In the aftermath of the 2016 election, a common refrain has been that both political sides should leave their “bubbles” and talk to each other. On Wednesday night, The Daily Show did just that, inviting conservative Tomi Lahren, host of a show on Glenn Beck’s online network, the Blaze, for an interview that was often contentious, sometimes infuriating, and utterly fascinating to watch.
Lahren’s claim to fame has been her ring-wing rants against everything from the mainstream media to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest. (Noah has previously called her “the least woke, most awake person I have ever seen.”) Though they touched on a number of topics, including whether Donald Trump is “reasonable” (LOL), the conversation grew most heated while discussing race and the Black Lives Matter movement, which Lahren compares to the Ku Klux Klan.
“For somebody who is not racist, you spend a lot of time saying, ‘I’m not racist,’ ” pointed out Noah. “Just because I criticized a black person or the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t mean I’m anti-black,” Lahren countered. “I don’t see color. I go after Hillary Clinton, and she’s as white as they come.” But Noah wasn’t having any of it.
Lahren was initially displeased by a condensed version of the interview that aired on Wednesday night, but Comedy Central also released the full 26-minute version online, and the two ended things on a note of conciliation.