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Dear Candace Owens (Part 2)

Most recently, in a podcast and three, well, rants, you accuse a segment of Jews of being dishonest, disgusting, manipulative, thugs, and Marxists. 
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February 21, 2024
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Dear Candace,

The last time we chatted (ok, I wrote to you), you were defending Kanye West for his antisemitic tirades. It was unclear whether you were doing this as his friend or because you agreed with him (though your obnoxious tone suggested the latter).

The past four months have made it all much clearer. Most recently, in a podcast and three, well, rants, you accuse a segment of Jews of being dishonest, disgusting, manipulative, thugs, and Marxists. 

So, to use your favorite expression, let’s be honest here:

Sure, there are Marxist Jews. And they’ve caused us a lot of problems. But they don’t like Israel any more than you seem to. They are not the ones defending Israel against the incessant attacks from Democrats that you have proclaimed to hate. In fact, some have helped to create terrorism-friendly campuses and are taking part in the daily, violent pro-Hamas protests.

You go after “DC Jews” and call them a fringe element, a “rot” in the Jewish community, comparing them to Black Lives Matter activists. Again, you’re a little confused. 

You go after “DC Jews” and call them a fringe element, a “rot” in the Jewish community, comparing them to Black Lives Matter activists. Again, you’re a little confused. Pro-Israel Jews do not “use” antisemitism the way BLM activists use racism. Since Oct. 7, antisemitic incidents in the U.S. have risen 400%. The reason all your “best friends” growing up didn’t call out antisemitism is because it wasn’t as big of a problem then as it is today. 

Or maybe your friends are status leftists who prefer to be silent on these issues precisely because of people like you — who would use it against them?

Regarding the two ads the Israeli government took out for the Super Bowl: Those ads were meant to remind Americans that Hamas still holds 134 hostages — five of whom are Americans. Both President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken are as confused about Hamas as you are. Hamas is not the “government” of Arabs who identify as “Palestinian,” as you claim. They’re terrorists. Are you now pro-terrorism — or just when it comes to Jews? 

Yes, the U.S. gives Israel aid — but nearly all of it must be used to buy American weapons. They’re called Foreign Military Financing grants, meaning they simultaneously give Americans jobs. Maybe if your new bffs stopped trying to destroy Israel these grants would not be needed.

Despite all the nasty stuff you just said about us, let’s assume for a moment that you do like Jews — that many of your “best friends” have in fact been Jewish — and you don’t hate Israel. Let’s assume all of this is coming from the neo-isolationism that Tucker Carlson and the Freedom Caucus espouse. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who believes Jews use space lasers to control the world, was a key member of the Caucus.

There are numerous problems with this neo-isolationism, but since being “America first” is key to who you claim to be today, let’s just look at one: Iran. You may not be aware of this, but Iran doesn’t like America. Iran calls us the “Great Satan.” Iran is also part of the new axis of evil — Russia, China, North Korea — that Carlson doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Which country has the best intel on Iran? That tiny homeland of the Jewish people. Why? Because Israel is “Little Satan” to Iran. Why does Israel have better intel on Iran than the U.S.? Because they’ve had to. Maybe you don’t know this but both Hamas and Hezbollah are Iranian proxies. 

You talk a lot about “emotional manipulation” — indoctrination, brainwashing. We couldn’t agree with you more: The Democratic Party, which is no longer liberal, have become experts at it.

But so have you. Because I don’t think you’re lacking in facts as much as you pretend to be. On the subject of Israel, you seem to want to believe leftist/Marxist lies. 

But your followers are not, um, smart enough to see through your emotional manipulation. And they don’t want to. Most are ultra-nationalist white Christians who don’t like blacks or Jews. They’re willing to overlook your skin color because you incessantly attack blacks and Jews. What do you think they would do if you stopped?

For instance, what if you started to focus on the hundreds of thousands of black slaves across North Africa and the Middle East — owned by Arabs, the very same Arabs you are now aligned with? This has been going on since the Arabs invaded Africa in the seventh century. Do you think that maybe you’ve been emotionally manipulated by the very same people who call all blacks abidin, meaning “slaves”?

As you repeatedly say, all your life Jews have been very good to you — both as friends and employers. But you’ve now attached yourself to the ultra-nationalist/neo-isolationist wing of the GOP, and they, like their parents and grandparents, don’t like Jews. Instead of trying to reconcile this, as an honest person would, you’ve taken the antisemitic way out: blaming Jews for antisemitism. 

Hitler, for whom you have expressed great admiration, would indeed be proud.


Karen Lehrman Bloch is editor in chief of White Rose Magazine.

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