Candace Owens, spokeswoman for the advocacy group Turning Point USA, questioned Joe Biden’s racial track record in her address at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on Friday.
She delivered her remarks during the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Owens took issue with Biden’s claim that he entered the presidential race because of the Charlottesville attacks, which he explained in a video released by his campaign on Thursday.
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
Owens suggested the former vice president and 2020 Democratic candidate used a false narrative of the attacks as motivation to run for office.
“Joe mentioned the Charlottesville attacks again, the one where our president clearly and specifically condemned both Nazis and white supremacists, words which the media carefully edited out, but Joe says that that’s the moment, Charlottesville, that’s the moment that he realized that he had to step up and save the nation.”
Owens said that Biden inferred President Trump’s supporters are racist, and is deflecting attention away from his own track record of race relations.
According to Owens, Biden supported segregation in the 1970s and advocated for the 1994 crime bill (which Owens claims led to the mass incarceration of black men).
She also brought up the fact that Biden has publicly claimed deceased Democratic West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was a mentor and friend.
Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
“And now he wants us to believe that he is a champion against racism,” Owens concluded, “I’m going to have to pass on this one, creepy Joe.”
The convention is being held at the Indiana Convention Center April 26-28.
The event is expected to draw more than 80,000 attendees.
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