Lines are being drawn in the ongoing feud between notable Daily Wire personalities Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro.
Shapiro holds a strong support-Israel position and advocates the need to eliminate Hamas. Owens appears to believe that Israel’s response is not proportional or appropriate.
Owens’ comments followed her interview and favorable interactions with known anti-Israel advocate Max Blumenthal.
When Shapiro criticized Owens’ comments, Candace responded by posting that Shapiro was “acting unprofessional” and was “emotionally unhinged.”
Shapiro labeled Owens’ posts as “disgraceful” and “ridiculous.”
Last Wednesday, Shapiro escalated the matter by posting: “Candace, if you feel that taking money from The Daily Wire somehow comes between you and God, by all means quit.”
Amid the controversy, famed former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has sided with Owens.
Notable legal expert David Horowitz has sided with Shapiro on the matter. His conservative group, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, announced on Monday they would be severing ties with Owens — a host whose career they helped launch.
In the Freedom Center’s statement, the group noted they were cutting ties with Owens because of her “ignorant, hateful and morally obtuse remarks about Israel and the Jews.”
Horowitz, 84, shared that the Freedom Center invited Owens to speak at its Restoration Weekend event — a significant gathering of leading conservatives. Owens was little known at the time. Owens later noted that it was at “the conference where everything started for me.”
The Freedom Center now accuses Owens of “straying from the cause.”
“Instead of focusing on the meaningful activism and defense of American values that brought her to our attention, Candace Owens has become obsessed with her own fame, stirring up drama to compensate for a lack of real achievement,” the group reported.
In particularly harsh words, the Freedom Center statement added: “Owens’ criticism of Israel shows that she tackles a subject she knows nothing about” and that she “never bothers to learn anything about it.”
The group also accused Owens of “rid[ing] the backlash by playing the victim to generate more fame and money.”
“What a tragic misuse of talents,” the statement read.
The Freedom Center announced they would be considering supporting other influencers. Noting that they and Owens are on different pages, the group complained that Owens is either “on the sidelines” or “actively supporting the crusade against the West.”
“Goodbye Candace, we will continue to support those who truly strive to raise up the movement for liberty and life, not selfishly tear it apart,” the statement concluded.
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