says, ‘Look at this despicable country. It’s broken.'”
“[Obama] is the first president that has ever sat in the White House and come out … hating America,” Owens added.
What is BLEXIT?
Owens, along with Brandon Tatum, founded the BLEXIT Foundation, which “aims to uplift and empower minorities to realize the American dream,” according to its website. The organization says it aims to do so by highlighting the principles of the Constitution and the importance of self-reliance.
The foundation says its “vision is to change the narrative that surrounds America’s minority communities – with a particular focus on African-Americans.” Four of its five primary areas are educational opportunities, criminal justice reform, entrepreneurship, and history programs aimed at inspiring minority children to succeed.
Democrats want $3600 per child added to coronavirus relief package
Congressional Democrats were slated to unveil a proposed addition to the latest coronavirus relief package calling for the inclusion of up to $3600 per child , NBC reported. The amount would break down to $3600 per child under the age of 6, and $3000 per child between the ages of 6 to 17, based on a tax filer’s income.
The money would be distributed on a monthly basis over the course of the year by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The amount breaks down to $300 per month at that $3600 threshold. Essentially, the proposal takes the Child Tax Credit and pays it out monthly.
Impeachment begins on Tuesday, Trump’s attorneys call it “political theater”
The second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is slated to begin on Tuesday, February 9. On Monday, attorneys for the former president submitted a brief calling the effort to end peach him after he has already left office as “political theater,” Fox reported. Further, they assert that the impeachment trial is outside the Senate’s constitutional authority.
“Instead of acting to heal the nation, or at the very least focusing on prosecuting the lawbreakers who stormed the Capitol, the Speaker of the House and her allies have tried to callously harness the chaos of the moment for their own political gain,” the brief by Trump’s attorneys read, according to the Associated Press.