Tomi Lahren recently agreed to a settlement that ended her lawsuit against Glenn Beck and TheBlaze — but she still wants to set the record straight.
The 24-year-old conservative political commentator sat down with Playboy and seemed optimistic about the future of her career.
“Those who feel threatened by you or your success will seek to tear you down,” Lahren told the magazine. “But I’m not going anywhere. People tell me all the time that my 15 minutes are up. Well, my 15 minutes have been a couple years now, and every month I seem to have a viral moment.”
Lahren also got candid about her public persona.
“One thing my parents never raised me to be was a diva. I’m pretty low maintenance,” Lahren said, refering rumors about her behavior at TheBlaze. “I’m the hardest worker you’ll ever meet. Anything to the contrary, I would look at the source and ask what their motivation is for saying this. Are they doing it because they really think that or are we in a lawsuit and they’re trying to smear me?”
Lahren was ousted from her role at TheBlaze after the host said she was in favor of abortion rights while appearing on ABC’s “The View” on March 17.
Lahren detailed her views on feminism to Playboy.
“To say that a woman can be simplified into wanting free abortions or free birth control, and by using a false statistic like the 77 cents on the dollar is bulls–t; to say that’s what female empowerment is? That’s discrediting and insulting to women like myself,” she said. “Saying, ‘Give me, give me, give me’ is not female empowerment. As a woman, I care more about immigration than I do free birth control. Does that make me anti-woman? No, it just means that I don’t wake up everyday and think of myself first and foremost as a woman.”
Lahren added, “I think of myself as an American, as a daughter, as a friend. I don’t wake up and think, ‘What can I get for free today because I’m a woman’ or use my gender to further some kind of entitlement for me.”
Lahren also insisted that the some feminists she’s encountered throughout her career have claimed her success is only because she’s a “young blonde female.” She said those accusations are frustrating and that critics “always talk down to me.”
“I also believe the mainstream media is very combative right now because they realize they’re losing relevance,” she explained. “People are going to social media for a lot of their news because the trust for the mainstream is at an all-time low. They don’t seem to understand this. So they seek everyone outside-of-the-box and try to delegitimize them instead of embracing them. They don’t think we’re as good as they are because we’re not a network where letters make up our name, and so we’re not as important. Which is just not the case anymore.”