Does Tomi Lahren deserve all the hate?
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Does Tomi Lahren deserve all the hate?

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Since she rose to prominence in 2016 after making a number of viral Facebook videos, Tomi Lahren has become one of the most controversial commentators in the political world. Some applaud her as a role model for speaking her mind and not caring what people think. But others find her commentary to be tone deaf and opportunistic. Critics argue there is nothing to admire about a woman who uses her looks and bigotry to get ahead. Does Tomi Lahren deserve all the hate? 💁🏼

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Tomi Lahren rose to prominence during the 2016 election after making viral videos that resulted in over 4.5 million Facebook followers. After getting fired from The Blaze for making pro-choice comments, Lahren became a regular contributor on Fox News and a national political star.

Cammie Valentine argues in Odyssey that whether or not you agree with Lahren's political views, she is an excellent role model for young women. Valentine argues women should be able to be role models regardless of their political party.

I just think that woman pick and choose who those “role models” should be based on political parties. I personally think that Tomi Lahren is one of those women who is overlooked and under-appreciated by the female population because she supports President Donald Trump. But again, regardless of your political party, Tomi Lahren is someone who little girls should be looking up to and told about.

Valentine notes Lahren has all the characteristics of a great role model: strong, outspoken and well-respected in a male-dominated field. Just because she's a conservative, doesn't mean she isn't someone girls can't look up to. Tomi doesn't deserve all the hate she gets.

She works in a field that as we all know is very male-dominated and has still made a name for herself and is well respected. If she wasn’t, you wouldn't be seeing her on TV still [...] Why then do we tear down the woman who is doing exactly what you march for, just because they support someone that you don't? Tomi Lauren embodies everything that you marched for.

But just because Lahren is a "strong woman," doesn't mean she's a role model.

Lahren compared Black Lives Matters to the KKK and has made several racially charged―if not outright racist―comments. When Lahren was kicked off The Blaze for voicing her pro-choice stance, Aja Barber argued in Ravishly that feminists wouldn't be coming to her rescue.

Not only is Lahren confusing in her views (or rather opportunistic), but she’s also got a lovely history with racism. Whether it’s: Calling Jay-Z a drug dealer and saying Beyonce was married to a drug dealer [or] Calling BLM the new KKK.
Lahren has been playing that game all along while making fun of women for marching — for EXACTLY the reasons she now finds herself in the unemployed line for...The harm that Lahren has done to other women has significantly outweighed my desire to stand with her now that the hand that feeds her has left her out, standing in the cold.

Sure, Lahren may be opinionated. But she is also an opportunist who has used her looks and racist commentary to make a name for herself. If you put that much hate out into the world, don't be surprised if some of it comes back at you.

But is Tomi Lahren really that hateful? When asked about Aaron Schlossberg, the lawyer who went on a racist rant against two women for speaking Spanish, Lahren wholeheartedly rejected Schlossberg's behavior.

"I think you can have a conversation about policy, I think you can believe in assimilation, as I do. And merit-based immigration. But you treat people with respect. I would never do that, it’s ridiculous," she added. "I treat people with respect."

Her fans continue to come to her defense.

And many of Lahren's fans feel she is unfairly singled out.

But others argue Tomi has nobody to blame but herself. You reap what you sow. 

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