Lahren in 2016
August 11, 1992|
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
|Residence||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Occupation||Television host, political commentator|
Tomi Lahren (born August 11, 1992) is an American television and online video host and a conservative political commentator. She currently hosts Tomi for TheBlaze. She was previously the host of On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network (OAN).
Lahren primarily gained fame in 2016 through her video monologues on Facebook from her "Final Thoughts" segment from her show on TheBlaze. These videos have earned millions of "likes" and "shares" on Facebook. She has been a vocal critic of the 2016 U.S. national anthem protests started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and she has also been highly critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her most watched video (with 66 million views) is one in which she criticizes Kaepernick for his protest. In November of 2016, BBC News labeled Lahren as "the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook."
Lahren was born on August 11, 1992. She grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a military family, and attended Central High School. She is of Norwegian and German heritage. She graduated from UNLV in 2014 and moved to San Diego shortly thereafter. Lahren also hosted and was an associate producer for the political roundtable show, The Scramble for her university's television program. She also interned for Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem, serving as the first intern for Noem's Rapid City office.
Hoping to find an internship in political commentary, Lahren applied to OAN, obtained an interview, and was instead offered the opportunity to host her own show. She moved to San Diego, California and began working for OAN. On Point debuted in August 2014.
In July 2015, a video of her commentary concerning the 2015 Chattanooga shootings became a widely distributed video and garnered international press. Prior to this event, Lahren caused a smaller wave of press attention in March 2015 when she appeared at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, and deflected the stereotype of Republicans as "old, rich, white males" by comparing them to the top Democratic presidential candidates as "Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Old, rich, white, and if the pantsuit fits ... male too?"
On November 30, 2016, Lahren appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for a 26-minute interview segment that went viral the following day. Many critics compared her appearance with former host Jon Stewart's friendly rivalry with Bill O'Reilly.
In July 2016, Lahren issued a tweet comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition asking for her to be fired from TheBlaze.
In November 2016, Lahren released a video on the protests against Donald Trump. She commented that "a bunch of sore losers gathered together isn't a protest, it's a tantrum."
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