Activist praised by Trump once ran online publication that mocked him: report
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A conservative activist who was recently praised by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE ran an online publication less than two years ago that frequently mocked him, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.

Candace Owens served as the CEO of a now-defunct website called Degree180 that ran a series of posts expressing displeasure with Trump, BuzzFeed reported, citing content preserved by the Internet Archive.

“Serious Question: Is Donald Trump a Social Experiment?” read the title of one story from 2015, while another reportedly detailed a mock "investigation" into the size of his penis, among other stories.

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BuzzFeed said Owens did not respond to requests for comment. In tweets, she called the author of the BuzzFeed story a “despicable creature” and stressed that the people who worked at the now defunct site were young liberal girls who voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE.

“I will not submit to your version of what I should be as a black woman in this society, or else feel the whip of a political hit piece,” Owens wrote in another tweet. “I am free & I choose to be a PROUD supporter of President Donald J. Trump.”

Owens, who works for the conservative organization Turning Point USA, drew increased attention last month after rapper Kanye West tweeted his approval of her ideas. Trump also praised Owens, listing her among “very smart 'thinkers' " in a tweet last week.

Owens's recent popularity on the right is largely attributed to her rejection of liberal ideas surrounding issues like structural racism, inequality and identity politics, BuzzFeed noted.

The news outlet noted that much of her own writing on the defunct website was personal and didn’t focus on politics.