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Greg Gutfeld said it is a "big deal" that rapper Kanye West defended conservative activist Candace Owens against attacks over her political ideology.

Owens, who is black, has been criticized for her support of President Donald Trump and for her conservative political thoughts.

West tweeted that he "loves the way Candace Owens thinks" and later added that "self-victimization is a disease."

"We have freedom of speech but not freedom of thought," West added.

Toure, a former MSNBC host and writer, ripped West for liking "people with anti-black policies," which Gutfeld said was effectively a "cowardly jab at Owens for daring to speak up."

Comedian Tom Arnold reacted West's comments by calling Owens an "alt-right race pimp" who thinks "Donald Trump is literally the Messiah."

Owens later responded to some of her critics, including Arnold and New York Daily News columnist Shaun King, by saying that "when white men, rush to viciously attack the freedom of two black people who refuse to be pawns to a leftist ideology—it should ring as a wake up call to the world about who the real racists are."

"A market has always and will always exist for men and women like this who say what bigoted white folk love to hear," King tweeted.

Arnold then responded to Owens with a profane sexual reference.

Gutfeld said West's defense of Owens was "a big deal."

"He challenged the mob," Gutfeld said. "Their goal is to stigmatize. Smears always shut down debate."

He said West didn't endorse Owens' beliefs, just her freedom of thought.

"There's nothing scarier to a leftist than a free thinker," he said.

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