Candace Owens slams Sam Harris for saying only 'experts' can have opinions on vaccines

"Well, the experts have told us the world's gonna end about 10 times since I've been born. The problem is it just keeps not ending, Sam," Owens said.

Daily Wire host Candace Owens responded to author Sam Harris's implication that she "should not have an opinion" on topics such as vaccines, climate change, and war in Ukraine because she's not a "relevant expert," slamming him as "authoritarian."

"We're swimming in a sea of misinformation, where you've got people who are moving the opinions of millions of others who should not have an opinion on these topics," said Harris on a Lex Fridman's podcast earlier this week. "Like, there's no there is no scenario in which you should be getting your opinion about vaccine safety, or climate change, or the war in Ukraine, or anything else that we might want to talk about from Candace Owens. Like, she's not a relevant expert on any of those topics. And what's more, she doesn't seem to care.... and she's living in a culture that has amplified that not-caring into a business model, and an effective business model."

On Wednesday, Owens first shot back with "You heard him! Unless you are an 'expert,' you are not at all entitled to have an opinion about anything. Even the drugs that those who are motivated by profit are telling you to take. Even the manner in which your hard-earned money is being spent overseas."

"No opinions, please!" she added.

In a follow-up segment on her podcast, Owens tore into Harris's logic that only "experts" could have opinions, arguing that "the experts keep being wrong."

"They are the experts. They know what's best. They know what to do with your money. Just trust them. Trust the process," Owens mused. "If it seems unfair, it's because you're not smart enough to understand why it is fair. You know what it is? You're not smart enough to have an opinion."

She then poked fun at Harris, who she said has been "very upset" that she has a platform. 

"He's very upset that people listened to me, he is very upset that I have an opinion about things that I can't possibly understand. Right? I'm not an expert. How could I know? My tax dollars? Why would I care? Why should I even talk about the fact that they are bailing out SV bank?" she said.

She then played the clip of Harris calling her out for her audience, before diving into a deeper analysis of his claims.

"Oh, you heard it there. That ends this podcast. This is gonna be the last podcast I ever do. Sick burn right there," she joked. "I'm not an expert. I don't know how I have the audacity, who ordained me the right to have an opinion? I mean, yeah, okay, it's my tax dollars, it's our tax dollars, but who cares? Just listen to people like Sam Harris tell you what to do."

She continued on a serious note, "Why would somebody make a decision not to get a vaccine, when clearly, the experts who are going to get kickbacks… the people that have invested… who have placed their stocks, basically, in having us forced to take this vaccine... Why wouldn't you just believe them? Who cares if they have financial motivations when they tell you to roll up your sleeve? Who cares if they're financially motivated when they tell your children to roll up their sleeves?"

Owens went on to cite climate activist Greta Thunberg, who made her name for skipping school in order to garner attention to her cause, as a supposed "expert" that those like Harris would rather people listen to.

"They are, indeed, the experts. So just trust them. Trust little Greta Thunberg, she's now an expert too. I know they keep being wrong," she said. "And that is maybe the only thing I would say to Sam Harris. The experts keep being wrong. So what makes some experts? Why would you take your advice from Candace Owens about climate change?"

"Well, the experts have told us the world's gonna end about 10 times since I've been born. The problem is it just keeps not ending, Sam," the conservative commentator continued. "So maybe, call me crazy, maybe the experts are wrong. Maybe even us regular folk who are able to think have a right to express our opinions. Maybe we're tired of being lectured by people who have degrees and are so convinced of their own superiority. You see what Sam Harris is, and what these quote-unquote 'experts' are, are authoritarians."

She concluded, "They believe, as I've told you before, that just by being given a degree from certain universities, they have the right to rule over people like you and me. So you need to instead, listen to Sam Harris's podcast because he's an expert. He went to Stanford University and he has a PhD."

As previously reported by the Daily Wire, Owens last month called out Harris and others like him for "discouraging people from doing their own research and only relying on the so-called experts." 

During that episode of her show, Owens pulled a quote from author and economist Thomas Sowell: "People who have acquired academic degrees, without acquiring many economically meaningful skills, not only face personal disappointment and disaffection with society, but also have often become negative factors in the economy and even sources of danger […]."

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