Meryl Streep's emotional Golden Globes speech was a mic drop on the nightmare that was 2016 and a heartfelt call to action to the creative community. While many applauded Meryl's brutal honesty, she also faced backlash from some conservatives. President-elect Donald Trump personally tweeted a response, for example.
Among those sending criticism Meryl's way was Tomi Lahren, a 24-year-old conservative political commentator. This isn't new for her. Lahren is considered a rising star in conservative commentary and often makes waves for her controversial comments. Here's what you need to know about her.
1. SHE GOT HER OWN POLITICAL TALK SHOW WHEN SHE WAS JUST 22. After graduating from the University of Nevada in 2014, Lahren went in search of an internship (like a lot of fresh-out-of-college people do). A quick Google search for "conservative news outlets" led Lahren to One America News Network. During her interview, Lahren so impressed OANN CEO Robert Herring that he offered her a show of her own.
2. SHE'S CURRENTLY HOSTING HER SECOND SHOW. Her first show, On Point With Tomi Lahren, premiered on One America News Network in August 2014.
3. HER TAKE ON THE CHATTANOOGA SHOOTINGS LAUNCHED HER TO FAME. In July 2015, a gunman opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, resulting in the deaths of four Marines and one Navy sailor. Lahren responded to the tragedy in her popular Final Thoughts segment, with a rant against President Barack Obama that quickly went viral, launching her to internet fame.
Tomi Lahren has seen her visibility increase markedly in the past year. Her conservative beliefs and early support of President Trump first made headlines, but it was her debate with "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah last November that put her in the middle of the great Trump debate.
But love her or love to hate her, the 24-year-old host of TheBlaze's politics show "Tomi" is sticking to her guns ... and her beliefs. Fox News: You went from hosting a show on a startup news channel in San Diego to being snatched up by TheBlaze. How has fame changed your life?
Tomi Lahren: I’ve been blessed with an incredible platform but that platform comes with drawbacks. It wasn’t until my trip to D.C. for President Trump's inauguration that I realized how quickly my daily life is changing.... I am usually alone when I travel for work and my favorite way to get the lay of the land is to walk the city. I can’t do that anymore. It’s too dangerous. I realized that in the most jarring way possible while in D.C. As soon as one person recognized me a swarm of protesters huddled around me. I have never been in physical danger like that before. The online social media hate is one thing, credible threats is another.
That being said, I am also blessed with a great base of support. When young ladies approach me and thank me for providing a conservative role model, it’s all worth it. When the family members of law enforcement officers approach me and thank me for being a voice for their community, it is all worth it.
“Conservative media company The Blaze has suspended political commentator Tomi Lahren, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Daily Caller.
Lahren’s show is suspended for effect for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC’s sources. A source with direct knowledge of the situation previously told TheDC that Lahren’s contract with the company goes until September, but that she may leave the company before then.
Lahren’s inflammatory style placed her at odds with other employees at The Blaze, as previously reported by TheDC. Tensions were high between Lahren and her coworkers at The Blaze even before she called pro-life conservatives hypocrites in an appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Friday.
In her appearance on The View, Lahren said she is pro-choice and called pro-life conservatives hypocrites, saying, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.”