Candace Owens: Tensions are reaching a boiling point at The Daily Wire as the ongoing conflict between founder Ben Shapiro and prominent contributor Candace Owens spills into the public arena. The ideological clash centers around their differing perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exposing deep divides within the right-wing media outlet.
Roots of Discord: Shapiro’s Support for Israel vs. Owens’ Criticism
The feud, simmering for weeks, revolves around Shapiro’s steadfast support for Israel’s actions in response to the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas militants. As a prominent Jewish figure, Shapiro has been a vocal advocate for Israel’s actions. However, Owens has taken an opposing stance, criticizing what she perceives as a disproportionate response impacting Palestinian civilians.
Public Display of Disagreement: Social Media Sparks Fly
The public disagreement escalated when Owens, known for her unfiltered commentary, took to social media to express her views. In a recent tweet, she asserted, “No government anywhere has a right to commit a genocide, ever,” drawing the ire of pro-Israel advocates. In response, Shapiro, in a surprising turn, privately called Owens’ commentary “absolutely disgraceful” during an event.
Freedom of Speech or Internal Strife? Daily Wire’s Dilemma
The incident raises questions about The Daily Wire’s commitment to free speech, considering its past posturing as a platform dedicated to open discourse. Despite this, a video emerged showing Shapiro criticizing Owens for her views during a private event, sparking debates about the true nature of ideological diversity within the organization.
Biblical Quotes and Professionalism: Owens and Shapiro Lock Horns
The conflict took an unexpected turn when Owens responded to Shapiro’s criticism by quoting a verse from the biblical gospel of Matthew. This triggered a heated exchange where Shapiro, visibly incensed, suggested Owens quit if she felt the job conflicted with her principles. In response, Owens accused Shapiro of being “utterly out of line” for challenging her ability to quote scripture.
Owens Speaks Out: Interview with Tucker Carlson
In an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Owens addressed the escalating tensions and the video of Shapiro criticizing her commentary. She emphasized that the video spoke more to Shapiro’s character than hers and expressed disappointment that Shapiro had not contacted her privately to discuss the matter.
The Unraveling Spat: Owens’ Ultimatum
As the dispute spills into the public sphere, Owens has made her position clear. Responding to Shapiro’s suggestion that she quit, Owens accused him of acting “unprofessional and emotionally unhinged.” She expressed a refusal to tolerate attacks on her use of scripture and emphasized the need for professional conduct within the organization.
Conclusion: The Daily Wire at a Crossroads
The public spat between Shapiro and Owens raises questions about the internal dynamics and commitment to free speech within The Daily Wire. As the disagreement continues to unfold, observers wonder whether ideological differences can coexist within the organization or if it will lead to further fractures in one of the prominent voices of conservative media.