Conservative journalist Tomi Lahren appeared for an interview on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show for a debate on race relations.
Lahrens deserves a lot of credit as she has parlayed her tedious rant against Colin Kaepernick into millions of views and a conservative platform that is seemingly larger than The Blaze, her employer.
Noah has had some very big shoes to fill having been handed the baton by the legendary John Stewart who made the Daily Show a household name — not an easy task. And he has criticized Lahren in the past saying, “That is the least woke, most awake person I have ever seen … she’s only 24 years old, and she is already angrier than 50 Clint Eastwoods.”
He even pondered the two of them joining forces before stopping himself by saying, “We’re from two different worlds. It just wouldn’t work. I’m from Africa, you’re from heaven. But hey, we’ll always have Facebook.” Lahren put out a video invitation for the Daily Show host to come on her show.
Noah did not appear on her show, but last night, she appeared on his. And she immediately lit into those protesting Donald Trump’s election while denying that she is angry. She calls it being “called on their sh–.”
“Sometimes people just need to be called on their sh–. When you are protesting a fair and free election, that, to me, you’re going to get called on your sh– a little bit. It’s a time to clear the streets, accept reality. Time to move on, time to make America great again.”
Much of what the Daily Show host said seemed to fly over her head, however. From the outset, she seemed to be outwitted, outsmarted, and really outmatched.
“For somebody who is not racist, you have to spend a lot of time saying ‘I’m not racist,'” Noah said as he moved on to her attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement, accusing her of attempting to paint the movement with the acts of a few rogues, even making comparisons to Donald Trump and white supremacists. “You are the same person who argued on your show that just because Donald Trump has supporters from the KKK doesn’t mean he is in the KKK. What if somebody said I felt emboldened by Tomi Lahren so I went out and shot black people? Are you now responsible?”
Again, Lahren was either not able to grasp the points or was purposely ignoring them, as she continued to repeat her arguments without responding the Noah’s points.
Having hit a wall with the journalist turned YouTube hero, Noah asked her what she wishes people understood about her. “I wish that we could disagree with each other without thinking that we are bad people or ill intentioned folks,” she said.
“So because I criticize a black person or I criticize the Black Lives Matter movement, that doesn’t mean I’m anti-black. It does not mean that I don’t like black people or that I am a racists. it means I’m criticizing a movement.”
She continued on claiming that she does not “see color,” as she spoke about her “right” to criticize Colin Kaepernick. Noah responded referring to Lahren’s claim that she doesn’t see color:
“I don’t believe in that at all when people say that. There is nothing wrong with seeing color. It is how you treat color that is more important.”
He explained that when she compared Black Lives Matter to the KKK and even claims that it is “the new KKK,” then she goes beyond criticism, and in to the realm of offensive and “incendiary” speech.
Again, the comment seemed to have no effect as she merely repeated what she had already said, and continued to equate what Black Lives Matter had done to the KKK, either because she simply does not know the history of what the KKK has done or because she simply chooses to ignore it.
Speechless, Noah moved on to Kaepernick:
“Here is a black man in America who says, ‘I don’t know how to get a message across. If I march in the street, people say I’m a thug. If I go out and I protest, people say it’s a riot. If I bend down on one knee than it is not…’ What is the right way for a black person to get attention in America?”
She, again, did not have an answer, instead choosing to criticize Kaepernick for how he decided to protest, rather than telling Noah what she believes would have been an appropriate manner in which to protest.
And then, the conversation turned rather awkward. When Noah said, “A guy kneeling in the corner, I don’t understand why that offends you so much,” Lahren responded “Because I’m white, I should shut up? I shouldn’t be able to talk about black issues because I’m white?”
The response was odd because it was to a question that made no mention of color or race.
In the end, the interview seemed like a very bad mismatch. Lahren clearly does not have much knowledge on the issues beyond a façade of talking points. She is also not a very skilled debater, being incapable of even masking her ignorance. There really was not much more to it.
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