Republican pundit and author of Candace Owens, blasted professional basketball player LeBron James for spreading the "racist, anti-police, black lives matter LIE."
She argued this lie was directly related to the motivation of the gunman who, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department, "walked up on (two) deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation" in the recent, brutal shooting of two LA police officers. The two officers, one man and one woman, were in critical condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to their heads.
Owens, author of Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democratic Plantation, followed up her initial message to James by pointing out that "pea-brained athletes" putting "the name of an alleged RAPIST on their helmets and jerseys" leads criminals to "begin believing they are acting as heroes." LeBron James, or as he styles himself on Twitter "@KingJames," has yet to comment.
On Sunday, Owens spoke to Mark Levin on his Life, Liberty & Levin, and said that James' framing privilege as white didn't make any sense in the context of his life.
"He's got a white gardener, a white chef, all various white people that work for him, white driver. So if that's racism, LeBron, please, please share some of that with the rest of us," she said.
She also said that she is not alone in taking notice of celebrity hypocrisy as regards fame, fortune, privilege and BLM.
"If I opened my inbox and showed you the amount of celebrities that have written to me privately, that silent majority that we're always talking about, they've written to me and said, 'I'm finally starting to see the truth. I can't stand being in Hollywood. I'm not allowed to use my voice to say what I actually believe."
She noted that these celebs themselves were not immune to the rampant hypocrisy, of believing one thing personally, yet publicly stating allegiance to something they do not agree with. "These are the same celebrities that are actually posting the black squares on Instagram and saying 'We must care about black lives.' And they're saying they're doing it basically under duress because if they don't, they'll lose their entire careers," Owens said.
In a more hopeful tone, Owens said that she believes more people may be gaining the courage to speak with their own voice, and not simply mimic that of a political movement.
"There is something shaking and something happening in this country, and more and more people are awake and alive to what is really at risk, which is really the values and the principles that this country was built upon."
Black Lives Matter protestors later demonstrated at the hospital while the officers were undergoing surgery, leading the police to caution "to the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM...DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People's lives are at stake when ambulances can't get through."
BLM activists were also singing "we hope they die" and "it's a celebration" while Surgeons operated on the two shot officers inside.
The perpetrator is as of yet unidentified, but recently released footage, reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, "shows a figure in dark clothes casually walk up a pathway near the Compton Blue Line station, approaching the deputies’ parked patrol car from behind.
"The person draws closer and turns to face the passenger’s-side door, his steps quickening. Inches from the window, he raises a gun, opens fire and runs back the way he came. Moments later, the passenger door opens, and a deputy stumbles out, hand on head. The driver’s-side door opens soon after. On the radio, a shaky voice mutters: '998 Compton Pax.'
"Recognizing the code for a deputy-involved shooting, a dispatcher asks: "Just happened?"
"Compton Pax, deputies down,” the voice says, almost unintelligibly. "Compton Pax 998.'"
The Deputies are, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, "recovering, a double miracle." One is a 31-year-old mother with a 6-year-old son, and the other is a 24-year-old man. There was "no rhyme or reason to it; it is an act of a coward," Villanueva added.