Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren got into a heated debate over Black Lives Matter during ‘The Daily Show’ T.V program.
“The Daily Show” is trying to do something about the liberal media echo chamber, according to The Washington Post. Trevor Noah invited conservative commentator Tomi Lahren on his show last night for a lengthy debate, during which the two hashed out everything from Black Lives Matter to the Affordable Care Act to Donald Trump’s hot-mic recording.
Lahren is the host of TheBlaze’s “Tomi,” and Noah showed a clip of her show to give his audience — who quite possibly had never seen her series — a little introduction to her viewpoints. Coming across as an enraged version of Hayden Panettiere, Lahren railed against protesters (“crybabies with nothing better to do”), Occupy Wall Street “brats” and “the militant” Black Lives Matter movement.
“Why are you so angry?” Noah asked after the clip rolled.
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“I’m actually not that angry,” she responded. “It’s just that there are things that need to be said, Trevor, and a lot of people are afraid to say them.”
Lahren, who said that being on his show was basically coming into the lion’s den, seemed understandably more nervous than Noah, who maintained the same ultra-calm tone for most of the interview. The back-and-forth was more reasonable than most of the presidential debates, at least, with both sides giving impassioned responses to one another in comprehensible English.
Lahren admitted that what Trump said to Billy Bush about making unwanted sexual advances on women was indefensible, but she maintained that — even though she was a self-proclaimed “Marco Rubio girl” — once Trump was the Republican nominee, she had no choice but to support him.
“It was not a good day for Trump supporters,” she said of the tape release. “But I’m still comparing someone who said some nasty things, to a woman [Hillary Clinton] who has done nasty things.”
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
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When Noah asked her what her intention was with hosting her show, the South Dakota native said she wanted to give a voice to the people ignored by the coasts, who might be too afraid to speak out for fear of being labeled.
“You can call me whatever the hell you want, I won’t back down,” Lahren promised.
Noah challenged Lahren about the infamous statement she tweeted (and subsequently deleted) last July, calling Black Lives Matter movement “the new KKK” after five police officers were fatally shot in Dallas. Lahren cited violent rhetoric she allegedly heard from some protestors (“Fry ’em like bacon,” she repeated). Noah reasoned that the radical actions of the fringe aren’t representative of the larger movement, the Rolling Stone states.
Pressing the issue, Noah asked Lahren how Black people in America should meaningfully assert their First Amendment rights without peaceful protests and marches. He pointed to Colin Kaepernick’s example: “Here’s a black man in America who says, ‘I don’t know how to get a message across. If I march in the streets, people say I’m a thug. If I go out and I protest people say it’s a riot.’ What’s the right way for a black person to get attention in America?”
Lahren punted the question, and others, saying: “It’s controversial … but I think there’s some things that need to be said.”
Yeah, famous racists’ last words are usually they don’t see color, or they have black friends, according to The Root.
“You don’t see color? So what do you do at a traffic light?” Noah responded. “There’s nothing wrong with seeing color; it’s how you treat color that’s important.”
On the subject of Kaepernick, Noah wanted to know why Lahren took offense to his protest. Lahren agreed that he has the right to protest, but also said she shouldn’t be criticized for not agreeing with it.
“So because I don’t agree with what he did, I should shut up because I’m white? I should shut up? I shouldn’t be able to talk about black issues because I’m white?” Lahren said.
“No one brought up white at all,” Noah said. “I never said that. I don’t see color.”
This debate is a depiction of how white people consider the issue of racism. They always like to pretend that there is no racism in America and hence do not to seem to agree with the ideology of Black Lives Matter. But of course, it isn’t surprising that they see racism to be of no significant issue because they aren’t the ones suffering racial abuses and racial injustices.