Candace Owens was slammed online for branding Juneteenth 'sooo lame' after it was turned into a federal holiday, and said she'd be celebrating July 4th instead.
President Joe Biden signed a law Thursday to make 'Juneteenth National Independence Day' the 12th public holiday, starting Friday.
Conservative pundit Owens hit out at the decision, calling it an attempt to 'repackage segregation'.
'Juneteenth is soooo lame. Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation,' Owens tweeted. 'I'll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only. I’m American.'
The post was widely mocked on social media.
'Candace Owens would have ratted out the Underground Railroad and turned in Harriet Tubman to the authorities,' tweeted one user.
Juneteenth is 'soooo lame' Owens tweeted, referring to the fact that she's 'American'
Candace Owens is seen on the set of 'Candace' on April 28, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. She sparked controversy on Thursday with her Juneteenth tweet
'Candace Owens makes her living off dumb racist white people who desperately need her to have a platform to justify their racism,' tweeted another.
One user joked, 'Candace Owens will be tweeting something stupid about Juneteenth soon,' before Owens tweeted right on cue.
While few and far between, there were a few users who did thank Owens for putting out the tweet.
Owens has been no stranger to courting controversy over recent months.
In March, she warned that the Equality Act threatened to end competitive sport for women, describing the bill which passed the House as 'unbelievably offensive' and 'quite frankly, insulting.'
Owens said that she was labelled 'a bigot, a hateful individual, a transphobe - the left likes to use these pejoratives when you are just speaking common sense.'
'I find this to be unbelievably offensive: the idea there is nothing different between men and women.
'What they are saying right now is that, LeBron James, when he was at high school, with all his physical prowess, should have been able to say: 'I no longer identify as a man, I identify as a woman,' and he should have been allowed to compete against every other woman, and that would have been deemed equal. An exercise in achieving equality.
'They don't know what equality is. They don't know what equality means.
'They believe in sameness. Making everybody a carbon copy of the others.
In April, Owens called on parents to sue woke schools who seek to 'cancel' conservative thinking among students and teachers.
The conservative commentator said: 'Parents have to start speaking out, not just speaking out, but suing. You have to start suing the schools because they're ruining the lives of young children.'
She was joined on Fox News by Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk, who added: 'Where are the adults that are going to start to stand up and realize that the next generation that's standing up for freedom in our country is worthy of protection, in this situation?
'It takes courage to be a young conservative. It's time for adults to start to protect young people's right to organize and speak their mind.'
Owens added: 'This thought process that we keep seeing that conservatives are not allowed to exist, that being conservative is backwards and it's wrong, and especially when it comes to the education system taking part in this, right?
'Smearing and labeling their own students, these students having to transfer out of schools. This is systematic bullying that's happening, but worse than that, it's propagandist.'
She later praised Andrew Gutmann, 45, who pulled his daughter from $54,000 a year Brearley school as 'an absolute hero' before blasting 'meaningless' degrees like gender studies.
Last month, Owens went after Chrissy Teigen, labeling her a Hollywood 'predator' similar to Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein who has publicly victimized women for years.
Owens tweeted that despite her predatory ways Teigen has been able to get away with 'victimizing' people for years because she was 'protected by Hollywood.'
'People wonder how people like Harvey Weinstein & Epstein were able to victimize people for years despite the fact that “everybody knew”. It’s the same reason Chrissy Teigen has been platformed despite publicly victimizing women for over a decade. Hollywood protects predators.' Owens tweeted.
Owens continued to take aim at Teigen, calling her a 'predator' that has been 'publicly victimizing women for over a decade'
Owens then followed up with a tweet that read #SurvivingChrissyTeigen, a reference to the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries that exposed abuse allegations against the singer
She then followed up with a tweet that read #SurvivingChrissyTeigen, a reference to the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries that exposed abuse allegations against the singer.
The Twitter attack came a day after the political commentator branded the 35-year-old model a 'massive, disgusting hypocrite' after Teigen apologized for sending Courtney Stodden abusive tweets and direct messages encouraging the former teen bride to commit suicide.
Addressing the recent Stodden controversy, Owens penned: 'Chrissy Teigen has offered a public apology to Courtney Stodden for encouraging her to commit suicide as a teenager, but ONLY because I blew the story up.
'The media has given Chrissy a pass for YEARS as she has monstrously attacked people, repeatedly for simply existing.'
The 'second Independence Day': The 155-year push to make June 19th a federal holiday
Juneteenth has been considered America's 'second independence day' since June 19, 1865, when Union Army General George Granger walked into Galveston and declared the last slaves in Texas free
Juneteenth, the day marking the emancipation of slaves in the US, has been made a federal holiday - after 155 years.
President Joe Biden put pen to paper at the White House on Thursday to sign the bill into law, with the first Juneteenth National Independence Day being observed tomorrow.
Vice President Kamala Harris noted in her speech that 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was built by slaves.
The bill passed through Congress, with only 14 Republicans rejecting the measure, citing 'confusion' with July 4, a left-wing 'push for identity politics' and there being too many federal holidays in the US already.
But Juneteenth has been considered America's 'second independence day' since June 19, 1865, when Union Army General George Granger walked into Galveston and declared the last 250,000 slaves in Texas free.
Abraham Lincoln outlawed slavery with the the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, but enforcing the law was dependent on whether the Union army could reach the
It has been celebrated annually and has gone through many iterations - including Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day.
Now it is a national holiday that has been supported by both Democrats and Republicans.
President Biden on Thursday said it was one of the 'greatest honors' of his presidency. He called slavery a 'moral stain' and the 'original sin' that still impacts the US today. VP Harris said it was important to 'teach our children' the part of American history.
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? THE DAY THE LAST SLAVES WERE FREED IN TEXAS
Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and 19th, also is known as Emancipation Day.
It commemorates the day in 1865, after the Confederate states surrendered to end the Civil War, when a Union general arrived in Texas to inform the last group of enslaved African Americans of their freedom under President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
An Emancipation Day celebration in Austin, Texas, in 1900. Juneteenth has been celebrated annually and has gone through many iterations - including Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day. Now it is a national holiday that has been supported by both Democrats and Republicans
It came about two months after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered in Appomattox, Virginia.
Granger put the Emancipation Proclamation into effect and it became law. Since African-Americans have marked the day across the country and many states have followed by making it an official holiday.
Juneteenth activist Opal Lee was recognized by President Joe Biden at the White House celebration where the president made Juneteenth a federal holiday
In 1980, Texas became the first state to officially declare it a holiday. The passing of the bill is celebrated by a statue of State Rep. Al Edwards (D-Houston), who introduced the legislation in 1979.
It is now recognized in 46 other states and the District of Columbia. Major companies such as Twitter and Square have also marked it as a company day off and it is recognized by brands including Nike and Target.
Opal Lee, 94, the 'Grandmother of Juneteenth', was at the White House signing alongside President Biden and VP Kamala Harris.
On June 19, 1939, when she was 12 years old, a white mob stormed her home in Marhsall, Texas, and burned it. When she retired as an elementary school teacher in 1977 and then dedicated her life to activism.
In 2016, she embarked on 1,400 mile walk from Fort Worth to Washington D.C. to urge the Obama administration to make June 19th a national holiday.
Although in part a celebration, the day is also observed solemnly to honor those who suffered during slavery in the United States with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans over 400 years ago.
Many cities across the country hold huge parades and festivals.
This year, Galveston will unveil a 5,000-square-foot memorial called 'Absolute Equality' on the spot where Granger told the slaves they were free.
WHAT MADE IT MORE SIGNIFICANT LAST YEAR AND HOW HAVE CALLS GROWN TO MAKE IT A FEDERAL HOLIDAY?
A statue of Texas State Rep. Al Edwards in Galveston, who introduced legislation in 1979 to make Juneteenth a holiday
Last year, Juneteenth coincided with global protests against racial injustice sparked by the May 25, 2020 death of Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody.
It also accompanied the coronavirus outbreak, which disproportionately affected communities of color. Donald Trump, who had already been under fire for his response to both crises, drew further criticism for scheduling a re-election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He since moved it to the next day.
Tulsa is an important and especially sensitive site where a white mob massacred African-American residents in 1921.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre, and helped the push for calls for reparations for victims.
Community organizations nationwide devoted the day to discussions on policing and civil rights ahead of the November election.
HOW DO PEOPLE MARK THE DAY? WIDESPREAD MARCHES AND PARADES
People marked the 155th anniversary across the country with festive meals and gatherings. While many cities canceled annual parades because of the pandemic, other groups opted for virtual conferences or smaller events.
In Washington, groups planed marches, protests and rallies. Amid the wave of racial justice protests, some U.S. businesses committed to a change of policies, including recognition of the holiday.
Among the companies that announced they will recognize Juneteenth as a paid company holiday are the National Football League, The New York Times, Twitter and Square.
People pose in front of the Al Edwards statue in Galveston on June 19, 2020