Candace Owens, communications director for Turning Point USA, said the mainstream media coverage of President Trump's meeting with Kanye West has been "absolutely despicable."

Trump and the rapper met at the White House on Thursday to discuss a wide range of topics, including racism, gun control and the violence in Chicago. The duo preempted the lunch meeting with a highly entertaining press conference.

Many pundits slammed the Trump-West summit, with CNN anchor Don Lemon calling it an "embarrassment," MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle saying it was "an assault on our White House," and New York Times columnist Michael Eric Dyson dubbing it "white supremacy by ventriloquism."

On "Fox & Friends" Friday, Owens said West understands that the policies of the Democratic Party have hurt the black community, and he is bold enough to embrace Trump and work with him to find solutions.


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"The paradigm has shifted," Owens said. "Black conservatives will no longer be fearful. Black conservatives are willing to speak out. We are excited. It finally feels like it's our time. And the commentary means nothing. It will not dissuade us from speaking out," Owens said.

She said the left's backlash to West's support of the president illuminates their own fear and insecurity.

"They're fearful that they are losing control and that they're losing power," Owens said. "They never saw an awakening in the black community, that we might start to understand our history and understand they are our oppressors, that they have always been our oppressors. We will no longer let them oppress us."


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