Liam O’Mara—a failed Democrat congressional candidate—sent Candace Owens an image via Twitter of a white hood reminiscent of those worn by the Ku Klux Klan. When the image of the hateful symbol was reported to Twitter content moderators, the tech platform claimed that the image was in no violation of the platform’s rules against hateful conduct.
After Twitter allowed the post to remain up, with O’Mara defending his tweet, Owens announced her intention to file a police report against the Democrat, saying that she was “DONE with you racist Democrats.”
O’Mara’s tweet was apparently inspired by a post from Owens criticizing left-wing activist groups.
“The #1 violent offenders against black people are other black people. The #1 violent offenders against Asian Americans are also black people,” Owens posted Monday. “But both #BlackLivesMatter and #AsianLivesMatter are campaigns dedicated to stomping out white supremacy because, clown world.”
O’Mara, captioning a photo of the white hood, tweeted: “Yikes. You may’ve dropped this.”
O’Mara’s tweet has since disappeared from the social media site.
“For everyone that is suing [Twitter] for clear cut bias— they have written to me to let me know that sending klansmen hoods to black people does not violate any of their rules,” Owens posted, captioning a screenshot of Twitter’s message and O’Mara’s tweet.
“Racism is okay on this platform. Thanks [Twitter Safety]!” Owens added.
One Twitter user suggested that Owens should send the tweet to the F.B.I.
“Yeah. And to my lawyer,” the conservative host replied. “This is blatantly racist and discriminatory.”
“Twitter has locked my account in the past for saying that people should open their stores during a lockdown,” Owens noted. “But klansmen hoods are totally community standard.”
When criticized for sending the image of the KKK hood to a black woman, O’Mara, who is white and male, defended the post by claiming that Owens was a “paid propagandist.”
“I tweeted it to someone making straight-up white supremacist arguments to exploit a fragile white male audience,” he argued. “Candace is a paid propagandist and constantly recycles the same tropes we’ve seen work on that audience for two centuries.”
The Democrat responded to Owens’s post concerning Twitter’s response to his tweet. “Fascinating. How is it a threat to suggest your arguments suit that mask?” he wrote. “Are you saying no person of colour makes white supremacist arguments?”
“It is, granted, a harsh way to highlight the problem, but the issue lies with your violent rhetoric, not mine. I hate and fear no-one, [sic]” added O’Mara.
Those tweets from O’Mara have also been since removed from the platform, presumably by O’Mara himself.
“Just got off the phone with the Riverside County Sheriff Department. Guess who is filing a police report against you for your little klansmen act that you keep defending?” Owens announced Tuesday afternoon.
“I am DONE with you racist Democrats thinking you can do and say whatever you want to black conservatives.”
“Might not be a crime on Twitter but guess what?! It’s a crime in the real world,” Owens added. “[Twitter Safety] you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing this to fly.”