Candace Owens accuses George Soros of funding Minneapolis rioters

As protests in Minneapolis turned violent, conservative commentator Candace Owens is accusing leftist billionaire George Soros of funding rioters in order to produce chaos and anarchy.

Some 250 businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been vandalized, looted, or burned down since the protests began, the StarTribune reported on Saturday.

After Minneapolis officials claimed that most of the rioters who were setting fires and looting were not from the area, Owens predicted that Soros had the rioters on his “payroll.”

“The Minneapolis chief of police just confirmed that many of the protesters that are burning down the city are NOT FROM MINNEAPOLIS. My guess: As he did with Antifa, Democrat George Soros has these thugs on payroll. He is funding the chaos via his Open Society Foundation,” Owens tweeted Thursday.

The Soros-funded operation promptly shot back that they “do not pay people to protest” and accused Owens of trying to “distract” from the police brutality evident in the death of George Floyd.

Money for protests

Owens wasn’t buying Open Society’s line, and became even more passionate in her tweets. “Please do not throw money at black Americans to riot and then have the nerve to think we are so stupid as to believe the money was given out of genuine caring. You got what you wanted in Minnesota. Your organization is a disgrace and Soros himself is absolute filth in my book,” she tweeted.

Owens has been vocal in her concerns about the protests since Tuesday, when she compared protesters to “trained chimpanzees” that riot when the press tells them to get angry, during a YouTube livestream. The comment drew widespread criticism because of its racist connotations.

“Every four years”

On Wednesday, Owens tweeted that violent and destructive protests happen “every four years” when the “black community takes the media bait,” blaming athletes and other celebrities for encouraging the destruction.

“WE DO THIS. TO OURSELVES,” she tweeted.

Taking the opposite tack, Minneapolis’ Democrat mayor Jacob Frey sought to blame the riots on “white supremacists.”

“We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region,” Frey tweeted Saturday. However, a report by KARE 11 appears to contradict the mayor, showing that most of the arrestees were Minnesota residents.

Protests and unrest continued on Saturday. The city has imposed a curfew as it braces for a fifth night of protests. Curfews have also been announced in others cities around the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

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