Tomi Lahren annoys me.
There are times she infuriates me with her inane rants, but as we’ve previously discussed, reducing her to her stupid one-liners for liberals to laugh at does nothing. We never reach her audience with the facts, and the idiocy of the hyper-conservatives continue. However, I use the term “annoy,” because I do think it’s pretty bad-ass that a 24-year-old woman from South Dakota busted her ass and has already made a huge name for herself in the political commentary and media world. She deserves her kudos for that.
However, her constant attacks against any criticizers of Trump, overuse of “snowflakes” as an insult, and her lack of logical arguments have ticked me off more times than I can count. But maybe she’s learning: Lahren admitted on television that she was pro-choice.
"I'm someone that is 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...Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well."
I know, I was just as shocked as anyone. A raving conservative commentary, using LOGIC? Oh my god, stop the presses! Well, in a way, her statement kind of did. After her statements, her employer The Blaze suspended her show for at least one week.
It’s like Lahren has maybe been listening to criticisms and doing some research of her own! It’s like she realized that hyper-conservative views might not be based in fact! I want to congratulate Lahren for having the guts to point out the hypocrisy of legislating female bodies...or did she?
Only 3 months ago, Lahren labeled the pro-choice movement “baby-killers.” She said, “Pro-choicers are supposed to be about rare and safe abortions. That’s how they avoid sounding like straight-up baby-killers, by acknowledging that abortion is not a positive thing and a difficult choice. Then we have Lena freakin’ Dunham out there, wishing she could have murdered a fetus. Wishing for the option to kill your child doesn’t exactly say much about the cause, her character, or the pro-choice movement.” For someone so passionate about associating pro-choice with murder, this seems an awfully quick turn-around. Was this Lahren learning, or something else?I have yet to see her acknowledge the rampant hypocrisy in many Republican philosophies. Lahren and her conservatives constantly attack ‘liberal snowflakes,' yet with one contradictory statement, they’ll start shouting to the gods above. She is more than willing to tell celebrities to stay out of politics, but as soon as singer Joy Villa wore a Make America Great Again dress at the Grammys, Lahren eagerly invited Villa onto her show to discuss the dress and politics. She rants against women’s marches, but refuses to acknowledge that she would not be where she is today without the women who marched for her rights beforehand. There are too many examples for me to break it down one-by-one from her plethora of rants, but anyone who chooses to access information outside of the echo chamber of Glenn Beck and Trump knows there’s more to the black-and-white arguments Lahren is infamous for.
Then again, there were rumors swirling in the online world about Lahren possibly moving to Fox News before all this controversy began a few days ago. So I have to wonder: was Lahren’s pro-choice comments her own progressive thoughts, or is she attempting to realign herself for a more moderate audience? She has proven herself a media-savvy individual, skyrocketing herself into the public eye with her energetic, often incendiary rants. She’s well on her way to becoming a household name, and keeps herself relevant by attacking celebrities, protests, and pretty much any trending news story with a twisted, bottom-of-the-barrel attack style commentary. Glenn Beck and the Blaze is watched by the extreme conservative base, while Fox- although nowhere near award-winning journalism- has a slightly more moderate and larger audience. Considering the way Fox News has started pointing out the flaws in the Trump administration and their policies, perhaps Lahren realized her almost obsessive defense of Trump might not appeal to her potential new bosses and their market.
Before joining the Blaze, though, Lahren was on a show called the Scramble that she hosted through her college journalism program. She led discussion panels and voiced a more moderate stance, including a talk she moderated about climate change, which she said was an agreed-upon scientific consensus. However, she has in recent segments of her show, blasted the idea of climate change by calling it “bad weather.” In a New York Times profile in December, Lahren even criticized organized religion as being, “about hierarchy, power, control and greed.” So perhaps we are seeing her true colors come through. But then it begs the question of why she would spew the nonsense that she has on the Blaze. Was it just for ratings? Was she simply using their audience to parachute herself into a major news network with a larger audience?
In the grand scheme of things, Lahren isn’t truly that important. I know I just wrote 800+ words on her, but what I’m really wondering about is much larger than just Lahren. I am genuinely curious about how she came to be pro-choice, because I would like to know how to get Trump’s conservative base to start realizing their own hypocrisy. How do we get them to start listening to facts? How do we make them realize that they too, should be pro-choice? And beyond the abortion debate, how do we get them to realize that science and facts cannot be debated? I legitimately want to learn how to engage these individuals, because all my attempts thus far have turned into me metaphorically running to walls. Republicans throw up these walls of religion, limited government, equal access to resources and healthcare that are riddled with holes and logical gaps, yet when I try to point these out, conservatives lash out with non-arguments that make discussion impossible. We desperately need to reach them, because we need to unite against the Trump chaos that’s just starting in our nation.
How do I get Republicans to listen to facts and start living in the realm of debate and logic? It seems like their golden girl Lahren is starting to get there, so maybe there is hope.