When liberal favorite Trevor Noah invited conservative inamorata Tomi Lahren on The Daily Show to talk politics, you know that things were bound to get interesting. Lahren, beloved by her conservative audience for being unabashedly outspoken, often goes viral for her rants against Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick, and more. Noah, on the other hand, is a South African comedian who panders to his liberal audience through jokes and biting segments that often depend on calling out conservatives. Surprisingly, these two managed to sit down to have an extremely interesting (and mostly cordial) conversation about the current state of affairs.
Comedy Central originally only aired six minutes of the 26-minute conversation, but the full version of the interview is available below.
Lahren is the 24-year-old host of Tomi on TheBlaze. You have probably seen the young republican angrily ranting into camera on your Facebook feed at some point, occupying the space somewhere between Megyn Kelly and Malibu Barbie. But make no mistake, this blonde is far from being dumb. Lahren is incredibly smart and extremely tenacious, and held fast to her opinions as she was slowly devoured by Noah and his critiques.
Trevor Noah had a gentle approach to the conversation, pointing out the hypocrisy in Lahren's proclamations while keeping the conversation productive rather than steering it in a contentious direction. Despite the niceties, things definitely got tense while talking about Lahren's views on Black Lives Matter.
When Noah asked Lahren to clarify what she meant when she called Black Lives Matter "the new KKK," Lahren said, "Because I criticized a black person or the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t mean I’m anti-black. It doesn’t mean I don’t like black people or that I’m racist." She then said, "I don’t see color," which elicited groans from the studio audience.
"You don't see color? I don't believe that at all," responded The Daily Show host. "There’s nothing wrong with seeing color, it’s how you treat color that’s important." If Noah were holding a microphone, he surely would have dropped it in that moment.
Lahren already took to Twitter to talk about the turbulent but critical conversation. Of course, she used it as an opportunity to throw an insult at liberals, but hey, that's just her brand.
But ultimately, she has no ill will toward Trevor Noah and acknowledges that the two have common goals.
Lahren also addressed the bullying of both her and Noah, calling for civility from those on either side (if you read the comments on the tweet, you will see that no one took her advice).
Here are my final thoughts, à la Tomi Lahren:
Walking into the "lion's den" and going toe-to-toe with Noah in the first place was brave of Lahren. She knew walking in that she was going to be ripped a new one from Noah and his obnoxious laughing audience. Still, her willingness to be on the show proves that she is at least a little open to conversation with those who vehemently oppose her views, which is more than can be said for many pundits and figureheads on both sides of the fence. Although many viewers of The Daily Show won't agree with what Lahren says (or how she says it), listening to people who you disagree with you is an important step to healing the ever-growing national divide— even if it does make you want to hurl yourself out a window sometimes.