The Blaze: More Hot Air Than Hot Topics

DYLAN ROSENTHAL

If you have a Facebook, the odds are you have seen Tomi Lahren and one of her passionate rants. Lahren is most known for her takedown of Colin Kaepernick, where she expressed her anger towards his actions. Lahren has gone viral on social media, ranging from her “Final Thoughts” series on The Blaze, all the way to memes.

While a large portion of Americans may not agree with Lahren’s rants, it is safe to say that her videos do energize it’s viewers. Liberals tend to dislike Lahren with a burning passion, white conservatives tend to view her as a powerful speaker who is able to use passion to get reactions.

In numerous interviews, Tomi Lahren has stated how she represents those Americans who live in “fly over” states, generally referring to states in the center of our country. Lahren herself is from South Dakota, one of the least populated states in the country, and believes her views represent the “forgotten” Americans.

Whether you are a conservative or liberal, it is safe to say that Lahren sometimes represents views that are extremely controversial. While Lahren has the right to have her own opinions, we have the right to disagree with them.

Tomi Lahren has said in her rants that the Black Lives Matter movement “is the new KKK.” While some BLM protestors protest inappropriately and violently, the vast majority of them are innocent Americans fighting injustice in politics, our economic system, and in our society. On the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central, Noah and Lahren spoke about racial divides and some of Lahren’s comments. Here is the context:

Noah: Do you really believe you’re criticizing and you’re not mal-intentioned when you say things like “Black Lives Matter is the new KKK?” … [You] really minimize what the KKK did and what they stand for, that is not the same thing. Surely you understand the incendiary feeling of your comments.

Lahren: When the Black Lives Matter movement is going out with signs saying “Fry them like bacon,” “F the police,” when they’re going out saying if you see a white person, target them — that is happening, Trevor. That happened in Milwaukee not too long ago. — when that now becomes the narrative and you’re starting to loot, burn, and riot, what did the KKK do? …

When there are people in the streets saying if you see a white person, “beat their a**,” does that not sound reminiscent of the KKK or their motives to you?

During this dialog, Lahren asked “What did the KKK do?” Someone who cannot recognize what the Ku Klux Klan did was cruel and racist should not be arguing that they are not racist.

Labeling the entire BLM movement as the “new KKK” is like calling all Trump supporters white supremacists. If Tomi Lahren does not like being labeled as “alt right” and as a “white supremacist” because “not all Trump supporters fit those stereotypes,” then maybe she should stop condemning the entire Black Lives Matter movement and calling those a part of the movement “thugs.”

The real issue with Tomi Lahren is how she fits into this new era of “post-truth.” Lahren taps into emotions rather than actual facts. She energizes an already angry portion of Americans who feel as if they are left out and left behind due to career politicians.

The extremely ironic part about Lahren’s show is that she claims she is not divisive, yet simultaneously alienates minority groups and white Americans who believe their is injustice in our institutions. She labels those who protest bigotry and hatred as “sore losers” and “paid protestors.” She’s uploaded videos attacking the left for their labels, yet she creates her own as she pleases.

Lahren believes that the way the Black Lives Matter movement works is by using actions similar to the Ku Klux Klan. How can you talk about Americans coming together after the election and then go on to scold and alienate a minority group that has been oppressed throughout history and still faces systematic racism?

Also, Tomi has the protests that are occurring throughout the country very wrong. No one is protesting a “free” and “fair” democratic election. Americans are standing up to say they will not tolerate bigotry or hatred and that it has no place in America. Americans have the right to protest as they please as long as it is peacefully, and Americans coming together to protest divisiveness is NOT “liberals asking for their participation trophies.”

Tomi Lahren continues to infect social media platforms such as Facebook, and the odds are one of your conservative uncles who lives out of state shares her videos and believes she is the new face of Trump conservatism. While Lahren may be passionate and is always fired up, all her videos are simply right wing talking points with little factual evidence to support herself.