Conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren joined the ladies of The View Friday to discuss her unwavering support of President Donald Trump.
While discussing Trump’s revised travel ban, Lahren had a rare moment of agreement with co-host Joy Behar. Both the 24-year-old conservative and Behar agree that Saudi Arabia should be added to the list of countries whose inhabitants are banned from entering the United States.
Trump’s travel ban, dubbed a “Muslim ban” by the media, has been roundly criticized because of its specific focus on halting immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.
Its stated goal was to prevent people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.
Behar confronted Lahren about Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, claiming it is the reason why so many people are often confused by what he says.
“Didn’t he shoot himself in the foot when he said ‘Muslim ban’ [in the campaign]?” Behar asked.
Lahren acknowledged that was one of his biggest problems. However, she argued the terminology was misleading and that Trump’s travel ban doesn’t include all Muslims, so it couldn’t be a Muslim ban.
“I like to look to policy more than just talk,” Lahren said, arguing that all the countries included on the list had extremely high rates of Islamic extremism.
“We have to name the enemy,” Lahren said, clarifying that her statement didn’t mean all Muslims are the enemy.
“We have to be honest. If we can’t be honest, we’re going to continue to chase our tails,” she added.
When asked about her magnetic appeal and quick rise to fame, Lahren said simply, “I represent middle America.”
“You’ve got the two coasts, and those individuals seem to just kind of talk to each other. And you’ve got all of middle America right there that’s dying to have a voice — they don’t really feel like they have one, they’re not represented,” she said.
“I think that’s why it’s resonated. And also I do something very different. There’s not a whole lot of young conservative women out there and so I provide that for a lot of young women, they don’t have that,” Lahren concluded.
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