RUSH: Tomi Lahren! How are you?
LAHREN: Well, hello there! I’m doing pretty well. You’re making
some of my childhood dreams come true, and I’m only 24, so
RUSH: [Laughs] You’re very sweet. Thank you very much. It’s a
pleasure to meet you and to have a chance to talk to you. There’s no
“gotcha,” no tricks, none of that here.
LAHREN: Sounds good to me.
RUSH: You know, as I watch your ascent and listen to people react
to it, I’m struck by how the techniques used by the left to criticize
conservatives have not changed. Tomi, it’s incredible. Your lib crit-
ics are saying about you the same things they have been saying
about me for 30 years. Bogus charges of “racism,” “anger,” “hate,”
that you’re “controversial,” “divisive,” “dangerous,” “extreme.” How
do you deal with the criticism? Did anybody prep you for it? Did it
hit you like a bolt, or were you ready for it?
LAHREN: I’ve known for quite a while, from watching others like
yourself in conservative media, that this was going to happen. I
know that is how the left reacts when you hit a nerve with them and
you expose some truth. They immediately come at you with the
labels, because it works on a lot of other conservatives. As soon as
they’re labeled, as soon as they’re put in some kind of a box, especially an unflattering box, they back away and they’ll be quiet, and
the left wins and once again controls the narrative. I’m just one of
those people, like yourself, who is fearless. I don’t care what they
call me. I stand in my truth, I’m going to continue to stand in my
truth, and for every person who hates on me, and tweets mean
things at me, and calls me “disgusting,” and “racist,” and “
repulsive,” and “Alt-Right Queen,” I know there are 30 others who are
law enforcement officers, or they’re in the military, or they’re just
hardworking Americans, who appreciate what I’m saying. That’s
why it doesn’t faze me in the least.
RUSH: Great. Exactly. Plus, the criticism isn’t true — and you have
the benefit of knowing it isn’t true. The people you love, and who
love you, know it isn’t true. That gives you strength, too. But I really have to applaud you. When I started this 30 years ago, nobody
prepped me for it, and I struggled for years looking for ways to deal
with it. Do I ignore it? Do I respond to it? Every time I responded
to it, it increased — because the critics said, “Aha! we’re getting
under his skin!” You have found the perfect recipe for it, you just
laugh at it and you throw it back in their faces. Does the fact that
they’re predictable help you deal with it?
LAHREN: It does. I also have the ability to laugh at myself. I think
that disarms them more than anything. They come at me with a lot
of different critiques and criticisms, the way I look, the way I sound,
the way I dress. I’m used to all these things, and I can laugh at myself. I mean, you can only tell someone they have a big forehead so
many times. It’s like, “Okay, I get it. Funny.” It doesn’t bother me,
because I know I’m getting to them. What they don’t realize, especially in this age of social media, is every time they write a mean
article about me, or every time they make fun of me, or they tweet
about me, they’re only making my star burn brighter. I think they
don’t realize that, but I just gain fuel and momentum off everything they say about me. I just laugh to myself about it.
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