Candace Owens isn’t interested in making friends.
Instead, the 31-year-old conservative firebrand regularly finds herself in high-profile spats with public figures. Last week, for instance, she got into a social-media tussle with Cardi B, in which the rapper told the Trump-loving Owens, “You’re getting pimped out by white men.”
“I love every second of this feud,” Owens told The Post of the bout, which erupted last Sunday when Owens criticized the rapper’s interview with Joe Biden for Elle magazine. “I was playing chess and she was playing checkers,” Owens said.
She also accused Cardi B of being used by the Democratic nominee. “It is one of the biggest insults,” said Owens, adding that the “WAP” rapper’s platform “contributes to the disintegration of black culture and values.”
As always, Owens isn’t sweating her latest slugfest. “I’m going to win — there’s no losing here for me,” she said. “I have an opportunity to get out the truth. You think we’re in a rap battle? I have an opportunity to do a mass awakening.”
With her new book, “Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democratic Plantation” (out Tuesday), Owens, who previously worked at Vogue and for a private-equity firm, detailed growing up “dirt poor” in Stamford, Conn., as the second youngest of four siblings, and was forced to leave the University of Rhode Island in her junior year with more than $100,000 in student loan debt.
She went through her entire life mostly apolitical but, like many black Americans, “I was repulsed by the idea of conservatism. It was reflexive,” she said. “I knew I had to be a Democrat and that all black conservatives are traitors.”
But President Trump’s 2016 “What have you got to lose” pitch to the black community opened her eyes, and in 2017 she began posting pro-conservative videos to YouTube. By 2018, Owens had founded the “Blexit” movement to help black Americans leave the “Democrat plantation.” She believes she flipped the script on blacks who leaned right.
“Being a black conservative was almost an unspeakable crime,” she said. “I think I changed the game on that.”
Boosting her claim were the new faces seen at the Republican National Convention in August. There were 11 black speakers over the four-night televised event, up from six in 2016. They included South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Georgia Assemblyman Vernon Jones and Baltimore congressional candidate Kim Klacik.
Owens particularly admires Klacik, the 38-year-old political upstart whose video slamming Democratic leaders went viral in August. “She definitely gets it,” said Owens.
In a few short years, Owens has gone from lightning rod to radioactive, after she spoke about George Floyd’s criminal past.
Owens waved off any “conspiracy theories” about being ostracized from her regular stints on Fox News and being excluded from speaking at the RNC in the wake of her 18-minute video takedown of Floyd. Cardi B joined in the taunting: “Trump didn’t have you talk at the RNC convention,” she tweeted.
But six-months-pregnant Owens, who is expecting with husband George Farmer, a British conservative, insisted she deliberately stepped back from media appearances and, she told Cardi, declined a filmed spot at the convention.
“Political personalities don’t speak at the RNC convention,” Owens told The Post. While critics pointed out that Owens has burned bridges on both sides of the aisle, she insisted, “There’s no conservative I have any issues with . . . but there is a small tribe of black conservatives who want me dead.”
Still, the angriest flak she gets comes from the left.
The video that garnered 100 million views didn’t end in the usual social-media trolling. The FBI called her in July warning her of credible death threats. “Someone created a GoFundMe to kill me,” Owens said, adding that she now has a full-time security team.
She predicts Trump will secure 20 percent of the black vote in November (up from 8 percent in 2016), and has a plea for black America: “Wake up — ask yourself some tough questions. Has it gotten better for you under decades of Democratic rule?”
Owens says the president still calls her to check in. “Trump and I are pretty chummy,” she said. And like Trump, Owens, who has floated the possibility of a political run, said she has one race in mind: “I’d run for president only.”
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