Tomi Lahren Doesn’t Deserve Sympathy

In the months following the election, it was difficult to log onto any social media platform without hearing about the 24-year-old conservative political commentator, Tomi Lahren.

After appearing on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on November 30, 2016, Lahren quickly accelerated to mainstream popularity on social media. Lahren hosted Tomi on TheBlaze, becoming recognizable for the brazen tone she demonstrated on her show. Lahren mostly gained popularity for being so controversial, as an avid Trump supporter and for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.

Furthermore, Lahren went on to criticize the feminist movement along with the Women’s March that occurred the day after Trump’s inauguration. Although she is revered for her boldness by the right, many view her as being quite racist, seeing many of her “final thoughts” as being both offensive and irrational.

However, Lahren labeled herself as being pro-choice on March 17th, 2017 during her guest appearance on The View, stating, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women should do with their bodies.”

This pro-choice proclamation did not align with the views of many of her supporters, however. Lahren was immediately suspended from TheBlaze for her comments, later being fired completely.

As a liberal, I had a sliver of disappointment of hearing a popular political commentator being shamed for their support for the pro-choice movement. But that doesn’t compare to the satisfaction of that commentator being loud and proud conservative Tomi Lahren, as she no longer has an outlet to vocalize her bigoted rhetoric and white privilege denial.

Many with polar opposite views of Lahren are coming to her defense, claiming that this an abuse of free speech and unfair treatment on her part. While I agree to a degree, I feel inclined to not give an ounce of sympathy to Tomi Lahren. Her insular views are inexcusable, and I have a rather difficult time empathizing with someone who contributes to the systems of inequality within this country. Lahren is one who demonstrates privilege on a daily basis with her narrow-minded candor while simultaneously denying that such privileges exist at all.

I won’t deny that Lahren is one to “stand in her truth,” but those “truths” aren’t just her pro-choice views. Her platform is a stark example of someone who doesn’t know how to empathize beyond her own experiences, by not considering other people’s viewpoints and labeling anyone who disagrees with her as a “liberal crybaby snowflake.” Her denials of racism, sexism, and relentless support of a leader who hardly demonstrates any leadership qualities are what I believe makes her so contemptible.

It is appalling to me that someone with such little credential would be given such a large platform, but I am gratified to see that it has quickly been taken away from her. Although I am sure that this is not the last of Tomi Lahren, I am glad she has lost a fair amount of the credibility she never deserved to begin with.

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