Musician Kanye West caused a stir over the weekend when he tweeted with a conservative slant and praised a black female conservative.
Roughly a year and a half after meeting with then President-Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, West posted a series of tweets that began with this one:
Owens is the communications director for Turning Point USA, a conservative organization for students. She is also black.
She responded shortly after West posted his message of praise:
Both tweets drew the ire of liberals and conservatives. Civil rights activist Shaun King, for example, wrote on Twitter that "it's sad actually" for both West and Owens. His tweet also included a link to a video of Owens taking on a group of Black Lives Matter protesters.
Conservative Ben Shapiro said Monday he agrees with West's comment about Owens and several other tweets West posted over the weekend, but that conservatives were too quick to embrace him.
"It just demonstrates the right's desperation to be taken seriously in the sphere of pop culture," Shapiro said.
West posted a series of other tweets that appeared right-leaning:
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said on "The Five" Monday evening that West's comments were bold.
"He challenged the mob. He knew that tweet would attract pitchforks, but he did it anyway," Gutfeld said.
West met with Trump in December 2016 and the pair posed for pictures in the building's lobby before West departed.
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