Candace Owens hammers ‘leftists’ and 'stands with every patriot in this country and Trump' after US Capitol riot
CANDACE Owens has told critics on the Left that she "stands with every patriot in this country" and doesn't regret her support for Donald Trump.
It comes after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday in a bid to stop the certification of November's election result – drawing criticism of the president from both sides of the political divide.
Owens is a conservative author and political activist who in recent years has become known as one of the president's most vocal advocates.
She is most associated with the Blexit organisation, founded to encourage African-Americans and other minority communities not to vote for the Democratic Party.
Since November's election, she has also publicly backed Trump's unfoundedclaims of voter fraud.
Taking to twitter last night, she wrote: "Just a quick tweet to remind all of you leftists that I have zero shame about having supported @realDonaldTrump for the last 4 years and I stand unapologetically with every patriot in this country.
"Your smears have and will continue to inspire me. I will never be silenced."
The unrest on Wednesday came just hours after Trump spoke at a rally of supporters nearby in Washington DC.
"We're going to walk down to the Capitol," he said.
"And we're gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.
"And we're probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you'll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong."
The riot that followed saw lawmakers evacuated from Congress, some of their offices ransacked, and left at least five people – including a police officer – dead.
At least 68 people were arrested in the immediate aftermath, and cops have now released images of many others wanted on federal charges.
Trump's role in encouraging the unrest has drawn sharp criticism from both sides of the political divide.
Speaking on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "In calling for this seditious act, the president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation, and our people."
She went on to echo a call by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer for the vice president and cabinet to remove Trump from office using the 25th amendment.
A number of members of Congress, led by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), have said they are drawing up articles of impeachment to be presented to the House of Representatives.
Discussing the riot at a press conference on Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior figure in the Republican Party, said the Capitol had been "taken over by domestic terrorists that are not Patriots".
"I supported President Trump," he said.
"I think his [presidency] has been consequential from a conservative point of view. [But it] was tarnished by yesterday.
"When it comes to accountability, the President needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution.
"That the rally yesterday was unseemly, it got out of hand."
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