Candace Owens Filing Complaint With HHS After COVID Testing Facility Refused Her Over Political Views

(USA Features) Conservative pundit and podcaster Candace Owens said Thursday she plans to file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services after she was denied access to a COVID-19 testing facility in Aspen, Colo., earlier in the week over her political views.

“UPDATE. It turns out the facility that rejected my ability to take a Covid test receives both state and federal funding,” Owens posted to Twitter Thursday evening.

“So no— she had NO RIGHT to deny me a covid test when my taxes go toward her operations,” she wrote.

“This situation is currently being escalated to the HHS,” she added. “Stay tuned!”

Earlier this week, Owens wrote on Twitter that she had been denied access to the testing facility because of her “politics.” She posted an email she said she received from the facility explaining why.

The co-owner, Suzanne Lee, made it clear that she did not appreciate Owens’ views on the coronavirus, vaccines, and other mandates.

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Holy crap!! I just received an e-mail from a Covid testing facility that they are REFUSING to administer a test to me because they don’t like my politics. INSANE,” she wrote.

“I’m banned from making sure I don’t accidentally spread Covid? Going live with the e-mail on Instagram in 10 mins!” she added.

She went on to assure followers and critics that she was being honest about the reason for the refusal.

“And yes—for the ‘she must be lying’ crowd, I will be plastering the e-mail on Twitter and Instagram thereafter for the world to see,” she tweeted.

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“The public Heath crisis is SO REAL, that they are now banning individuals from COMPLYING with rules to ensure they don’t spread COVID.”

The Daily Wire reported that Lee and her business partner Isaac Flanagan do not accept federal funding.

In an email dated Aug. 31, Lee wrote to Owens, “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.

“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,” Lee continued. “It would be unfair to them and to the sacrifices we have all made this year to serve you.”

Owens replied: “I wanted to let you know that this might objectively be the most hilarious email I have ever received in my life. Truly, I’ve never laughed harder.”

“Nothing screams ‘this virus isn’t political’ quite like Googling the names of the people who book tests with you and determining on a case-by-case basis whether or not you will let them comply with your community Covid measures,” Owens continued.

“Nothing screams ‘I love my local community’ quite like refusing to test people who are going to a local event and wish to ensure they are negative and therefore do not spread the virus,” she said.

“That nobody stopped you from hitting ‘send’ on such an emotionally unstable and hysterical email leads me to believe that the people who work for you must love me, and therefore never deny me this entrainment,” Owens added.

“It’s hard to pick just one, but I think the best part of your virtue-signaling rant is the arrogant assumption that you’re the only person who can administer a Covid test from here to Texas,” she closed, adding, “LOL.”