You might not recognize the name Tomi Lahren, but there’s a good chance you do recognize the face. Lahren has steadily become more popular as an incendiary voice on TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s conservative media platform.
Lahren — who has routinely criticized San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, called protesters of President-elect Donald Trump “misfit babies,” and compared Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan — stepped into, as she described it, the “lion’s den” that is The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and found herself confronted by the host over her comments.
“Why are you so angry?” asked Noah. “I’m actually not that angry,” Lahren responded. “It’s just there are things that need to be said, Trevor, and a lot of people are afraid to say them.”
“In an angry way,” Noah disagreed. “You can’t say [you are not] angry and this is what you are known for. It is a strange thing to say, I’m not angry,’ but that is the one thing… It’s like Ellen saying, ‘I don’t like dancing.’ It’s like, yeah, you do, Ellen, you do. You are angry about everything, it seems.”
Lahren has been viewed as expressing racist thoughts. She explained to Noah that she does not view herself as racist. “I’ve never used racial slurs to address people. I’ve never looked down on people because of their skin color,” Lahren explained. “To me, true diversity is diversity of thought, not diversity of color. I don’t see color. I go after Hillary Clinton, and she is as white as they come.”
“You don’t see color? So what do you do at a traffic light?” quipped Noah in response.
Both Lahren and Noah remained composed throughout their conversation, but one could feel the frustration as Noah took issue with Lahren’s comparison of Black Lives Matter with the KKK. “You realize Black Lives Matter cannot be the new KKK,” Noah said. “The KKK is still around. They have not vacated their premises, and, most importantly, to say Black Lives Matter is the new KKK is to really, 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. You know that, surely.”
The conversation turned to Kaepernick, and after Lahren explained that the American flag is important to her, she took issue with people’s getting upset for her expressing her views. “To disrespect our flag and anthem in that way and that be your outlet to get out whatever aggression you have, whether it be passive or active aggression, I disagree with it,” Lahren said. “And so he has every right to do it. That is his First Amendment right, and I agree with his First Amendment right to do it. Now, so because I don’t agree with what he did, now I should shut up? Because I’m white I should shut up?”
The entire conversation lasted nearly 30 minutes but had to be cut down for time to fit within the show’s broadcast. The full interview can be viewed on The Daily Show’s website.
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