Outspoken conservative pundit Candace Owens slammed sports journalist Stephen A. Smith for saying the COVID-19 vaccine saved his life during his recent battle with the deadly virus. 

During an episode of ESPN's First Take earlier this week, Smith stated, "For me personally, it hit me differently. [Doctors] told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn't be here. That's how bad I was. I had pneumonia in both lungs. My liver was bad, and it ravaged me to the point where even now I have to monitor my volume, get to the gym every day ... I'm still not 100% with my lungs, but I'm Covid negative ... I'm on the road to recovery."

Owens then shared her thoughts on Smith's statement via Twitter, writing, "Stephen A. Smith caught Covid, was hospitalized with severe symptoms, and *almost* died. He believes that this is proof that the vaccine he received, worked. Because he only *almost* died. We did it y’all. We’ve reached peak stupidity as a species." 

Owens went on to add, "2020: Get vaxxed so you won’t catch or spread it!/2021: You can still catch & spread it but won’t get severely ill or hospitalized/2022: So you caught it and were hospitalized but at least you didn’t die!/Next: you can still die but expect minimal suffering. Safe & effective!"