Conservative commentator Candace Owens has stated that she is considering a presidential run in 2024.
Candace Owens made the announcement that she was thinking about a run for President on Twitter, and stated that her decision was motivated by her love for the country.
She then responded to a leftist critic who tweeted that the Republican Party would never nominate Owens, a black woman, as it was an “authoritarian white nationalist party”.
Owens quickly snapped back, claiming that the liberals’ tweet would “not age well”.
I love America. Thinking about running for President. 🇺🇸
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) February 6, 2021
This won’t age well. https://t.co/Drhce5vw7s
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) February 7, 2021
Along with fellow black conservative commentator Brandon Tatum, Owens is a co-founder of the BLEXIT Foundation, a pro-Trump African-American organization. The platform on the BLEXIT website may indicate some of the issues that an Owens presidential campaign would emphasize.
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BLEXIT calls for “school choice and alternative educational opportunities” for poorer Americans, criminal justice reform, and “free enterprise”. In addition, it advocates new “history programs that will inspire minority children to succeed” – presumably in contrast to the anti-American critical race theory, which is taught in many U.S. schools and suggests the U.S. is a white supremacist nation with so-called ‘systemic racism’.
Owens has also self-identified as a “nationalist”, suggesting she would also seek to incorporate many of President Trump’s stances on foreign policy and immigration into her future platform.
Owens is not the only conservative pundit who has expressed interest in a 2024 presidential campaign. Dan Bongino, radio host and co-owner of social media platform Parler, has also suggested that he could run for President. Many fans of the Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight have urged the host, Tucker Carlson, to also consider a presidential run, though Carlson has so far been reticent to get involved in electoral politics himself.
President Trump has not yet announced whether or not he will run again after the 2020 elections were rigged against him. Should he choose to make another bid for the presidency, many of these pro-Trump figures are expected to step aside and give him a clear run. However, should he decide not to run, it is appearing increasingly likely that the Republican primary field will consist of a large number of contenders looking to claim Trump’s national-populist mantle.