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GoFundMe Halts Candace Owens' Account for 'Pattern of Inflammatory Statements'

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US conservative activist Candace Owens delivers a speech during the "Convention de la Droite" in Paris on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 08 June 2020 07:05 PM

GoFundMe has suspended a campaign created by conservative political commentator Candace Owens to benefit an Alabama restaurant owner who criticized protesters and rioters angered over the death of a man in police custody in Minneapolis.

The fundraising platform halted the account on behalf of Birmingham’s Parkside Café co-owner Michael Dykes, who in a text message to a co-worker that was posted online, called protesters were “idiots," Variety reported.

GoFundMe alerted Owens, a black woman, telling her that she was in violation of its “Terms of Service,” specifically its prohibition of “user content that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be in support of hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind.”

According to MarketWatch, the company said it halted the campaign “because of a repeated pattern of inflammatory statements that spread hate, discrimination, intolerance and falsehoods against the black community at a time of profound national crisis.”

Riots and protests have erupted in numerous locations since a black man, George Floyd, died after being arrested for using a $20 counterfeit bill at a grocery store.

A widely circulated video showing a white police officer restraining a face-down Floyd with the officer’s knee on Floyd’s neck has sparked the riots and accusations that his death was an example of systemic racism in law enforcement.

Beside labeling the protesters and rioters as “idiots” in a text message posted online by Dykes’ co-worker, she also called Floyd a “thug” in reference to his previous criminal record.

Owens has been criticized for her comments in an interview with Glenn Beck on his Blaze TV show in which she also referred to Floyd’s criminal record.

“The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me,” Owens told Beck in the footage. “George Floyd was not a good person.”

“I don’t care how CNN wants to make you think he changed his life around.” 

Besides several drug arrests, Floyd was convicted in 2009 in an armed robbery and sentenced to five years as part of plea deal.

His autopsy said he died of a heart attack with fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.

Owens tweeted that the more than $200,000 will go to Dykes’ establishment and criticized GoFundMe for discrimination.

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