Somebody tell Tomi Lahren to take several seats, please. While we thought we had seen the last of her, once fired from The Blaze for being too liberal on views of women’s reproductive rights, it seems she has managed to rear her confused little blonde head once again. Seeming to have no awareness of her own hypocrisy, in an interview with comedian Chelsea Handler last Saturday at Politicon, the unemployed pundit criticized Obamacare with one side of her mouth, while citing the way it benefits her out of the other.
During the interview, Lahren spent nearly ten minutes criticizing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). However, when Handler asked Lahren what healthcare plan she has, Lahren admitted, “Well luckily, I’m 24, so I am still on my parents’”. The ability of dependents to remain on their parents’ healthcare until the age of 26 was a key component of the Affordable Care Act. Lahren later went on saying, “To say there are things from Obamacare that are not positive, that’s not true.” Just a little over a week ago, Lahren recorded her own post-TheBlaze Final Thought condemning support of Obamacare. However, upon exposure, it seems there is an asterisk next to her condemnation. And it is that hypocrisy that highlights the exact problem with people who oppose the Affordable Care Act.
Lahren contends that the under 26 component is a good one, because she benefits from it. However, it was a huge point of criticism when it was originally passed. The extended insured time for dependents increased premiums for employers and affected the pay of those who decided to allow their dependent adult children to opt in. Yet, like many others who criticize any program that in some way benefits them, Lahren only sees what benefits herself as positive. All else can go. The millions of people who found insurance where they were previously uninsured (outside of the under 26 dependent crowd) no longer matter, because she is not one of them.
Lahren is known for her far right opinions, fueled by her limited understanding of things that do not directly pertain to her own everyday life. In the past three years the 24 year old has become known for her controversial comments equating the Black Lives Matter Movement to the KKK, insisting that Beyoncé, Jesse Williams, and Collin Kaepernick are causing the national racial divide rather than reacting to it, and attacking former President Obama for every step he made. She has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act since it was enacted, failing to mention, until now, that she does enjoy benefitting from it. However, despite her ability to benefit, the reality is, with the media contracts she is able to secure, she really doesn’t NEED it. So even though she enjoys the benefits, she can go without; so to hell with anyone who can’t.
It is this exact ignorant, apathetic attitude that has characterized Lahren’s young career and forced her into our social media timelines. Whether garnering outrage or support, she speaks from a position of youth and limited experience. She speaks on what she’s heard rather than what she actually knows. But she does so with so much stubborn conviction that to those who are as limited in experience and mindset as she is, it seems like she knows what she’s talking about. For those of us who actually DO KNOW, let’s just stop giving her the attention she craves. Like many of the social media generation, she thrives on likes, dislikes, and trolls. She feeds on it. So let’s starve her out. Let’s force her to again, take a damn seat, and just start pretending she’s not even there.