Tomi Lahren is afraid of being attacked physically and verbally.
Lahren witnessed the event when Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of The United States from a seat on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. In her short, shareable “Final Thoughts” segments, the 24-year-old conservative firebrand has backed Trump and bashed everything from Black Lives Matter (“the new KKK”) to the mainstream media (“liberals who masquerade as journalists”) to refugees from war-torn Middle Eastern countries (“rape-u-gees”) to all manner of liberal “snowflakes,” including the “disgruntled women” from whom she’s now trying to hide.
Avoiding the march all day, Lahren, hunkered down in her hotel, the members-only Metropolitan Club. But now she’s nervously navigating her way through the crowds so she can get to the Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House, the place where I asked her to meet me for the first of the several interviews we plan to conduct.
As soon as we sit down, Lahren tells me that last night, while she was walking to the Liberty Ball, a group of people she describes as “wearing hoodies with the black-power symbol on the back”, recognized her.
“They shouted, ‘That’s Tomi! Get her!’” Lahren says. “So I jumped into a cab. I didn’t hail it. I just saw this cab, and I booked it inside.”
Today, Lahren’s popularity measures more than 700,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram in addition to her 4.3 million followers on Facebook.
In early March, Lahren emerges from an ice-cold set, typing the hourlong political talk show, Tomi for which she was hired to host in 2015.
Jessica Grose, the producer of “Tomi” and Lahren’s close friend, asked a picture of her as she wanted to capture Lahren’s outfit for Instagram. Her “Tim Tomi” shirt made by the Bullets and
Bombshells Gun Society.
Lahren today’s outfit: tank top with a silk-screened image of Donald Trump hugging an American flag.
“Opinionated and outspoken” at a very young age ,as her father says,Lahren was determined to turn her outspokenness into a vocation.
She says. “My life goal in college was to someday get a show where I could do that.”
She got that show sooner than she expected. She hosted her first show called “On Point.”
The main reason why she was hired for hosting “Final Thoughts” is because she had already found an audience and “bubbled-up” on Fb.
On July 2015 on “Final Thoughts” she delivered on the murder of four Marines by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a Muslim and naturalized U.S. citizen. Lahren argued it didn’t matter that Abdulazeez hadn’t been linked conclusively to any known terrorist groups. “I’m sorry, but radical Islam is becoming the rule, not the exception. Yesterday’s moderate is today’s terrorist.” She then suggested President Barack Obama needed to be much more aggressive in the fight against terrorists overseas. “Put the fear of God in their desert.”
About a year after that, Lahren used another attack by a Muslim-American, the killing of 49 people in an Orlando nightclub by Omar Mateen, to make a painfully awkward joke at the start of her presentation to 400 young women at a Turning Point USA conference in Dallas.
In many ways, what Lahren says is not just what young conservatives are thinking, but what all conservative are thinking and what many are already saying.
By hunging a Trump-Pence poster, she was the only one of The Blaze’s on-air talents to openly back the new president.
After the presidential election, Lahren appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Daily Show.”
As big as “The Daily Show” was for Lahren, “The View” might have been even bigger for her personally.
Three months before she went on “The View,” Lahren did an interview with the New York Times in which she was said to be pro-choice.
Lhren’s secret success is her usage of the social media in deciding the best shot at going viral.
“In some ways, the media is the enemy of the American people,” Lahren says. “When you are instead trying to nitpick every little thing Trump does and says and you’re trying to sabotage him and demean him, delegitimize him, publish stories from unverified sources, and go out of your way to down him just for the sake of you hate him and you’re bitter, then that’s dangerous.”
Lahren has a stake in Trump’s success.She has been building Up Trump when the others were running him Down.
“I think that’s a testament to why people are watching me,” Lahren says. “It’s not the studio, the lighting, the production value. It’s my message, and my message is resonating with a lot of people.”