Ms. Owens, 31, first gained attention in 2017 for her vocal support of Mr. Trump. She subsequently joined the Turning Point USA conservative non-profit group, and last year she launched the “Blexit” movement to encourage other African Americans to leave the Democratic Party and register as Republicans.
She made the remarks about Floyd while speaking to fellow conservative commentator and former Fox News host Glenn Beck on The Blaze, a right-wing outlet where they both have programs.
Floyd, 46, was arrested on the evening May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after being accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill. He died moments later in police custody after being forcefully restrained for several minutes by police officers who have since been fired from the force and charged in connection with his killing.
Protests against systemic racism and police brutality have taken place in the U.S. and worldwide, including organized rallied set to place throughout the country on Saturday.
“Is this really the guy that black America, I mean, they were very careful to pick Rosa Parks. Is this the symbol of black America today?” Mr. Beck asked in the video.
“I’m going to say yes, it is a symbol of black America today. It is a symbol of a broken culture in black America today and police are not willing to talk about, again, how we contribute to our own demise,” Ms. Owens responded.