Candace Owens Quits Turning Point USA After Members Demand She Resign

Candice Owens, the GOP dar­ling for the moment, has offi­cial­ly resigned as com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor for Turning Point USA, the right-lean­ing orga­ni­za­tion aimed at edu­cat­ing col­lege stu­dents about “free mar­kets and lim­it­ed gov­ern­ment.
By Ny Magee ‑May 7, 2019


Candace Owens

Candace Owens of Turning Point USA

Candace Owens, the GOP dar­ling for the moment, has offi­cial­ly resigned as com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor for Turning Point USA, the right-lean­ing orga­ni­za­tion aimed at edu­cat­ing col­lege stu­dents about “free mar­kets and lim­it­ed gov­ern­ment,” accord­ing to its web­site.
Owens announced her exit plans in a
 lengthy Instagram post on May 1, and her depar­ture comes amid calls from sup­port­ers and mem­bers of the orga­ni­za­tion for her to step down fol­low­ing con­tro­ver­sial com­ments she made in February about Adolf Hitler.

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  • real­can­dace­owensI am both excit­ed and sad to announce that I will be offi­cial­ly mov­ing on from my role as Communications Director for Turning Point USA
    Charlie and I nev­er could have pre­dict­ed how big things would get since that day I was sprint­ing around a con­fer­ence in Palm Beach try­ing to get any­one to give me a chance. 
    We couldn’t have pre­dict­ed the Kanye tweet. We couldn’t have pre­dict­ed our break­fast with Antifa. And we def­i­nite­ly couldn’t have pre­dict­ed Ted Lieu. 
    And yet here we are. 
    Turning Point is an amaz­ing orga­ni­za­tion that is fight­ing a cul­tur­al war on col­lege cam­pus­es. Watching the way in which this orga­ni­za­tion has grown has been one of the great­est hon­ors of my life. 
    We love our free­dom-fight­ing stu­dents. We love our cam­pus clash­es. I have loved every sin­gle minute of trav­el­ing the coun­try and learn­ing the real spir­it of this amaz­ing nation. 
    But the sad truth is that the major­i­ty of black Americans don’t nev­er make it to col­lege. 
    My dream has always been sim­ple— to wake up black America — To turn the lights on with­in a com­mu­ni­ty that has been used and abused by the Democrat par­ty for decades. 
    No one believed my dream was pos­si­ble. Charlie always knew it was. 
    Can we move the black vote 20 point by 2020? That is my vision and I want to pour every sin­gle minute into mak­ing my dream a real­i­ty. 
    With the #BLEXIT move­ment, the Candace Owens pod­cast, and my upcom­ing book— I no longer feel I can be a ded­i­cat­ed com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor to an orga­ni­za­tion that is right­ful­ly grow­ing rapid­ly. 
    In many ways, today feels like a grad­u­a­tion! I have learned so much and want to thank all of our stu­dents, and espe­cial­ly Tyler Bowyer and Charlie Kirk for giv­ing me this amaz­ing plat­form and oppor­tu­ni­ty to do what I love most. 
    All that aside— I will of course still be speak­ing at all Turning Point con­fer­ences and will con­tin­ue to chair the annu­al Black Leadership Summit in the fall. 
    So sign up peo­ple! 
    Fittingly — on this week’s episode of the Candace Owens Show, Charlie and I will take a trip down mem­o­ry lane. Be sure to tune in! We couldn’t be more excit­ed to share this con­ver­sa­tion with the world. 

While speak­ing at a London event to launch a U.K. chap­ter of TPUSA, she argued that Hitler was an “OK” leader until he tried to take his mes­sage of geno­cide glob­al. “If Hitler just want­ed to make Germany great and have things run well, OK fine,” she saidin response to a ques­tion about nation­al­ism. “The prob­lem is he had dreams out­side of Germany. He want­ed to glob­al­ize … he want­ed every­one to be German.”After that com­ment, sev­er­al Turning Point cam­pus chap­ters fired off a let­ter call­ing for her to resign, accord­ing to The Daily Beast.Turning Point USA is above this thought­less and divi­sive rhetoric, and as Chapters, Presidents, and Leaders of Turning Point USA, we will no longer stand idly by as they con­tin­ue,” they wrote in a state­ment. “We don’t believe Candace Owens to be the most effec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion for Turning Point USA, as Communications Director or oth­er­wise. Meanwhile, in her farewell post on Instagram, Owens describes TPUSA as an “amaz­ing” group that’s fight­ing a so-called “cul­tur­al war on col­lege campuses.”She also notes both her excite­ment and sor­row over “offi­cial­ly mov­ing on from my role as Communications Director for Turning Point USA.” In many ways, today feels like a grad­u­a­tion!” Owens added.

The FOX News con­trib­u­tor said she still plans to appear at future con­fer­ences for the con­ser­v­a­tive non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion and will con­tin­ue to chair the annu­al Black LeadershipSummit. But her focus will now be on push­ing her “Blexit” move­ment, a plat­form she uses to con­vince more Black vot­ers to join the Republican party.“My dream has always been sim­ple— to wake up black America — To turn the lights on with­in a com­mu­ni­ty that has been used and abused by the Democrat par­ty for decades,” she wrote in her Instagram post.
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