The ongoing feud between The Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro and conservative commentator Candace Owens erupted on social media Wednesday as the two traded blows on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Owens posted a quote from the Bible: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other,” punctuating the famous passage, writing, “You cannot serve both God and money.”
Shapiro took the Bible quote personally and responded to Owens, telling her that if getting paid by The Daily Wire was coming between her and God, “by all means, quit.”
Owens doubled down, accusing Shapiro of becoming “emotionally unhinged,” and stating that she “would not tolerate” him reading himself into a scripture quote.
Shapiro and Owens have traded barbs multiple times over various comments, including Owens stating that “nationalism” in WWII Germany was “fine” and reposting tweets written by Max Blumenthal, author of several pro-Palestinian books.
The feud has drawn commentary from conservatives. Turning Point CEO Charlie Kirk weighed in on the social media circus, saying that “there should be more room in the conservative movement for disagreement.”
“We can do better than this,” Kirk concluded.
Shapiro is not the only commentator to be at odds with Owens. Shortly after the beginning of the Israeli war against Hamas, Owens and conservative talk show host Megyn Kelly got into a back-and-forth dispute on X that quickly turned personal.
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Kelly had called for “blacklisting” of college students who support Hamas and view the terrorist attack on October 7 as “justified.” Owens posted that “college kids are stupid,” but the solution is to “educate” them rather than silence their opinions.
Owens added that she once was pro-choice, but realized that institutionalization by the public school system and a pro-choice liberal Hollywood that is responsible for driving messaging were deceiving her about the realities of the issue. She added that she is “glad I didn’t get put on a ‘conservative’ blacklist for wanting babies murdered.”
The feud between Owens and Shapiro has gone on for many years, but the attack by Hamas has rapidly accelerated the online attacks between the two. Recently, a video of Shapiro that was apparently taken without his knowledge shows the host describing Owens as “disgraceful” over her failure to unequivocally support Israel and that nation’s right to defend itself against terrorism.
Owens responded to the video in an interview with Tucker Carlson, saying that she would be “embarrased” if a similar video of herself discussing a colleague were to surface.