Story at a glance:
- Candace Owens was denied a test from a private COVID-19 testing site.
- Owens said the owner’s response was “hysterical” and called her a “rabid activist.”
- The co-founder provided an alternative where Owens can get tested.
Conservative analyst and author Candace Owens said Wednesday that a private COVID-19 testing site denied her a test on the grounds that she is “spreading misinformation” about the coronavirus.
The private facility responded to Owens’ request for a COVID-19 test in a letter, which Owens posted on social media. The company explained that it will deny her its service due to the alleged misinformation and skepticism of public health measures she pushes on social media, according to the letter Owens shared.
“We cannot support anyone who has pro-actively worked to make this pandemic worse by spreading misinformation, politicizing, and DISCOURAGING the wearing of masks and actively dissuading people from receiving life-saving vaccinations,” Aspen Laboratories co-founder Suzanna Lee wrote.
“My team and myself have worked overtime, to exhaustion, unpaid and underpaid this past year, spending our own capital to ensure that our community remains protected. It would be unfair to them and to the sacrifices we have all made this year to serve you.”
Lee provided an alternative where Owens can get tested.
Owens posted her response to Lee, in which she said Lee’s letter was “hysterical” and called the co-founder a “rabid activist.”
Some users on social media defended Lee’s decision, sharing Owens’ post and adding in their support of Lee and the facility.
I don’t know who this Suzanna is but I must find her and buy her a drink https://t.co/DH95B3WErc
— Heather Gardner (@heathergtv) September 2, 2021
Owens has been criticized for over comments in which said “the virus was never fatal” and that the “coronavirus is the greatest rigging of an American election that has ever taken place.”
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