Denounced by the left as “White Power Barbie,” Tomi Lahren is the 24-year-old star of conservative media. With a current social media following of more than 6 million, she started fresh out of college with her own show on ultra-conservative One America News Network and then TheBlaze. She regularly fire-bombed the liberal political landscape… until she stepped out of line and voiced her pro-choice stance on ABC’s The View one morning. She was subsequently fired from TheBlaze, and now we’re waiting breathlessly to see what she’ll do next. For now, let’s take a look at real Tomi Lahren, the one you don’t quite see when she’s on-camera…
She wasn’t planning to be an on-air commentator. She wanted to be an intern.
After graduating from the University of Nevada with a degree in political science in 2014, Tomi wanted to get started with an internship. She Googled “conservative news outlets,” went on an interview at One America News Network and ended up impressing the CEO so much that he built a show around her. She was 21 years old.
She’s fully aware she’s in the entertainment business.
Tomi readily admits that she’s not a journalist. She has said that she is a commentator, not a journalist, and has said that her shows are not about presenting news neutrally, but about commentary and “mak[ing] the news.”
She learned early on she didn’t want to be a politician. She just wanted to talk about them.
Tomi’s internship with Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s Rapid City office (in Tomi’s hometown) taught her how government worked. And that’s when she decided she wanted to commentate on politics, not participate in the actual process.