Conservative commentator Candace Owens has reemerged in the public conversation in light of recent disparaging comments made following the deaths of African-Americans George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. Owens, an African-American woman in an ideological sphere not typically associated with her demographic, even had her comments boosted by President Trump.

As Black Lives Matter supporters take to streets en masse in the wake of Floyd’s death, Owens, in an interview with Glenn Beck, described Floyd as “not a good person,” and called him a symbol of “broken culture” amongst African Americans.

She also erroneously speculated that George Soros – the Hungarian-born progressive billionaire who has been targeted by right-wing conspiracy theorists – might be funding the protests.

Prior to this most recent flashpoint moment in American race relations, Owens also derided Arbery and questioned whether his criminal past meant that he was not “just a jogger.” Arbery, who was unarmed, was gunned down in Georgia after two white men attempted to make a citizens arrest.

Owens, 31, has had a long history of incendiary remarks on race, politics, and nationalism in America. In April 2019, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., played a video of Owens speaking favorably of Adolf Hitler during a House Judiciary meeting on hate crimes and white nationalism.

“I actually don't have any problems at all with the word nationalism,” Owens said in the video. “… Globalism is what I don't want. So when you think about -- whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about -- at least in America -- is Hitler. You know, he was a national socialist, but if Hitler had just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine.”

As noted in other profiles, Owens has also attempted a “Blexit” movement and has proudly identified herself as an “Uncle Tom,” a derogatory term used to describe African Americans that are forgiving of or willingly subservient to white oppression.

Currently employed by the right-wing think-tank PragerU, Owens notably worked as communications director for Turning Point USA, another prominent conservative-activism group. She credits her conversion to conservatism to the harassment she received in relation to the “GamerGate” movement, which she attributed to liberals.

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Commentator Candace Owens speaks during CPAC 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland, March 1, 2019. Mark Wilson/Getty Images