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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm 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.