On October 22, political pundit Candace Owens took to Twitter to weigh in on the tragedy in a series of since-deleted tweets.
“Alec Baldwin spent 4 years dedicated to painting Donald Trump and his supporters as evil murderers,” the Fox News commentator tweeted. “What has happened to Alec would be an example of poetic justice if it weren’t for the actual innocent people that were murdered by him. Pray for their families. So sad.”
Owens added in a followup tweet, “Will correct that last tweet to say Alec Baldwin *killed* someone— not murdered someone, as murder carries a different legal definition.”
Ireland took to her Instagram Story on Monday, October 25, to slam Owens for her comments.
“You are the most disgusting, hateful, cancerous human being I’ve ever come across. Regardless of your foul opinions most of the time, the fact that you would disrespect the life of a woman who was accidentally and tragically killed … Shame on you,” Ireland captioned a photo of Owens.
In a series of posts, Ireland continued, “Yup … I’m going to go ahead and take that Instagram break. I am ashamed to breathe the same air as this woman. Be a Republican. Be unvaccinated. I don’t give a f–k. There are plenty of Republican values that I support and plenty of Liberal ones that I support as well .. but one f–king thing I find myself doing is being RESPECTFUL. But we aren’t debating masks and vaccines and abortion and trans rights here … A woman’s life was lost. Your tweets, lack of information and ignorance are hurting people. You and that scumbag [Jack Posobiec] don’t have a clue what you’re even talking about and you usually never do. I respect people’s opinions … but if you support these absolute clowns … please don’t follow me anymore. I beg. If you simply don’t RESPECT people … then unfollow me. It’s so simple. Unfollow me if you don’t support woman’s rights. Unfollow me if you don’t support trans rights. LGBTQ rights as a whole. Human rights. But [really] hit that unfollow button if you’re trying to defame my father and tweet such horrific statements about this tragic situation. It breaks my heart that people are so hatefully ignorant …”
Several hours later, Ireland shared a screenshot of a DM conversation between her and Owens where they seemed to discuss their issues privately. “Thank you for taking the time to have a real conversation. Have a peaceful evening,” read a messaged Ireland sent to Owens. Owens replied, “No problem. Same to you.”
“I will always stand for what I do … but one thing we need less of in this world is perpetuated hate and anger and fighting … especially in the wake of this tragedy. Thanks, again, to everyone who have been so kind and supportive,” Ireland wrote in her last post.