On Wednesday, Tomi Lahren, host of TheBlaze's Tomi, exchanged jabs with Trevor Noah during a sit-down interview on The Daily Show. The 26-minute conversation — which covered topics from the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-Trump protesters to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protests during the National Anthem — earned Noah praise as he somehow managed to maintain a measured and respectful tone despite Lahren's mostly baffling comments.
But as civilized as the interview might have been, Lahren did not offer too much explanation about her controversial comments. On Twitter, she called the Black Lives Matter movement "the new KKK" and criticized Obama's "Muslim sensitivity" over the 2015 Chattanooga shootings in a news segment last year.
For this reason, we're fact-checking some of her most recent rants.
On Colin Kaepernick
On the Aug. 29 episode of her show, Lahren said Kaepernick was just "blaming white people" for the problems in black communities. A day later, radio host Charlemagne, who hosts the nationally syndicated show The Breakfast Club, pointed out that never once singled out white people when speaking about his protest.
"Tomi, When did Colin Kaepernick blame white people for anything?" he said during his "Donkey of the Day" segment. "I read the 20-minute transcripts. He didn't say 'white people,' he said 'people!'"
On "radical Islam"
Prior to joining TheBlaze, Lahren hosted a show called On Point, which aired on the One America News Network. In one of her 2015 segments, she claimed that Muslim communities in the United States are pledging loyalty to terrorist groups like ISIS. "Radical Islam is becoming the rule, not the exception," she said, adding that "yesterday's moderate is today's terrorist" in the wake of the 2015 Chattanooga shootings. The segment was eventually removed from YouTube.
Well, it turns out it's not exactly "the rule." The most recent Pew Center survey found that 86% of Muslims living in the United States believe that "[terrorism] tactics are rarely or never justified." In fact, the majority of Muslims living in Western nations are also concerned about "the threat of Islamic extremism," the survey found.
On environmental issues
Lahren's views on environmental concerns would make Myron Ebell proud. "I'd like to see more oil and natural gas from Texas, Alaska, North Dakota and a little less from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and [scoff] our good buddies in Iran," she said last year, later adding "Barack Obama and the EPA do nothing to foster innovation, and it's innovation that brings us back 'drill, baby, drill' and 'frack, baby, frack'," she added.
But Obama has hardly been light on innovation in terms of energy and the environment. His clean power initiative has been hailed by environmental groups as the "single biggest step our government has ever taken." The act aims at cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. It also grants power to the Environmental Protection Agency to expand renewable energy. And in February, he included $13 billion in his final budget to fund clean energy research and development over the next five years.
It behooves Lahren to learn more about fracking's dangerous effects. According to Alternet, fracking causes earthquakes, pours 40,000 gallons of chemicals into each site and uses 8 million gallons of water per fracking, among other devastating consequences. And since she wants more drilling in North Dakota, we recommend that she read up on Standing Rock.