Tomi Lahren
Tomi Lahren by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lahren in 2016
Born (1992-08-11) August 11, 1992 (age 24)
Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Occupation Television host, political commentator
Political party Republican

Tomi Lahren (/ˈtɒmi ˈlærən/; born August 11, 1992) is an American conservative[1] political commentator and television host. She is best known for hosting Tomi on TheBlaze.[2] She previously hosted On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network (OAN).[3][4]

Lahren garnered widespread attention in 2016, with The New York Times describing her as a "rising media star"[1] and BBC News calling her "the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook".[4]

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.[5]

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Early life

Lahren grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a military family, and attended Central High School.[6][7] She is of German and Norwegian descent.[8] 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.[9] Lahren interned for Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem, serving as the first intern for Noem's Rapid City office.[10]

Career

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.[3][6][11]

In July 2015, a video of her commentary concerning the 2015 Chattanooga shootings garnered widespread attention.[12] 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?"[13]

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.[14] 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".[4]

In January 2016, Lahren endorsed Marco Rubio for president in the Republican Party presidential primary.[15][16]

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.[17][18][19]

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.[20][21] On April 7, Lahren responded by filing a wrongful termination suit against TheBlaze.[22][23][24]

TheBlaze filed a counterclaim alleging that Lahren was still under contract and seeking to prevent her from making any public appearances without its permission.[25] 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.[26]

Political views

Lahren describes herself as a "constitutional conservative".[27] She has said that she is a commentator, not a journalist,[28] and has said that her shows are not about presenting news neutrally, but about commentary and "mak[ing] the news".[4]

Lahren's commentaries have been described by critics as often racist, a label she disputes.[1] She acknowledges that commentators have lampooned her as "White Power Barbie".[28] She has been described as an "anti-feminist who admires strong women", whose positions on immigration are similar to those of Donald Trump.[4] She has criticized African American people for various social issues, including drug abuse and unemployment.[4] She has stated that while she does not consider herself a feminist,[29] she believes in women's empowerment, and looks up to women from the political left and the political right.[4]

In July 2016, Lahren wrote a tweet comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.[4] Tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition in response asking for her to be fired from TheBlaze.[30] The petition was unsuccessful. In November 2016, Lahren released a video on the protests against Donald Trump.[31] 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.[1]

In March 2017, Lahren stated that she was pro-choice, sparking criticism from a number of anti-abortion writers.[32][33] 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.[23]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Bromwich, Jonah Engel (December 4, 2016). "Tomi Lahren: Young, Vocal and the Right's Rising Media Star". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "The Latest Big-Time Addition to TheBlaze TV Lineup Makes Her Debut — and She's Got a Message for Hillary". TheBlaze. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Tomi Lahren on Twitter". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Wendling, Mike (November 30, 2016). "Tomi Lahren: the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook". Retrieved December 7, 2016 – via www.bbc.com. 
  5. ^ Haag, Matthew (April 7, 2017). "Tomi Lahren Sues Glenn Beck, Saying She Was Fired for Her Stance on Abortion". Retrieved April 19, 2017 – via NYTimes.com. 
  6. ^ a b Hammond, Christy (September 21, 2014). Rapid City woman anchors political talk show at 22, Rapid City Journal
  7. ^ Soderlin, Barbara (May 7, 2010). Teens gear up for first job hunt, Rapid City Journal
  8. ^ "Tomi Lahren: the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook". BBC. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ The Scramble - Episode 315, UNLV Journalism and Media Studies, youtube channel
  10. ^ "Who Is Tomi Lahren? 10 Things You Need to Know About the 24-Year-Old Conservative Commentator.". March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ Beattie, James (July 20, 2015). Watch: News Anchor Gets Fed Up With Obama, Says What Everyone's Thinking In EPIC Rant, Western Journalism Center
  12. ^ Conley, Cole (July 21, 2015). TV host Tomi Lahren slams Obama's Middle East policy, USA Today
  13. ^ Roller, Emma (March 17, 2015). How One TV Channel Is Positioning Itself to Be the Next Fox News, National Journal
  14. ^ "Tomi Lahren". TheBlaze. November 8, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ "New video highlights Marco Rubio's conservative credentials - Florida Politics". Florida Politics. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  16. ^ TheBlaze (2016-03-11), Blue Wall: Why Tomi Supports Marco Rubio | "Tomi", retrieved 2017-04-09 
  17. ^ Deerwester, Jayme (December 1, 2016). "After that 'Daily Show' interview, is Tomi Lahren Trevor Noah's Bill O'Reilly?". USA Today. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  18. ^ Bradley, Laura (December 1, 2016). "The Daily Show Just Got One Step Closer to Reviving the Spirit of Jon Stewart". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ O'Neal, Sean (December 1, 2016). "Trevor Noah has his best interview yet with living Facebook screed Tomi Lahren". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  20. ^ Estepa, Jessica (March 20, 2017). "Commentator Tomi Lahren suspended from TheBlaze". USA Today. 
  21. ^ "Tomi Lahren 'banned permanently' from The Blaze". March 26, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Tomi Lahren sues Glenn Beck and The Blaze for wrongful termination". USA Today. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ a b Martin, Naomi (April 7, 2017). "Tomi Lahren sues Glenn Beck, The Blaze for wrongful termination over pro-choice stance". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Tomi Lahren Sues Glenn Beck For Wrongful Termination". Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Glenn Beck Countersues Tomi Lahren, Claims She Mistreated Staff, Offended Blaze Audience". Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Judge orders Glenn Beck to let Tomi Lahren post to Facebook, with one condition - Dallas - Dallas News". April 17, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  27. ^ McGough, Cameron (March 18, 2017). "Conservative host Tomi Lahren came out as pro-choice". Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  28. ^ a b Wilson, Jason (September 23, 2016). "The rise of Tomi Lahren, the media star lampooned as 'white power Barbie'" – via The Guardian. 
  29. ^ "'I will not lay down and play dead — ever,' Tomi Lahren tells 'Nightline' - Texas - Dallas News". April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  30. ^ Tulp, Sophia (July 13, 2016). "Over 56,000 people want Tomi Lahren fired from TheBlaze after KKK tweet". USA Today. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  31. ^ Bryant, Nick. "CLINTON VS TRUMP HOW DID IT COME TO THIS?." Australian Women's Weekly 86, no. 3 (March 2016): 86. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File, EBSCOhost (accessed November 14, 2016).
  32. ^ Schmidt, Samantha (18 March 2017). "'I'm pro-choice,' says Tomi Lahren: 'Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  33. ^ "Tomi Lahren Suspended From TheBlaze". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 

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