Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren has sensationally called out Beyonce by saying, “Your husband was a drug dealer. For fourteen years, he sold crack cocaine. Talk about protecting black neighborhoods? Start at home.” The criticism comes after Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance, which invoked the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter and the shooting of Mario Woods.
Lahren is a 23-year-old broadcaster on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network where she hosts the show Tomi. You can watch her full rant against Beyonce above.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. She Accused Beyonce’s Fans of Believing That ‘Racism Is a One-Way Street’
In a post on her Twitter page regarding the Internet trolls who have targeted her, Lahren said:
Don’t you dare come at me with your hate and your call to violence and your threats on my life and tell me racism is a one-way street.
Among the epitaphs that Lahren has been hit with are “redneck ass bith” and “racist cracker,” according to TMZ. Though Lahren wrote that she believes Beyonce’s fans missed her message.
During her original rant, Lahren had said:
[Beyonce] just like President Obama, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Al Sharpton and so many others that just can’t let America heal, you keep ripping off the historical bandaid. Why be a cultural leader when you can play the victim, right? Guess what Beyonce? White people like your music too.
White people buy your songs on iTunes, memorize your lyrics and admire your talent and beauty. Little White girls wanna be like you just as little Black girls do, but instead of that, you’d rather perpetuate the great battle of the races.
In a tweet, Lahren went on to call the Black Lives Matter movement “pure poison.”
2. In College, Lahren Wrote a Glowing Tribute to a Black Lives Matter Activist Who Had Turned to Stripping
During her time in college, where Lahren studied broadcast journalism at the University of Las Vegas, she wrote an article for the Review Journal. The piece is focused on Malyssa Hiroko Essex, a fellow student who had turned to stripping for financial reasons.
In the piece, Essex talks about working for on Capitol Hill has an intern for Nevada Senator Harry Reid. Lahren refers to her classmate as a “feminist and future career professional.” The article closes with Lahren’s words:
A woman can spend her days in the classroom and her nights on the pole. Those in the industry say the morality issue aside, it is a job, and as long as there are people willing to pay, strippers will take their clothes off.
According to her Instagram page, these days Essex is a Black Lives Matter activist who posted a meme in celebration of the Black Panthers in December 2015.
3. Donald Trump Told Her Never to Move to Fox News
After Lahren first gained national attention in the summer of 2015, Donald Trump tweeted her saying:
Glad to hear u liked my performance. It’s good to see there are some smart blonde tv pundits. Just don’t ever move to Fox News.
In July 2015, she appeared as a guest on Fox & Friends. She began her media career in working for One America News Network. Lahren described it as an “alternative to Fox News,” according to a feature in the Rapid City Journal. Later in the article, she said, “Young people don’t feel they can relate to the conservatives they see on Fox News. They need a new face, that can speak to them, not at them.”
You can now watch Lahren for only $1 on The Blaze.
4. Her Boyfriend Is a Navy SEAL Who ‘Inspires’ Her
It was Lahren’s rant against President Obama in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting that propelled her to national stardom. The Daily Mail reports that she was inspired in the rant by her boyfriend, Navy SEAL, Jerad Christian. The couple have been dating since February 2015 after meeting in San Diego.
According to her Facebook page, Lahren is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, and now lives in Dallas. She’s from a family of Marines.
5. She Believes in Fracking
Among Lahren’s many controversial political positions is the notion that fracking is a positive and that climate change is a myth. She also believes in energy independence, telling the Rapid City Journal:
Last week I was honored to discuss energy independence and domestic oil production on the show. One of my guests was the president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, Ron Ness.
We talked about the oil boom in North Dakota and how our region is working to make America more energy independent. I am privileged to have this national platform to showcase the great things about the Dakota region. It is about time the rest of the country recognized our potential.