“Sometimes people just need to be called on their s**t.”
This was one of the main takeaways from Tomi Lahren’s interview with The Daily Show host Trevor Noah. The pair exchanged barbs during a fiery 25-minute political debate on Wednesday night. And that’s exactly what he did.
Lahren is a 24-year-old conservative political commentator, with her own show on right-wing media outlet, The Blaze. But the Dallas-based host is most famous for her segment “Final Thoughts” — short video rants from her show, Tomi, which regularly go viral on Facebook.
Her blistering comments against the likes of Beyonce and the Black Lives Matter movement have also garnered millions of likes from like-minded individuals on Facebook. Her official page, with more than 3.5 million followers, reads: “Whether you love what I’m saying or hate what I’m saying, you’re having a reaction to it, and that is exactly what needs to happen in this country.”
Unsurprisingly, the conservative firebrand and the TV host clashed from the moment she sat down, with Noah asked her why she is always “so angry”, showing a recent clip of Lahren skewering the anti-Trump protesters.
In the video, she refers to them as “cry babies with nothing better to do than meander around the streets with their participation trophies and false sense of purpose”.
She finishes with: “Now, here we are in November of 2016 with President-elect Donald Trump and a crowd of misfit babies formed from every failed movement, all sandwiched together to become the largest group of whiners the country has ever seen.”
Explaining her criticism of the thousands of protesters across the country in the wake of Mr Trump’s victory, Lahren told Noah, “Sometimes people just need to be called on their s**t. When you’re protesting a fair and free election … it’s time to clear the streets, it’s time to accept reality, it’s time to move on, time to make America great again, that’s all I’m saying.”
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 1, 2016
And things only got more heated from here.
Noah proceeded to challenge Lahren about the infamous statement she tweeted (and subsequently deleted) in July, calling Black Lives Matter movement “the new KKK” after five police officers were fatally shot in Dallas.
“Because I criticize a black person or I criticize the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t mean that I’m anti-black,” she said. “It doesn’t mean I don’t like black people or that I’m racist. It means that I am criticizing a movement. I don’t see color. I go after Hillary Clinton and she’s as white as they come.”
Puzzled, Noah responded: “You don’t see color? So what do you do at a traffic light? There’s nothing wrong with seeing color, it’s how you treat color that’s more important.”
This was met with cheers. The TV host asked, “You say you’re not pushing a racist narrative, and that you’re criticizing, so do you really believe you’re criticizing and you’re not malintentioned when you say things like, ‘Black Lives Matter is the new KKK?’
“You realize, Black Lives Matter can’t be the new KKK, because the KKK is still around. They have not vacated the premises … surely you understand the incendiary feeling of your comments?”
They moved on. Noah then asked Lahren about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made international headlines for kneeling during the national anthem at games to protest against the way black people are treated in America.
She agreed that Kaepernick has the right to protest, but argued that it is unfair that she should be criticized for calling him out on those protests.
“So, because I don’t agree with what he did, I should shut up because I’m white?” Lahren asked. “I should shut up? I shouldn’t be able to talk about black issues because I’m white?”
During a discussion about Obamacare, which she said was “destined to fail”, Lahren said she liked where Mr Trump was headed with his plans to repeal the health care law, adding, “I think he [Mr Trump] is level-headed, I think he’s reasonable.”
This particular comment drew laughs from the audience, which she seemed totally unfazed by.
Noah ended with a final question to Lahren, as “someone who has won”. He asked, “Do you believe that Donald Trump will follow through on his promises?”
“I will be a vocal opponent if he doesn’t,” she assured him.
To my fans: Trevor Noah is not a douche or a jerk. To Trevor's fans: I'm not a bitch or c*nt. We are people with opposing views. That's it.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) December 1, 2016
Thank you for being my guest Tomi. Our goal should be to destroy these "bubbles" not each other. You're always welcome on my show. https://t.co/AairL3cdAy
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) December 1, 2016
If I was a liberal snowflake I would complain @TheDailyShow wasn't "fair." Instead I stand my ground & take it. 6 of 26 min interview aired
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) December 1, 2016
This article was originally published on news.com.au and edited for brevity.