The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren—a darling of conservative media—may be known for her brash, reactionary commentary. But as it turns out, before she received a paycheck from Glenn Beck, the 24 year old was, in fact, a purveyor of nuance and reason.
Thursday, Syracuse University student Matt Gehring uncovered a series of videos from Lahren’s University of Nevada-Las Vegas days, where she hosted a political roundtable show on UNLV-TV called “The Scramble.”
In the 2014 videos, Lahren (whose signature shout-at-the-camera approach is noticeably absent) can be seen acknowledging the scientific consensus that climate change is real, and advocating for lawmakers to address the “multi-dimensional issue” of gun violence.
“Despite this cold snap, scientists have reached a consensus: climate change is occurring,” Lahren said in one video. “What are we going to do about it is the controversial question we will address here today.”
Tomi’s favorite hobby in 2016 was calling climate change “bad weather.” But in 2014, she said it was an agreed-upon scientific consensus. pic.twitter.com/0PkMPVNfMD
— Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
Contrast Lahren’s 2014 insistence that climate change is a problem with her 2017 claim she “[calls] it weather.”
As Gehring points out, while Lahren today “won’t mention the words ‘gun control’ without blaming Islam,” in college she managed to get through an entire segment on the nuances of gun violence without mentioning the religion.
“We need to understand that it’s a multi-dimensional issue,” she said in 2014. “So anytime you have a rampage or school shooting, it’s not caused by one thing. It’s not cause by the gun, it’s not caused by the violent media or video games, it’s not caused by mental health—anything entirely. It’s a multi-dimensional issue so it needs to be addressed from all angles.”
Tomi won’t mention the words “gun control” without blaming Islam. But she calls it a multi-dimensional issue here, with no mention of Islam. pic.twitter.com/evDEUVbdPc
— Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
The 24-year-old Lahren might disagree. Discussing police shooting victim Terence Crutcher, Lahren went on a full-throated rant about “Islamic radical terror”:
“The footage doesn’t look good. That’s why there will be a full investigation by the justice department and Tulsa PD. That how this thing works. If it wasn’t justified it would be prosecuted in that matter. Why is it that we aren’t supposed to mention Islam, even when it’s clear Islamic radical terror is the culprit? Why is it that we can’t seem to come up with a motive? Oh, but when a white officer uses force against a black suspect for any reason, automatically, without hesitation, it’s about white racism.”
Lahren, who made a name for herself by bucking “political correctness,” once hosted a panel on “how our everyday language and word choice shapes popular culture.”
In 2017, Tomi calls everyone snowflakes and fragile. But in 2014, Tomi hosted this civil discussion about slurs and their place in society. pic.twitter.com/ed31Be9e5k — Matt Gehring (@mattryanx) January 12, 2017
Thursday, Lahren defended herself against a barrage of criticism after she was caught deleting old tweets about “[popping] that p” and “Christmas tipsy texting.”
“I don’t know why y’all are thinking this is so scandalous because I say this pretty much on a weekly basis,” Lahren said in her video response Thursday, sarcastically apologizing for drinking beer and dancing on bars as a college student.
But considering her current viral videos are diametrically opposed to the Tomi Lahren of yesteryear, “I say this pretty much on a weekly basis” probably won’t work as an excuse.
Her tweets may be deleted, but the internet is forever.
‘Zombie’ Trump campaign blasted by conservative strategist: ‘They’re going to be among the Walking Dead’
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"The Week" anchor Joshua Johnson interviewed Susan Del Percio, a longtime GOP strategist and senior advisor to the Lincoln Project.
"Susan, what about the differences in strategy between the Biden campaign and the Trump campaign in terms of how they spend their dollars? We know that Trump campaign has often favored online advertising vs. on air advertising. They have some pretty creative stuff coming out in the last few days, one of the latest pieces they put out is called 'How to Catch a Zombie, Doe Biden edition' -- with a picture of Joe Biden, I think, between words so he looks a little zonked out."
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Clark County Registrar of Voters Joseph Gloria has had three decades of election experience in Nevada, but had never seen a "perfect storm," as he called it, like this before. With all hands on deck for this election cycle, Gloria helped put together an entire mail-in voting system in less than 90 days to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m as comfortable as I can be because I have an excellent staff,” Gloria said. “We learned some things in the primary and are feeling good about this cycle, but unfortunately we have people at the national level who are encouraging people to do things that disrupt the polling place and make it a challenge for us to process votes.”
Watch Kamala Harris laugh out loud when 60 Minutes asks her if Trump is racist
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) laughed when asked if President Donald Trump was racist during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday evening on CBS.
"Do you think the president is racist?" Nora O'Donnell asked.
"Yes, I do," Harris replied, with a laugh. "Yeah, I do."
"You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States," she said, referring to the racist "birther" conspiracy theory he pushed against Barack Obama.
"You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters and on the other side neo-Nazis and he talks about fine people on either side," she continued. "Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals? His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban?"