Is Candace Owens on her way out at The Daily Wire? I don’t know the answer to that question. But if Ben Shapiro’s recent commentary is anything to go by, then there may be trouble in paradise.
Owens was criticized recently for her flirtation with antisemites of the right during Israel’s fight against Hamas. In an interview on November 7, she said that Israel forced Muslims to live in the “Muslim Quarters” and used this as a supposed proof of apartheid. In reality, Israeli Muslims enjoy full rights and can live anywhere they choose.
Candace Owens legit thought the “Muslim quarter” is where Muslims are permitted to live https://t.co/kEnWFtV9Lp
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) November 7, 2023
Owens has recently claimed on her show that those who are pro-Israel do so because of the money they receive, a trop Rep. Ilhan infamously repeated a few years ago. She also claimed that social support for Israel had “virtually collapsed” and that pro-Hamas protests were proof of this. Support for Israel is still above the supermajority in the United States.
Also, it’s worth noting Owens’ close relationship with Kanye (or whatever name he goes by now), who suffered a long-lasting antisemitic break in 2022. To be clear, “antisemitic collapse” does not mean that he said vague things that could have gone either way. He literally praised Hitler.
Shapiro has apparently had it. He is an Orthodox Jew and one of The Daily Wire’s founders. On Monday night, when asked about the behavior of his host, Shapiro didn’t hold anything back.
Well here’s a welcome surprise.@benshapiro speaks up, publicly calling out Candace Owens for her too cute by half anti-Semitism as “disgraceful.”
“It’s not faux sophistication, it’s ridiculous.” pic.twitter.com/WaFyD2fPCb
— Eli Steinberg (@HaMeturgeman) November 14, 2023
SHAPIRO: The question was indeed about Candace Owens. Her behavior has been disgraceful, I believe. It’s a certainty.
She is still employed by my company and I find her behavior to be disgraceful. Her faux sophistication in these specific issues is ridiculous. Her sophistication is not the issue. It’s ridiculous. The things she says and does are disreputable.
It’s an understatement to say that this is shocking. Shapiro says that Owens was still working for his company at the time the video was shot (we didn’t know what the exact situation was as of Tuesday afternoon). It is rare to see such animosity in the open, especially when dealing with media companies.
Shapiro’s actions are wrong? I don’t believe so, because you could reasonably expect him to have made attempts to reconcile with her before finally criticizing her publicly. Owens instead has doubled down on her antisemitic tropes and repeated outright lies regarding Israel and Hamas.
Owens is not alone among the conservatives I know. I don’t know why they do it, other than the simplistic idea of “owning liberals.” You can read Kira Davis’ excellent criticism of Owens from almost four years back if you want to get a good overview of the issue. Davis was ahead of her time in recognizing what was going on and why this was a problem for the conservative movement.
We’ll watch this closely. The Daily Wire will have to decide whether or not Owens’ business relationship with Shapiro can be sustained.