dialogue with the other side. Why? You went on “The Daily Show”
with Trevor Noah.
RUSH: His own audience slammed him for giving you the platform. Don’t misunderstand, there’s nothing wrong with it, but
what is it about dialogue with these people that appeals to you?
Why not just be confident with defeating them?
LAHREN: Because I do think that it’s important to understand the
other side. Maybe that’s to strengthen my own argument, but I do
think the discussion is important. Unlike some who just want to be
controversial to get name recognition or notoriety, I actually do want
to change the conversation. And I want to be
part of the conversation.
RUSH: Right, but they
don’t want the dialogue,
they want to shut you
down, they want to
dwarf you, they want to
dominate you, they want
to send you away and
LAHREN: Yes, of course
they do. But they almost
can’t avoid it — they almost have to talk to me
because they know my
star is rising. For example, “The Daily Show”
with Trevor Noah, I got
their ratings to a point
that they have not been
in a long, long time.
“The Daily Show” was
ecstatic. Comedy Central was ecstatic. Especially with the election
of Donald Trump, the
left are starting to realize
that they can no longer
just talk to each other, because there are a hell of a lot of conservatives or just average everyday Americans who don’t live in New York
or L.A. who voted in this election, and we have a voice.
RUSH: Absolutely. Tomi, you say you don’t think of yourself as a
journalist. You’re a commentator. Where did this desire to be in the
media come from, do you think?
LAHREN: Watching the mainstream media and being incredibly
frustrated by it. [Laughs] Even watching something as simple as the
news, where they’re supposed to be reporting the who, what, why,
where, when. The liberal slant that I saw from a very young age —
living in Rapid City, South Dakota with two working-class parents,
raised from humble beginnings, hard-working folks like most
Americans are — frustrated me to the point that I felt that a new
voice had to emerge. Luckily I’ve been blessed with the opportunity
to have my voice emerge, and be a part of that conversation and
dismantle what they’re doing.
RUSH: You became a Trump supporter after Marco Rubio lost.
During the campaign you were reported to be an informal advisor
on social media. Are you still involved with the Trump team in
LAHREN: I actually haven’t had a personal conversation with Donald Trump since 2014 at CPAC, but I have been involved with Don,
Jr. and the social media team. I’ve met a lot of great folks through
them, but I’m not an advisor by any means. I also don’t want to get
too close to the Trump Administration because I will be critical of
it. First and foremost, I’m an American, then I’m a Trump supporter. To me it’s important to have that distance. I wanted to make
sure he got elected because I did think it was
the best thing for the country, I still do, but I
won’t use my voice to just be a puppet. That
will never happen.
RUSH: Very wise. You say you think you are
“too controversial” for Fox News. Why?
LAHREN: Even with an outlet like Fox News,
which is really the best thing we core conservatives have as far as mainstream television, I do
see where they would be fearful of me because I
am unfiltered. Some people read that as controversial or angry. I’m hoping to change that,
though. I don’t think what I say is necessarily
controversial to common-sense-loving folks. I
think it’s controversial to those who don’t want
to hear the truth. But they’re still watching.
That’s the lovely thing about it — I have just as
many haters watching me as I have supporters,
and they’re driving up
my numbers. It’s fun.
RUSH: I don’t think
people are nearly as
afraid of controversy as
they used to be. In many
cases, it’s much more
desired. But I don’t
think that’s what you’re
talking about, really.
You want to build your
own media empire, I’ve heard you say, and being on Fox would be
working for somebody else, and in that sense it’s still limiting. I
think you want to be mentioned first in the equation. That kind
of ambition is fabulous.
LAHREN: We’ll see where it goes. I always just say, onward and
upward. I never know what the future is going to bring. I’m at The
Blaze now. Back in 2014 when I was graduating UNLV, The Blaze
denied me an internship. I wasn’t good enough. [Laughs] So now
they pay me and I’m one of their most notable talents. It’s interesting the way things work out. So I just work hard, I stay in my lane,
whatever comes, and I’ll make the best of it.
RUSH: Congratulations and keep it up. Whatever it is you desire, I
hope you get that and more. Thanks, Tomi.
LAHREN: Thank you so much. Like I said, it’s a childhood dream
“What they don’t realize, especially in this age of social
media, is every time they write a mean article about
me, or make fun of me, or tweet about me, they’re only
making my star burn brighter.” — Tomi Lahren