Lahren in 2016
August 11, 1992 |
Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.
|Residence||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|Occupation||Television host, political commentator|
Tomi Lahren (/ /; born August 11, 1992) is an American conservative political commentator and television host. She is best known for hosting Tomi on TheBlaze. She previously hosted On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network (OAN).
Lahren garnered widespread attention in 2016, with The New York Times describing her as a "rising media star" and BBC News calling her "the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook".
Lahren was suspended from TheBlaze in March 2017 shortly after stating that women should have access to abortions. A lawsuit over the suspension and Lahren's activities at TheBlaze is pending.
Lahren grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a military family, and attended Central High School. She is of German and Norwegian descent. Lahren graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014 and moved to San Diego shortly thereafter. She also hosted and was an associate producer for the political roundtable show, The Scramble, for her university's television program. Lahren interned for Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem, serving as the first intern for Noem's Rapid City office.
Hoping to find an internship in political commentary, Lahren applied to One America News Network (OAN), obtained an interview, and was instead offered the opportunity to host her own show. She moved to San Diego, California and began working for OAN. On Point with Tomi Lahren debuted in August 2014.
In July 2015, a video of her commentary concerning the 2015 Chattanooga shootings garnered widespread attention. Before this, Lahren caused a smaller wave of press attention in March 2015 when she appeared at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Referring to the image of Republicans as "old, rich, white males", she commented on prominent Democrats, saying: "Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Old, rich, white, and if the pantsuit fits ... male too?"
On August 19, Lahren announced that she had completed her last show with OAN. She moved to Texas, and began a new show with TheBlaze in November 2015. She has become known for ending her program with three-minute segments called "final thoughts" in which she speaks extremely quickly. These segments have become widely popular on social media, but have been variously referred to as "screeds" and "rants".
On November 30, Lahren appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for a 26-minute interview segment. Many critics compared her appearance with former host Jon Stewart's friendly rivalry with Bill O'Reilly.
On March 17, 2017, Lahren made a guest appearance on The View, where she said that women should have access to abortion and accused those who held pro-life positions of being hypocrites. TheBlaze, whose owner Glenn Beck is pro-life and openly criticized Lahren for her comments, immediately suspended her with pay. On April 7, Lahren responded by filing a wrongful termination suit against TheBlaze.
TheBlaze filed a counterclaim alleging that Lahren was still under contract and seeking to prevent her from making any public appearances without its permission. On April 17, the judge in the case granted Lahren permission to use the Facebook page that bears her name on the condition that TheBlaze not be disparaged.
Lahren describes herself as a "constitutional conservative". She has said that she is a commentator, not a journalist, and has said that her shows are not about presenting news neutrally, but about commentary and "mak[ing] the news".
Lahren's commentaries have been described by critics as often racist, a label she disputes. She acknowledges that commentators have lampooned her as "White Power Barbie". She has been described as an "anti-feminist who admires strong women", whose positions on immigration are similar to those of Donald Trump. She has criticized African American people for various social issues, including drug abuse and unemployment. She has stated that while she does not consider herself a feminist, she believes in women's empowerment, and looks up to women from the political left and the political right.
In July 2016, Lahren wrote a tweet comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan. Tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition in response asking for her to be fired from TheBlaze. The petition was unsuccessful. In November 2016, Lahren released a video on the protests against Donald Trump. In August 2016, she released a video criticizing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who had been protesting racism by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before football games.
In March 2017, Lahren stated that she was pro-choice, sparking criticism from a number of anti-abortion writers. TheBlaze owner Glenn Beck, among others, noted that Lahren had previously publicly claimed she was pro-life, in addition to numerous other inconsistencies on other issues.
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