Candace Owens team paid for attendees to travel to White House event

Mask wearing was not requirement for entrance to the event

Black conservative activist Candace Owens led a group of visitors to a Trump event at the White House. ABC News is now reporting that Owens’s group “BLEXIT” paid for the travel and lodging of some visitors.

Activist Candace Owens speaks to guests during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Activist Candace Owens speaks to guests during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BLEXIT, a moniker of Black Exit refers to Black people leaving the Democratic Party to become Republicans.

Saturday’s White House event featured President Donald Trump who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, and did not enforce social distancing.

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“EVERYONE MUST BRING A MASK TO BE ALLOWED ENTRY ONTO THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS,” Owen’s campaign’s statement in a private email obtained by ABC News. “Absolutely no exceptions.”

Mask wearing was not requirement for entrance, though. The attendees had to submit to a COVID-19 screening the morning of the event, which consisted of a temperature check and a brief questionnaire, according to ABC News.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of law and order on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of law and order on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Supporters attended a prescheduled BLEXIT event called the “BLEXIT Back the Blue” to support police officers. After that event, the group headed to Trump’s “HUGE outdoor rally.”

The BLEXIT campaign reportedly used its funds to pay for guests to show up to the event. Some on social media speculate that Owens and her supporters are used as puppets to help Trump’s image with Black people.

“We are not interested in participating in your obvious media angle here to slander/attack the President regarding Covid-19,” Owens said in response to ABC News’ request for comment. “[The BLEXIT Back the Blue event] is about supporting law enforcement in minority communities.

It is unknown how much money was used.

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White House spokesman Judd Deere told ABC News the administration had no involvement in accommodating anyone.

Trump is currently struggling with support among Black voters as Joe Biden led him 88% to 9% among Black registered voters, according to a Sept. 26 ABC/Washington Post poll.

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My family paid $7K for my uncle’s funeral. My cousins were poor, but then renovated their kitchen. Should I ask for it back?

Dear Moneyist,

My two sisters and I recently paid over $7,000 for the funeral of our uncle, because he had no insurance and his three children claimed they had no money to do so. Soon after the burial, we found out that purchases on their part were being made, mainly an $800 pair of designer shoes and another cousin remodeled his kitchen. Because of this, would it be proper to ask for repayment? I want my share back, one sister doesn’t want to anger our cousins, and the other is undecided. Thank you.

J.C.

Dear Niece,

Funerals can be exhausting, distressing, healing, uplifting — and expensive.

The median cost of a funeral is more than $7,300, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. Cremation is significantly less — between $6,000 and $7,000. Caskets and urns alone can cost thousands of dollars depending on whether they’re made of metal or cheaper wood, though some can sell for as much as $10,000 or more. It’s a business.

Not only did you take care of your uncle’s funeral costs, you feel like your cousins made a fool of you and your sisters. Without demanding to see their bank statements, however, we will never know the truth about their finances. The kitchen could be paid for on installments. The designer shoes? I can’t quite believe they cost $800. Actually, yes I can. Few things truly surprise me anymore.

The Moneyist: My late husband did not see his son in 30 years. Should I mail his son photos and other memorabilia — and risk him making a claim on his estate?

Did they take advantage of your good nature? Or did they really not have the funeral funds to bury their father? We will never know for sure. The time and stress you and your family would experience demanding this money back and trying to get it back are — for what it’s worth — not worth it. If you had paid for a birthday party or a new wide-screen TV, that would be different.

Treat it as a gift and/or a bad debt, and write it off. I’m not saying it’s not a lot of money. It is. But you split the cost with your sisters, and they are already split on whether or not they should ask for the money back. Asking for it back is no guarantee of success, and will likely end your relationship with your cousins. To make an issue of it now would take away the dignity of your uncle’s funeral.

If you can’t find another reason to let this go, do it for him.

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Taxpayers Paid More Than $1 Million for Barriers Erected Around White House Amid George Floyd Protests

The wall that went up around the White House amid widespread protests this summer cost taxpayers more than $1 million in rental fees, according to federal spending data.

At the end of June, as protests over the death of George Floyd raged, the National Park Service (NPS), along with the Secret Service, erected “anti-scale fencing” along the perimeter of the White House. Four separate contracts—one for almost $400,000, another for $360,000, a third for $225,000, and the other for $161,000— brought the fencing initiative to almost $1.1 million.  

The fencing was widely seen as a reaction to the protests, which broke out after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis cops.

A National Park Service spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Daily Beast, but the agency claimed previously that the fencing was not tied to the protests and was in fact part of a larger “replacement project” that began last year.  

As might be expected of a man who made the building of a wall central to his presidency, Trump likes barriers. In 2018, the Secret Service hired a Florida company to put up “barricades and fencing” in Palm Beach, where Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort is located. The six-month contract set taxpayers back about $17,000. Last year, the agency spent $12,000 to rent “privacy fencing and barricades needed for visits to West Palm Beach,” home of the Trump International golf resort.

Protecting the Trumps doesn’t come cheap. The Secret Service recently paid $25,000 for a pair of jet skis meant to keep the president’s family and friends safe while they swim. European jaunts by Tiffany Trump, the president’s youngest daughter, have cost Americans tens of thousands of dollars, and in 2018, First Lady Melania Trump racked up a $90,000 hotel bill during a six-hour stop in Cairo. On a day trip to Toronto the previous year, Mrs. Trump somehow managed to spend $174,000 on hotels without even staying the night. 

Before he became president, Donald Trump often complained about the costs associated with Obama family vacations. However, according to nonprofit watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Trump family is traveling at a rate 12 times that of his predecessor’s.

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Coronavirus: ‘I paid for my student house, now all my lectures are online’

Rhiannon, a student at St Andrews

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Rhiannon is a student at St Andrews

University students have been telling the BBC how they were only told that most of their courses in the coming term will be taught online after paying hundreds of pounds for accommodation far from home.

Sara is a third year student from Leeds, studying international development at King’s College London, at a cost of £9,250 for the year. She says she was told her course would be completely online this term on 1 September – the day she began paying almost £3,000 for her accommodation.

Sara moved home to Leeds in March, at the start of lockdown, She says she has hardly had any lectures since February, when university staff went on strike.

In an email, seen by the BBC, she was then told “all teaching for final year students” will be online this term – including seminars and dissertation supervisions. In-person teaching in her second term “will depend on the Covid-19 situation closer to the time”.

It’s left her feeling short-changed. “If I knew that we were going to be online for the first semester I wouldn’t have got accommodation for this term at all,” Sara says.

She says she’s had little guidance about what campus life will look like and whether she will need to – or be able to – spend any time there.

“Do I need to be in London or not? Do I need to go in or not? There’s no point in [just] sitting in my house,” she says. “I do think there should be some kind of reduction with everything online. You still get an education but they should reduce the amount you’re paying.”

The University of St Andrews also announced at the end of August that some courses would be entirely online in the first seven weeks of term.

Many students moving into halls for their first year had already signed their contracts by the time the announcement was made, while many second and third year students in private accommodation signed contracts months ago.

Lottie, a third-year student in philosophy and history of art, says the university had initially encouraged students to return to the town.

“In June or July, they said that all students should plan to come back to St Andrews at the start of term and it would be dual teaching – everything they could do in person they would do, with the rest online.

“They did say they would give people the option to study completely online from home, but when you applied to do that you needed to have a specific reason.”

Rhiannon, another student at St Andrews studying international relations, is paying £525 a month for a room in a shared house.

“Our house has been empty since March. I would have stayed at home, and cancelled my rental contract. I actually tried to negotiate with my landlord in June because of the uncertainty and the landlord was completely inflexible.”

The University of St Andrews blamed the

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