By Ellie Milton
I am a liberal, and I admire Tomi Lahren. Yes, you read that right. Tomi Lahren, for those of you who don’t know of her, is the host of Tomi, a talk show on the TheBlaze network. A political commentator best known for her Final Thoughts segment on her show, Tomi has been the target of immense criticism as well as a large amount of praise as clips of Final Thoughts have circulated social media platforms this year. Tomi’s political beliefs and mine could not be more different; she has expressed her opposition to feminism, is opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement, and constantly refers to liberals as “special snowflakes” (a new term coined to label liberal individuals as sensitive, entitled, and “unique” beings) as well as openly expressing her disagreement with any and all democratic ideologies. As a self-proclaimed liberal feminist, many would think I would despise Tomi and her outspokenness; however, I consider Tomi a great role model for millennial women.
No, this isn’t a satirical article. I did use to hate Tomi with a fiery passion. I considered her entitled and out-of-touch with reality, as many people still view her. However, as I have continued to watch her show, follow her on social media, and examine her professional life, I have developed admiration for Tomi. Although we disagree on almost everything when it comes to politics, Tomi’s pure passion for what she believes and the unapologetic way she stands up for herself is the epitome of a strong, empowering womanhood, and that is something I respect immensely. Tomi is a prime example of not apologizing for who you are; she knows what she believes and she is unwilling to change who she is simply because she receives backlash. Her debate with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show exhibited poise, professionalism, and passion. She has spoken out several times about the importance of having conversations with those who disagree with you, and frequently notes that whether the viewer is agreeing or disagreeing with her, they are still reacting to it and that is what is important.
Although Tomi’s beliefs are pretty much the exact opposite of mine, looking at her as a fellow educated and empowered woman instead of an enemy showed me that it is extremely important for “open-mindedness” to not solely extend to those on the side of your own political ideologies. Too often, I witness individuals, who claim to be open-minded, refusing to respect, listen to, or understand opposing opinions. Observing only opinions that coincide with your own is not only hindering to your personal knowledge, but it impedes any attempt to gain respect from those who disagree with you. Tomi is an extremely successful and educated young woman, and her confidence, knowledge, outspokenness, and ability to laugh at herself is something we should all take notes on when it comes to publicly expressing our political viewpoints.
I am a Democrat. I am a feminist. I would probably fall into Tomi’s definition of a “snowflake” for supporting certain policies. I support Black Lives Matter, I voted for Hillary, and the thought of Donald Trump being president makes me feel like Michael Scott did when Toby came back to Dunder Mifflin. I also find the twitter memes about Tomi pretty funny, but I’d like to think Tomi does too. All these things aside, I respect Tomi Lahren and her opinions. I consider Tomi a role model. I think Tomi’s confidence is incredible, as is her pettiness on twitter. We may not agree on much, but I think Tomi and I would agree on one thing: there are few things more important than having confidence in your beliefs. And those, America, are my final thoughts.