Who Is?
S4 E3

Who is Tomi Lahren? Narrated by Liza Treyger

Tomi Lahren is the physical embodiment of an angry Youtube comment. She’s an outspoken right-wing firebrand, Trump superfan, and millennial.

She was made famous by screeching aggressive red meat rants against Colin Kaepernick and likening the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK.

Lahren was born in 1991 to military and ranching families in Rapid City, South Dakota. She had a 4.0 GPA throughout her time at Central High School, where she was student body president. She went on to the University of Nevada, where she studied broadcast journalism and political science.

When she graduated in 2014, she tried to get an internship at Glenn Beck’s media company, The Blaze. Unfortunately, she was rejected, but her first taste of defeat didn’t last long and she applied for an internship at One America News Network. The CEO of the network, Robert Herring, had Lahren in for an interview that went so well, he gave her a full-time job as host of her own show, “On Point with Tomi Lahren”. She was just 21 years old.

In the segment, which critics have described as “islamophobia poorly disguised as patriotism,” Tomi criticized Obama’s response to the 2015 Chattanooga, Tennessee shootings where four Marines and a Navy service member were killed. She urged Obama to bomb the Middle East even though between 2001 and 2015, when this segment aired, more Americans were killed by homegrown right-wing extremists than by Islamist terrorists. After finding success at OANN, Lahren finally had enough experience to take her talents to the place she was rejected from out of college: The Blaze. Lahren moved to Dallas and hosted her own show on the network, where she continued stirring things up—claiming Democrats advocate for not giving Black people a voice, and saying Colin Kaepernick and Beyoncé are dividing America.

According to Lahren, she was eventually suspended and fired from The Blaze for her pro-choice stance on abortion. The network denies this was the reasoning for her firing, but Lahren sued the network for wrongful termination, which was eventually settled. Although she once claimed she was “too controversial” for the network that offers a platform to people like Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, she became a contributor for Fox News in August of 2017.

Through Lahren’s carefully constructed rants, she believes she played a role in crafting our current world. “I believe that through my ‘Final Thoughts’ I had a big impact on the results of the election. I think my voice was needed and heard, and I think I tipped a lot of votes in a lot of states.”