Who Is Tomi Lahren? 8 Things You Need to Know About the 24-Year-Old Conservative Commentator

Clips from her controversial talk show keep going viral.


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 Streep's brutal honesty, she also faced backlash from some conservatives. President-elect Donald Trump personally tweeted a response, for example.

Among those sending criticism Streep'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.

"[Robert Herring] asked me what I wanted to do. I told him I would literally 'do whatever.' I just wanted the opportunity," Lahren explained to the Rapid City Journal. "He looked at me and said, 'How about your own show.' My jaw dropped. I was stunned. I just wanted an internship. He gave me a show."

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.

In August 2015, Lahren left OANN and in October 2015, she premiered her current nightly talk show, Tomi, on Glenn Beck's network The Blaze.

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 Obama that quickly went viral, launching her to internet fame.

By August 2015, she had completed her last show with OANN and teased "something new" to fans on Twitter. That "something new" was her new job.

4. She used to intern for a member of Congress.

Before going into political commentary, Lahren interned for Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem. She says that experience cemented her passion for politics, but also taught her that she didn't want to be a politician herself.

"I wanted to talk about it. I wanted to give voice to what our representatives do on a daily basis," she told the Rapid City Journal.

5. She was an unofficial adviser during Trump's campaign.

According The New York Times, Lahren has said she'd contributed to the Trump campaign as an unofficial adviser to the social media team. She also appeared in Facebook Live broadcasts for the campaign leading up to the election.

6. Her appearance on The Daily Show generated a lot of buzz.

In November, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah interviewed Lahren about her role as a voice for young conservatives. Noah encouraged his liberal-leaning audience to be polite to Lahren during her appearance, but he didn't pull punches.

Though the audience did boo and laugh at her at times during the interview, Lahren didn't seem bothered. After the interview, she said, "There were some people in the audience that were just there to razz me."

7. She's even come for Beyoncé.

After Beyoncé's widely-acclaimed Super Bowl halftime performance, Lahren dedicated her controversial and popular Final Thoughts segment to an extended criticism of everything from Bey's performance to the Black Lives Matter movement. She also included a personal jab at Jay Z, just for good measure.

In December, she again railed against Beyoncé and the Black Lives Matter movement in a response MTV's "2017 Resolutions for White Guys" video. "Apparently, white males are no longer allowed to say 'all lives matter' or 'blue lives matter' or 'woke' because a group of snowflakes on MTV say so," she said during the segment. "Nah, I don't think so. Let me help you all out, because you clearly don't get it. And since I'm a white female, I guess your crap doesn't fully apply to me anyway."

8. She's been called a racist, but has denounced the alt-right.

Although she's been called "White Power Barbie," Lahren has made public statements denouncing some of the more radical conservative groups and ideologies. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Lahren condemned the racist "alt-right" movement, calling it "disgusting," and claiming that she would never be "an advocate, a cheerleader or an apologist for the K.K.K. or any other hate group."

She's also hung out with radio host Charlamagne Tha God (and had him on her show to debate the Beyoncé Super Bowl halftime performance). Though the two of them agreed on almost nothing, they both stressed how important it was that they have a conversation at all.

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