Lahren later took the time to try and explain her old tweets, but it looks like another Twitter exploration into Tomi's past is already afoot. And instead of digging up throwback tweets about her drunken college days at UNLV, this thread from Twitter user Matt Gehring sought to expose Tomi for "pandering to an audience." It includes clips from Tomi's time on UNLV-TV's political roundtable program, The Scramble, and shows just how reasonable the staunch right-winger used to be a few short years ago.
Tomi, in college, hosted & served as a panelist on "The Scramble," a show in the journalism program, before she squawked for a living. pic.twitter.com/E5bnOpntUs— Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
It's interesting to note that, before Tomi started cashing those Glenn Beck TheBlaze checks, her approach to commenting on issues was much different. Instead of the Twista-leaning rapid fire speech she has become known for, she was way more composed, controlled, and...quiet.
That's not to say that Tomi isn't entitled to switch up her style as her career advances, but it's interesting nonetheless. And what's more intriguing is how some of her stances have changed. In October 2015, Tomi was quick to note that there isn't much to the "climate change" hoopla, as she just called it "weather." But in this clip, she noted that climate change was an "agreed-upon consensus."
Tomi's favorite hobby in 2016 was calling climate change "bad weather." But in 2014, she said it was an agreed-upon scientific consensus. pic.twitter.com/0PkMPVNfMD— Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
In 2017, Tomi calls everyone snowflakes and fragile. But in 2014, Tomi hosted this civil discussion about slurs and their place in society. pic.twitter.com/ed31Be9e5k— Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
And just so you know, Tomi once believed that gun control was "a multi-dimensional issue," although these days she is more likely to go in on Islam when that topic is brought up.
Tomi won't mention the words "gun control" without blaming Islam. But she calls it a multi-dimensional issue here, with no mention of Islam. pic.twitter.com/evDEUVbdPc— Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
Now, the question is, who is the real Tomi Lahren? Is Tomi really the in-your-face, ultra-opinionated talking head that we see popping up in our Facebook timelines for the wrong reasons, or is she the Tomi we see in these 2014 UNLV-TV videos, where she's much calmer and easier to reason with? Gehring feels as though this has nothing to do with Tomi coming into her own and is more about her coming into a fat check and playing a role that the conservative media needs.
This isn't just growing up & changing her opinions. It's called getting hired to a propaganda machine, selling out and lying. #GrowUpTammy— Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
But one Twitter user who claims to be Tomi's old UNLV classmate has a different take. She says that the Tomi we see today was alive and well in her college classes, and she chalks up the switching of persona to being on a program at a college, which might have stifled many of her current opinions, versus working on Beck's network.
@mattryanx her opinions in classes were always in line with a path to what she became— Kristen DeSilva (@kristendesilva) January 13, 2017
@olsonjacob college-run program vs Glenn Beck-run program— Kristen DeSilva (@kristendesilva) January 13, 2017
Whatever the case may be, it feels like this situation will ultimately mean nothing to the people who flock to Tomi's hyperactive rants and hate speech. With the way she's going, she might end up making a 2017 Worst People list.