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BuzzFeed Defends Reporter After Candace Owens Says They’re Working on ‘Hit Piece’ (UPDATED)

Candace Owens, the Turning Point USA official who came to national prominence after getting a shoutout from Kanye West, called out BuzzFeed today and claimed they’re working on a “hit piece” about her.

Owens has met with West since his comments about her, which eventually reached the ears of President Trump, who thanked both West for his support and Owens for “having a big impact on politics in our Country.”

Owens claimed that BuzzFeed has been “attempting to threaten current college girls” she worked with for information on on a story:

BuzzFeed News reporter Joe Bernstein confirmed Owens is talking about a report he’s been working on. But he denied the claims made by Owens in the Tweet:

Tonight the BuzzFeed News Twitter account responded to Owens, defending Bernstein’s reporting and saying Owens is “mislead[ing] her followers” by smearing him:

Owens continued slamming BuzzFeed in response and said “you do not scare me”:

And yes, as BuzzFeed noted above, this has reached the attention of Donald Trump Jr., who has made a point of saying that he too likes the way she thinks.

UPDATE –– 7:34 pm ET: Bernstein’s report has dropped and, well, it’s a doozy.

It turns out that less than two years ago Owens ran a website called Degree180 which had a decidedly different outlook on Trump than she does now:

Owens, suddenly a new face of the American right, was less than two years ago the CEO of an online publication that frequently mocked then-candidate Trump, including conducting a mock “investigation” into his penis size. (The story determined that it was likely very small.) And in a 2015 column for the site lambasting conservative Republicans, Owens wrote that it was “good news” that the “Republican Tea Party…will eventually die off (peacefully in their sleep, we hope.)”

Wow.

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