Candace Owens is quite displeased with how the coronavirus has affected her Whole Foods experience.
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The conservative pundit recounted on Twitter how she and her husband were questioned by a police officer for not wearing face masks during their trip to a Whole Foods they frequent in Washington D.C.
“WOW. Just had a police officer called over to me and my husband at Whole Foods bc we were not wearing masks. We come to this @WholeFoods EVERY DAY. Apparently beginning yesterday, it is now illegal to come in without a mask,” Owens tweeted. “Total deaths in D.C from Covid? 69. WTF if going on?”
Just last week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order requiring “all grocery stores and food markets in the city to require customers to wear face masks before entering,” the Hill reports.
WOW. Just had a police officer called over to me and my husband at Whole Foods bc we were not wearing masks. We come to this @WholeFoods EVERY DAY. Apparently beginning yesterday, it is now illegal to come in without a mask. Total deaths in D.C from Covid? 69. WTF if going on?
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 14, 2020
“So what happens if I don’t want to wear a mask at Whole Foods?” Owens said during a Periscope video she posted in response to the ordeal. “Am I going to get arrested?”
Despite Owens making the ordeal more about her freedoms, many zoomed in on the fact about how frequently she admitted to visiting Whole Foods.
Why the fuck are you going to the supermarket everyday? Ever heard of a fucking refrigerator?
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) April 14, 2020
EVERY DAY seems a lot to go to Whole Foodshttps://t.co/u8PPzGYxGD
— Josh Glancy (@joshglancy) April 14, 2020
Anyone who can afford Whole Foods every day in this economy can probably afford the material for a mask https://t.co/LNhdY3v6J3
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) April 14, 2020
“I do go to Whole Foods every other day, minimally,” Owens said. “Sometimes I go every day, and I know that sounds crazy but I live near Whole Foods, I love to cook and there’s always one thing that I forget.”
Bowser issued a stay-at-home order for the D.C. area, effective April 1-24, which still allows residents to go to the grocery store.
“This is now butting into something that is tyrannical,” Owens said about the local government’s response to the coronavirus. “This is not a quarantine, this is house arrest.”
Owens told her almost 70,000 Periscope viewers that she’s not a part of the “corona crazies,” and touted she has yet to wear a mask while out in public.
It’s time to let the tin-foil hats stay home while the rest of us get back to work. They can order their groceries and toilet paper to their homes as they continue to wait for the #coronapocalypse. Freedom means they are free to stay, we are free to go.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 14, 2020
“I’m one of those people who believe first and foremost that you should expose yourself to germs because it helps you to build up immunity to anything,” Owens said.
Some, such as CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, pointed out to Owens that Bowser’s order attempts to protect employees still working at local grocery stores from further exposure to the coronavirus.
WTF is going on? The DC mayor announced last week that all shoppers at grocery stores need to wear masks in order to keep employees, who are still going in to work every day and serving their community, safe during the pandemic. https://t.co/ITRJQ9SRw2 https://t.co/8tq3DJwo8B
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 14, 2020
Activist DeRay McKesson quote-tweeted Owens’ tweet with the response, “I guess racism is real, eh,” taking a jab at Owen’s past attempts to “disprove the existence of racism.”
— deray (@deray) April 14, 2020
During her Periscope video, Owens continually compared responses to the coronavirus to that of the flu, criticizing local governments for not responding in a manner she saw as fair, she said.
“This is a complete violation of all our freedoms,” Owens said.
Owens’ response is similar to that of other conservative pundits.
In March, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, characterized the coronavirus as “10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.”
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