Candace Owens team paid for attendees to travel to White House event
Wearing a mask was not required to enter the event
Black Conservative activist Candace Owens led a group of visitors to a Trump event at the White House. ABC News now reports that Owens 'group has paid "BLEXIT" for some visitors' travel and accommodation.
Activist Candace Owens speaks to guests during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)
BLEXIT, a nickname for Black Exit, refers to black people who left the Democratic Party to become Republicans.
The White House event featured President Donald Trump, who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and who did not enforce social distancing.
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"EVERYONE MUST BRING A MASK TO BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS," said a private email from ABC News. "Absolutely no exceptions."
However, wearing a mask was not required for entry. Participants had to undergo a COVID-19 screening on the morning of the event, which, according to ABC News, consisted of a temperature test and a short questionnaire.
United States President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in support of law and order on the White House lawn on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum / Getty Images)
Supporters attended a planned BLEXIT event called “BLEXIT Back the Blue” to support police officers. After this event, the group went to Trump's "HUGE outdoor rally".
According to reports, the BLEXIT campaign used its funds to pay guests to attend the event. Some on social media speculate that Owens and her supporters are being used as puppets to help improve Trump's image among blacks.
"We are not interested in participating in your overt media angle to slander / attack the president on Covid-19," Owens responded to ABC News' request for comment. “[The BLEXIT Back the Blue] event focuses on supporting law enforcement in minority communities.
It is not known how much money was used.
Read more: Trump vows not to participate in the virtual debate with Biden
White House spokesman Judd Deere told ABC News that the administration was not involved in housing people.
Trump is currently struggling with support among black voters as Joe Biden ranked him 88% to 9% among black voters, according to an ABC / Washington Post poll on Sept. 26.
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