One America News Network’s Tomi Lahren appeared on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends Tuesday to explain her reasoning behind her viral “Final Thoughts” video. The video pertained to the attack in Chattanooga, Tenn., which left five military service members dead and which Lahren attributed to “radical Islam” instead of “workplace violence.”
“I think it’s what every American is thinking, they just don’t have the platform to say it. Everybody is busy in their daily lives, working hard, average hard-working Americans,” Lahren explained to co-host Brian Kilmeade. “They’re thinking it in their minds. They’re seeing it on TV. They’re telling it to their friends and family. They’re saying it at the dinner table, and I was just the one who came out and said it on a platform and it resonated.”
Muhammad Abdulazeez was slain last Thursday after allegedly killing four Marines and injuring several more, including an active-duty Navy reservist who died two days later. Kilmeade asked Lahren why no one else is calling Abdulazeez a Muslim extremist. Lahren explained when she first learned about the incident, it made her “mad as hell.” She continued by wondering, “Where is the leadership out of the White House?”
I don’t care if you’re a Republican, you’re a Democrat, you’re independent, you’re black, white, Christian – I don’t care. Come out, be a leader, stand in solidarity with our armed forces. That’s an American thing to do.
Just as she did in her initial video, Lahren expanded on her family connections to the military, including her grandfather, her uncle and her cousins, who served or are serving in the United States Marine Corps, Additionally, Lahren’s boyfriend is serving overseas as a Navy SEAL, “This is personal for me,” she said.
I had this conversation the night before when I still had communication with him being deployed in the Middle East and I said, ‘Did you hear about Chattanooga?’, and he said ‘Yes, I heard some headlines, What’s going on?’ And I told him, I said, ‘Honestly, we’re here in San Diego, this is a military town, you’re in the Middle East right now, and I fear that this same thing is going to happen in San Diego.
Kilmeade concluded by asking Lahren how she came to have “well-formed opinions,” especially at the age of 22. “It’s an American patriotism,” Lahren responded. “It’s something that I was born with. I grew up in the Midwest. I grew up in South Dakota. My family is patriotic.”
I’m an everyday American. What I would like to get out there is that everyday Americans feel this way. Everyday 22-year-olds feel this way. I’m just the first one to say it on the platform that I did and God bless America, I’m so glad that it’s resonating.
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