In 2015, a new wave began in the world of political commentary. With short, sharp and concise videos, Tomi Lahren began her ascent as a star in political commentary, criticizing liberal politics. Since then, the young conservative commentator has become one of the most recognizable names in political conversations, drawing praise and criticism in equal measure.
Even though she has spent a relatively short number of years in what she does, Lahren’s career milestone rivals those who have been in the industry for eons. She has her talk show on a national network and worked on the successful campaign for US President, Donald Trump. Below is how she made it all happen.
Tomi Lahren’s Rise to Fame in Political Commentary
Growing up in Rapid City, South Dakota, Tomi Lahren always harbored the dream of becoming a political commentator. Thus, she channeled her efforts into acquiring the skills she needed to become one. Firstly, she earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Nevada.
Backed by supportive parents who kindled her passion for political debate with dinner conversations, she engaged in several extracurricular activities related to politics. In college, she hosted a political roundtable show titled The Scramble and gained experience in governance by interning for now-former Congresswoman, Kristi Noem.
After her internship with the congresswoman, she began life as a political commentator by securing a show at One America News Network (OANN). Tomi originally applied for an internship position with the network but her experience and growing reputation got her the start she needed for her career.
The Exploits of Her Commentator Career
For OANN, she hosted On Point with Tomi Lahren, debuting the show in August 2014. She spent about a year with the network before a viral video she made about the 2015 Chattanooga shootings opened the doors to bigger opportunities for her. She left OANN in August 2015 and joined the conservative media platform, TheBlaze, in November.
At TheBlaze, a platform that catered to a wider audience of conservatives, Tomi Lahren quickly became a star. The final thoughts segment of her show served as the vehicle for her success both in traditional and social media where she repeatedly went viral. Her career with TheBlaze came to an unceremonious end after she announced she was pro-choice on an episode of The View, a position firmly against conservative ideals. Despite the setback to her rise, Tomi was able to land on her feet after agreeing to a settlement with TheBlaze that allowed her to keep her social media page.
Using her social media page, Tomi Lahren moved on to establish herself as a prominent voice for conservatives. This status eventually led her to a position at Great American Alliance, where she worked in communications following a successful stint as an unofficial social media adviser to the Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign.
Joining Fox News Network
In August 2017, her childhood dream of becoming a political commentator reached an important milestone. She joined Fox News Network as a contributor. After a few months as a contributor, she was given her show titled First Thoughts on Fox Nation.
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As a political commentator, she has appeared on several shows like Fox and Friends, Outnumbered, Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Watters’ World, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Tomi Has an Ever-Growing Army of Critics
As a leading conservative political commentator, Tomi Lahren has a large number of critics, both from liberals and conservatives alike. Although recognized for her right-wing opinions, some of her deviation from the ideals of the conservative movement has drawn massive criticism.
Lahren has drawn criticisms for her support of same-sex marriage. Her pro-choice stance has also made her persona non-grata in certain conservative quarters. The South Dakota political commentator has also drawn criticism for her comments about Republican icons like the late Senator John McCain. She famously called the senator a RINO (Republican In Name Only) during a rally in August 2018.
However, despite drawing flak from some conservative quarters, her biggest critics remain liberals, who oppose several of the policies she stands for.
The political dichotomy of America regularly pits liberals against conservatives. And as one of the loudest conservative voices in the media, Tomi has come under fire for several of her comments and political ideology.
She has been accused of racism for her position about the Black Lives Matter movement and immigration policies. Widely considered a race-baiter, her positions on race relations in America has been the source of harsh criticism from liberal commentators.
Facts About Tomi Lahren’s Personal Life
Outside of her controversial but thriving political career, Tomi Lahren is a beautiful woman who has admirers on both sides of the aisle. Over the years, she has been in a relationship with Jerad Christian and was rumored to have dated The Bachelorette alum, Chase McNary.
Currently, Tomi is in a long-term relationship with Brandon Fricke. They began dating in 2018 and got engaged in June 2019.
Who Is Brandon Fricke?
Tomi Lahren’s fiance is a sports personality. He is currently a contract advisor for the NFL. He has extensive experience in sports, having worked with Vanguard Sports Group (2015 – 2019) and Prime Athletes (2014 – 2015).
Brandon Fricke is also a former sales associate. He worked as a Store Manager for America’s Cup, Sales Associate for Quiksilver, and was an intern at Athletes First. Tomi’s fiance is a graduate of Applied Arts and Sports Studies. He graduated from Central Michigan University and obtained a master’s degree from Arizona State University.
Tomi and Brandon share a similar political ideology and he has proven to be a massive supporter of his fiancee via his social media platform.