invent our traumas in order to make ourselves feel like we were
facing and overcoming big obstacles.
I studied Gen X and Gen Y. I am particularly interested in
Millennials. You are absolutely the future, you have more access
to information and the ability to acquire knowledge than any previous generation, and to be part of the dissemination of that
knowledge — which is what you’re doing. I try to stay in touch
with it. One of the ways I do it is by reading tech blogs. I know
these are journalists and they’re leftists. It’s amazing. Tomi, they
think Obama is the greatest. They literally are scared to death
because of climate change, that the planet will not exist and
support human life by the time
they’re 65 if we don’t get rid of oil.
How can this happen? How can
people who have otherwise active
minds, who are capable of learning,
end up being so snowed by things like
this, and be so devoted to whatever it
is that comes out of government?
LAHREN: It is amazing to me. Whereas past generations have looked towards faith and religion to fill that
void, this new generation that I’m a
part of but I don’t share the same
group-think as a lot of my peers, is
looking for something to belong to.
They don’t feel God is cool anymore,
or faith or family are cool anymore, so
they turn to things like climate
change, and feminism, and whatever
the cause of the day is, and this social
justice activism that they think they’re
advancing, like Colin Kaepernick
kneeling for the anthem. That’s what
they turn to now to belong to something, or to have a voice. It’s so
misguided, but in their minds — and because the mainstream media has validated it and encouraged and glorified these victimhood
narratives and this social justice spite that’s largely based on a false
premise — they feel like they’re doing something. Instead of actually getting up and doing something, they can sit on Twitter and
tweet with a hashtag and “be green,” worry about weather, and
somehow that validates their existence. It’s sad.
LAHREN: But I think for as many of those Millennials as there are,
there are also a lot of entrepreneurs and people who want to create
apps, who want to be innovators and want to be driving limited
government because they know that that fosters innovation. There
is that side to Millennials, they just need to be reminded and shaken out of their comfort zone and their little “safe space” to get there,
and that’s what I really hope to do.
RUSH: I think you nailed it when you said essentially that they’re
looking for meaning in their lives. What better way than to be told
you’re “saving the planet,” that your parents destroyed it by choos-
ing the wrong cars, but you can save the planet if you do X, Y, and
Z. I can see how it can be seductive. How did you survive UNLV
[University of Nevada, Las Vegas]? How did your conservatism — I
assume you grew up with it — survive the onslaught I’m sure you
got from your peers and professors while you were at college?
LAHREN: It wasn’t so much my peers. That’s the interesting thing
about Nevada. It seems it would be so urban and so liberal, but by
and large it’s not. My peers were actually far more conservative than
I ever anticipated. Of course my professors were liberal, but that
challenged me because I had such a strong sense of who I was and
my values and what I believed in, especially limited government,
and rejecting that victimhood narrative and the idea that your
feelings are more important than logic and common sense.
Having professors try to brainwash my peers was a challenge to
me, to get under their skin and to just expose them for what they
were. Not in a naggy way, or being the kid in the back who always
wants to pick a fight. That wasn’t me. I would be quiet and listen
until something would hit me. You hit a hot button of mine and
I’m going to respond. I’m going to point it out, and I’m going to
My peers, a lot of them, didn’t have that. They were so afraid they
were going to get a bad grade, they were afraid to challenge the
system or challenge authority. I always did it in a respectful way, but
it was nothing I couldn’t handle. It was a challenge I was glad to
accept. I think it trained me for the liberal media, to be honest. It
was just a microcosm of what we’re seeing right now that we deal
with on a daily basis in this industry.
RUSH: I think that’s true. You have described your approach, your
“quick takes” and your “sharp sound bites” as what works for Millennials. You say, “Mostly I’m a smart ass, I enjoy making jokes.” Is
the majority of your audience Millennials?
LAHREN: On Facebook, my largest demographic is 18-to-34 males,
followed by 18-to-34 females. Millennials can relate to what I’m saying because I’m doing it in such a quick, direct way, and I involve pop
culture. That’s something I do that a lot of others in conservative
media don’t. It’s probably a function of my age. I address Beyoncé,