Dubious “political commentator” Tomi Lahren, who has the name and personality of the pledge master in a sorority movie, has made it her mission to fuel hatred and bigotry via her hot take-heavy Twitter account and her television appearances. Most recently, she attempted to slam the March For Our Lives and the Parkland shooting survivors, only to be shut down by Twitter users with basic reading skills.
Lahren rose to fame with her own show on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, a match made in alt-right heaven (or, as normal humans call it, hell), but was let go when she expressed pro-choice beliefs on The View. While that opinion may have surprised many of her fans, it’s been her only redeeming take since she became a household name. It wasn’t so long ago Lahren actually did seem to share liberal viewpoints, as evidenced by some of her old tweets. It’s unclear whether or not she actually is a liberal and is scamming conservative media for personal gain, or if she genuinely believes the things that come out of her mouth; either way, she’s trash.
While the increasingly authoritarian regime we’re living under has given more and more legitimacy to disturbing viewpoints like Lahren’s, at least there are people holding her accountable across her medium of choice: Twitter. She’s battled with everyone from Wale to the BeyHive on social media, losing miserably again and again—much to our delight.
Still, Lahren’s digital vitriol includes more than a handful of disturbing comments. Just last week she said she had to kick her dog “about five times during the show” while she was on Fox & Friends because her canine was chewing on its bone too loudly. She later claimed that the comment was a joke (because animal abuse is hilarious, of course). In a perfect world, this would be the worst thing a political commentator would say off-handedly, but as we know all too well, this is nowhere near the worst Lahren has to offer. Here are Tomi Lahren’s most controversial moments.
She compared Black Lives Matters protesters to the KKK.
Lahren took her bigotry to new heights when she compared Black Lives Matter protesters with the KKK in an interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. While some people applauded Noah for engaging with Lahren and calling out her hypocrisy, others were critical of his decision to give her a platform that would lend exposure to nasty beliefs such as this one. As it turns out, they were right.
She called for “more Jesus” instead of gun control after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.
After the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018, which claimed 17 lives, hard-line conservatives and Second Amendment supporters attempted to pivot to mental health as the issue at hand, rather than gun control. Lahren fell in line with her pro-NRA party and suggested that “more God and more Jesus in society, more compassion, more virtues, more values” would prevent mass shootings. *Wale voice* OK, Tammy.
She criticized Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance.
Lahren has made her disapproval of the Black Lives Matter movement more than clear, so no one was surprised when she criticized for Queen B’s Super Bowl performance, which paid homage to the Black Panther Party: “Now the Super Bowl halftime show has become a way to politicize and advance the notion that black lives matter more. Beyoncé, really? What is the political message here? What is it they are trying to convey here? A salute to what? A group that used violence and intimidation to advance, not racial equality, but an overthrow of white domination.” As expected, the BeyHive sprung into action with appropriately furious responses, even changing Lahren’s Wikipedia page to "#Beyhive bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz."
She also fired shots at Jay-Z.
In addition to lambasting Beyoncé for politicizing the Super Bowl, Lahren dragged Bey’s husband into it, saying, “Your husband was a drug dealer. For 14 years he sold crack cocaine. Talk about 'protecting black neighborhoods.' Start at home.” She targeted the rapper again when he called Trump a “superbug”; “As opposed to you who raps about bitches and sisters and brags about selling crack. Yeah...Trump is the problem...sure.” Lahren clearly didn’t do her research, or else she would have found that Jay has all but retired “Bitches & Sisters” from his catalog. Guess she doesn’t read Complex.
But Wale stepped up and clapped back.
The BeyHive usually does more than enough to ward off any Beyoncé haters, but it’s always nice to see others get involved—the more the merrier, right? That’s why everyone was pleasantly surprised when Wale stepped up to support Jay Z. In response to her hateful tweets, Wale wrote, “Tammy he isn’t the president . Also weren’t you just “rapping” 21 Savage???.. go and sit down my friend.” Referring to Lahren by various incorrect names has now become a meme in and of itself; Wale’s #impact.
She missed the point of March For Our Lives.
Hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens came together in over 800 demonstrations this month for March for Our Lives, demanding sensible gun control legislation. Lahren immediately lashed out against the protestors alongside other NRA-loving right-wingers. “Simply being anti-NRA is not a solution. March FOR something, not just against everything,” she tweeted, continuing, “Disarming the citizenry is the first step to oppression and tyranny. Kids, I suggest you crack open the history book and learn this pattern. #marchforourlives.”
Many were quick to point out that the March for Our Lives was actually, in fact, for something: protecting innocent people against gun violence. Tomi should pick up the history books again and note that a healthy democracy also protects the right to protest—and that the NRA is not mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.
She criticized Beyoncé for supporting Colin Kaepernick.
Unsurprisingly, Lahren is not a fan of Colin Kaepernick. When Beyoncé presented Kaepernick with the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for protesting police brutality with his decision to kneel during the national anthem, Lahren jumped at the opportunity to belittle Bey, Kaepernick, and anti-police brutality activism everywhere: “Police-hating Beyoncé presents police and America-hating Kappy with a “legacy” award. This is how far we’ve fallen. Wow.” This time, even Tina Knowles got involved, with a lengthy Instagram post about racism and complicity.
She was fired from The Blaze for pro-choice comments.
In an interview on The View, Lahren stated that she is pro-choice, because of her conservative ideology: "I'm pro-choice and here's why. I am a constitutional, you know, someone that loves the Constitution. I am someone that's for limited government, so I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that as a Republican, and I can say, you know what? I'm for limited government, so stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body, as well." Although this isn’t necessarily controversial to anyone who believes in reproductive rights, her bosses at The Blaze found it controversial and eventually fired her.
She told student protestors “good luck holding a job”—after getting fired.
With Lahren, it seems that the limits of hypocrisy just do not exist. When Notre Dame students staged a walkout during Vice President Mike Pence’s graduation speech last year, Lahren tweeted, “Snowflakes think this kind of crap will fly in the real world? Good luck holding a job, kids!” As many people pointed out, not only does protesting have nothing to do with holding down a job, Lahren herself had just been fired from The Blaze. Good luck, Tanya!