Ever since President Donald Trump was afflicted with the coronavirus and had to be hospitalized, the president was anxious to get back on the trails to hold rallies in support of his re-election bid. The first public rally since Trump was hospitalized that took place this past Saturday was held on the White House South Lawn. Although the president hasn’t been home a week from his bout with the coronavirus, the event didn’t require any social distancing, testing, or even face masks for attendees.
According to ABC News, some of the Black guests that attended Saturday’s White House event on the South Lawn had their travel and lodging paid for by controversial conservative pundit Candace Owens and her group BLEXIT (a campaign urging Black Americans to leave the Democratic Party), according to emails obtained by ABC News.
Those attendees were also scheduled to attend a separate BLEXIT event before the rally at the White House earlier in the day. They were invited to attend a “HUGE outdoor rally” by the group and also asked to fill out a form that informed them that BLEXIT will be paying for their travel costs.
Guests were later informed they would be receiving an invitation from the White House to attend an event with Trump.
According to a schedule obtained by ABC News, guests will initially attend a “BLEXIT Back the Blue event” on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument before heading over to the South Lawn for the president’s rally.
ABC News reached out to Owens about the events and she remarked, “We are not interested in participating in your obvious media angle here to slander/attack the President regarding COVID-19.” She also stated that Saturday’s event “is about supporting law enforcement in minority communities.” It is not immediately clear how many of those set to attend the event had their travel costs covered.
Owens, who started BLEXIT back in 2018, told ABC News it is an organization “with the purpose of educating minorities about conservative principles (free markets, entrepreneurship, capitalism, etc) — concepts and theories that can truly transform and uplift our communities.”
“We stand in unapologetic, stark contrast to leftist ideologies that have destroyed our communities for decades,” Owens said.