Tomi Lahren – Liberty University

November 21, 2019

>>TOMI LAHREN: Wow, thank you. Thank you. Thank you, guys, so much for having me. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been in a lot of
places, but this is one that I’ve always wanted to be in. And I have to tell you;
at 25 years old, I’m not too far away from where you guys are. Just graduated about three years ago, so I
know what it feels like to be in college. You know, I went to UNLV, so slightly different
than Liberty University, in Las Vegas, Nevada. But hey, thank you guys so much for having
me. I’m truly, truly honored to be here. And boy, what a year it’s been right? As Charles Dickens once wrote, it truly is
the best of times and the worst of times here in the United States of America. We’ve got a lot of work to do to make America
great again, but we’re well on our way. I promise you, we are. You know, and if you ever start to feel otherwise,
I want you to remind yourselves of three very important things:
Number one, you live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Number two, Donald J. Trump is your president. And I see your Trump shirt, sir. In the Trump shirt, I see you. That was a good choice today. So, let’s go through those again. Number one, we live in the greatest nation
on the face of the earth. Number two, Donald J. Trump is our president. And number three, guys, this one is very important,
so I want to hear you scream for this one- Hillary Rodham email-deleting, Benghazi-lying,
sham-foundation, crooked Clinton is not. That is one woman that is not my president,
and she’s not yours either, no matter how much they like to tell you otherwise on certain
networks. But, you know, speaking of the election, I
want to start our time together today with a little poll. And I promise you, our poll today is guaranteed
to be more accurate than any poll by the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, NBC,
MSNBC, and of course, CNN. So, here we go. I want you guys all to participate, so I’d
appreciate it if you’d help me with my poll, because I’m collecting the numbers here. It’s very important, and you guys are in college. You’re probably far better at math than I
am, so let’s do this. All right, raise your hand if you lost friends
on social media or otherwise after the 2016 election. All right, and some of you aren’t being honest. Some of you aren’t being honest. Raise your hand if you lost friends or family
members that don’t talk to you anymore after the 2016 election season. All right, next question. Raise your hand if you tend to have friends
that are like-minded, that tend to think and believe like you do. If that’s who you surround yourself with usually,
raise your hand. All right, last one:
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been told that it’s not okay to discuss religion or politics
with your friends, your family, your classmates. That’s something you’ve been told your whole
life. Don’t talk about those things. Don’t talk about religion. Don’t talk about politics. You never know which way someone’s going to
lean. You don’t want to offend anyone. All right, well let’s fix that. First of all, if you lost friends over the
2016 election, congratulations, because you just got rid of some toxic people in your
life. And I’m not just saying that if you’re a conservative. If you’re a liberal and you lost friends,
same goes for you. You lost some toxic people in your life. Truth is that people who really value your
friendship don’t have to agree with your politics to be your friend. But here’s the deal;
That doesn’t mean you should only have friends that think like you do. You will never grow as a conservative, a liberal,
a Christian, or a person if you live inside of an echo chamber. So, smash it, and smash it now. And whoever told you not to discuss religion
or politics gave you some bad advice, and here’s why. Your faith, your political beliefs, and the
way in which you see the world are important pieces of who you are. Don’t hide them. Don’t sugar-coat them. And please, for the love of God, do not change
them to fit in or be accepted. Never do that. See, being taught to avoid talking about politics
and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion. What we should be taught is how to have a
civil conversation about a difficult topic. And today, I’m going to give you the tools
to do just that. You can call it my final thoughts for Liberty
University. Now, I think you know this, but I’m a conservative
and I’m also a Trump supporter. So, I’m going to attack this lesson from that
viewpoint. So, here we go;
let’s have some fun. Let’s start with free speech, shall we? I like it. Who appreciates free speech in this room? And I should see every single hand, every
single hand. Folks, I want to tell you something though
that you may not have been told before. Free speech isn’t just saying what you want
to say. It’s also hearing what you want to hear. Now, I’m not going to name any names *cough*
liberals *cough.* They tend to forget the free speech tolerance
part when it comes to an idea they don’t want to hear. Well, lucky for you guys, you’re already on
the most strategic battlefield fighting for free speech. And that’s right. That’s college campuses. I have a feeling yours is a little different,
but you’re still on a college campus, and you have friends that probably go to other
universities that this is very important. See, some universities have adopted free speech
zones, you know, places where you’re allowed to say what you want to say and you have to
hear things you don’t want to hear. Well, here’s a constitution and a geography
lesson for these censorship warriors. The United States of America, yeah, that’s
our free speech zone. So, get used to it. We need to stop reinforcing the idea that
words hurt and the worst thing that could happen to you is your feelings are hurt. Wrong. I mean, how condescending is that? Older people are effectively telling you that
you are too fragile to hear the words that they don’t like. Let me tell you guys:
if you don’t stand up for your free speech and your free speech rights, you are effectively
sitting back and watching them dwindle away. And we can’t let that happen. And I’m counting on all of you, because we’re
the future. And the free speech, and the right to free
speech, so many have died for, so, it’s up to us to defend it. And we know that I do that every day, but
I need your help. And that doesn’t mean that you have to be
a conservative to defend it either. We just tend to do it a little better. All right, here’s another thing we can’t have
happen any longer, and that’s open borders. I don’t know about you guys, but that’s a
big one for me. So, I don’t know if you guys have been watching
the news lately. I hope it’s Fox, but if you prefer CNN, that’s
all good with me. But just last week, an illegal immigrant who
was on his sixth deportation was found not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle. So, why was he here in the first place? That would be poor border enforcement. And why was he allowed to stay? Well, you could ask those in charge of the
sanctuary city of San Francisco. The notion that illegal immigrant should be
protected while Americans are left to die is so utterly ridiculous it boggles my mind. So many liberals defend it. It’s all about compassion, they say. It’s all about tolerance, they say. It’s all about the America dream, they say. Well, here’s what you say to them:
What about the legal immigrants who do it the right way? They legal immigrants who spend thousands
of dollars and years waiting in line, because they respect our country enough to follow
our laws. What do the Democrats say to those immigrants? Illegal immigration, DACA, and sanctuary cities
are a giant kick in the face to Americans and legal immigrants. And that’s why I say loudly and proudly-
and I know the one in the Trump shirt is going to say it with me-
build that wall! And I don’t know about you guys, but I guess
I just believe in this radical notion that Americans should come first in our own country. It’s so controversial. But those are just, you know, my final thoughts
on open borders. We’ll come back to that later. But here’s another radical position. Our law enforcement officers and our armed
service members deserve a little more respect in this country. Now, the fact that it needs to be said and
the fact that it’s controversial to say it is so unbelievably sad, but here we are. But I want you again to participate with me
and raise your hand if you have a family member in law enforcement, corrections, anything. That’s quite a few of you. Thank you for sharing your loved one with
us so our communities can be a little bit safer and a little bit more secure. Now, I know this is, again, another controversial
position, but I’ve never shied away from those as many of you well know. For those out there that still believe our
police officers risk their lives every day and put a target on their backs for an average
of 50,000 dollars a year just to satisfy some pent-up racism, I’ve got news for you;
You’re wrong. Show some respect. And that goes for our brave men and women
in the armed forces as well. Raise your hand if you’ve got a family member
serving in the armed forces, or a friend. They’re fighting the evil that some pretend
doesn’t exist, and they’re doing it so we can sit in this very room. Like I said, they fight the evil, some, mostly
on the left, pretend doesn’t exist. And they do it, so we can sit over here in
the greatest nation on the face of the earth and watch spoiled athletes take a knee for
our national anthem. And what a load of crap that is. I don’t know about you guys, but the people
that I tend to surround myself with, we stand for the Stars and Stripes to honor those that
come home under that flag. We stand for the national anthem to honor
those warriors who can no longer stand beside us. We stand. Now, the likes of Colin Kaepernick, they have
the right to kneel. Don’t get me wrong;
they absolutely do. That’s a free speech that he’s exercising. It’s the free speech that I’m exercising,
but that also means that I have every right to shred him for it. Now, the liberals, they tend to forget that
part. It’s amazing to me;
it really is. Every time I go-just a side note. Every time I go on a show, particularly one’s
that rhyme with the “Shmanly Shmow,” they, the likes of Trevor Noah, they tell me you
don’t want Colin Kaepernick to be able to exercise his right. And I don’t know how many times I have to
say it. You have every right to kneel. You have every right to do whatever you want. That doesn’t mean it’s right, but it also
doesn’t mean that no one criticizes you for it. Lord knows I am criticized each and every
single day for the positions that I take, so I want you guys to remember that as well-
that if you open yourselves up and you exercise your free speech, that doesn’t mean you exist
in some kind of a safe space or a bubble wrap that no one can confront you about it, no
one can criticize, no one can comment. Just because you have the right to free speech
doesn’t mean that those around you can’t question it or challenge it. And you should welcome that. You should welcome that those around you are
interested enough in what you have to say to challenge you. Take it as a compliment. It’s not always picking a fight. It’s a conversation. We need to learn to have more of those in
this country. And if you’re taught not to talk about religion
or not talk about politics, you’re taught not to criticize those in popular culture. You’re taught that the worst thing you could
possibly do in the United States of America is criticize Beyoncé Knowles. I’m sorry;
there’s a problem. That’s not the worst thing you can do in this
country, and you have every right to do it. And you should do it more. And like I said at the top, if you lose friends
because of it, they’re not your friends. Because you should be able to stand in your
truth, and you should be able to speak your mind. And the ones that truly respect you will respect
you for standing your ground and speaking your mind. They don’t have to agree with you. Now that’s a very important point that I want
you all to understand. You might have friends that disagree with
you, and they can still respect you. And that goes for your family members as well. We don’t need to always seek agreement. How boring would this country be if we just
agreed with each other all the time, if everyone just walked in locked step. There are countries that do that, and I don’t
want to be any part of them, and I know you don’t either. So, having the opportunity in a country like
this, so many have fought and died for, to be able to speak your mind, stand up for what
you believe in, but also surround yourself with those with whom you disagree, that’s
what makes this country so great. So, don’t shy away from it. Welcome it;
embrace it. We need to do that more in this country, and
it’s going to start with young people. It’s not just going to start on TV. It’s not going to start in Washington DC. It’s going to start in rooms like this when
we look at each other and say, we might have some differences, but we all want what’s best
for this country. We just have different ways of getting there. And I hope that you all will practice that,
especially now that we’re out of election season and we’re working on this country. You know, conservatives can’t do it alone. Donald Trump can’t do it alone. We really do need to band together, and I’m
hoping today you can take away the opportunity to start those difficult conversations and
follow them through. But speaking of rights, let’s talk about one
that I particularly like, and that’s the second. I don’t know if any of you here are fans of
the Second Amendment. I know you guys are also fans of the constitution
as well. I mean, I see it all over your beautiful campus. It’s a campus that appreciates God, appreciates
the constitution, appreciates the Second Amendment, and, yes, those three things do go together. But the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Shall not be infringed. Shall not be infringed means shall not be
infringed. Doesn’t mean shall be infringed if Jimmy Kimmel
and the rest of the Hollywood liberals think that we don’t deserve the right to protect
and defend ourselves. If these liberals think a terrorist or a lunatic
hell-bent on murdering innocent will somehow be stopped by a plastic gun-free sign or more
gun control laws, they’re either stupid or living in Lala land. And I live in LA, so I can tell you, they
do. We have the right to bear arms, because we
have the right to protect and defend ourselves. And if that makes us a little bit redneck,
then so be it. I’m proud to be a redneck, and I like my guns,
and I like my God, and I know you do too. Because here’s the thing;
us rednecks, we would gladly draw our firearms to save the very liberals who look down on
us and our gun rights. And they can believe that. We’d be the first ones in any room do defend
those. And it doesn’t matter what color you are. It doesn’t matter what you believe in. It doesn’t matter who you voted for. Even if you voted for Hillary, we would still
stand up, and we would still defend you with our Second, but they seem to forget that. We’ll remind them. Now, for me, the Second Amendment is all about
empowerment. There is a group of people who claim to be
all about empowerment, but their selected brand of empowerment doesn’t seem to include
the Second Amendment. Now, they prefer to march around in the streets
with pink female reproductive organs on their heads. Yes, I’m talking about the feminists. Now, I don’t know what happened. I know there are many women in this room today,
and I’m so proud to be surrounded by you. Raise your hand if I have a female… Or should I say-let’s be politically correct-if
you identify as a female, please raise your hand. I know you’re out there. Now, some of you might be feminists, and that’s
fine; that’s great. I respect that you’re a feminist or that you
choose to identify as a feminist- or if you’re a male that identifies as a feminist
or mashed potatoes, or whatever people are identifying as these days… I mean, whatever advances your life. You know, you can be Elizabeth Warren, identify
as a Native American. Whatever, you know, whatever you want to be,
you can be it in this country, which is great. But I never, I guess I never had that conversation
with my mom when I sat down and said, “Mom, I really want the world to take me seriously. I want the world to hear my voice.” And it’s funny, my mom never told me, “Well
hey, if you march around with a pink hat, people will really take you seriously.” You know, that really wasn’t part of our conversation. But then again, maybe times have changed. But I want to talk about feminism, because
I think it’s important to have this discussion, and I know that there are conservatives in
this room. There are liberals in this room. There are feminists in this room. There are anti-feminists in this room. We have a little bit of everything, I am sure. But see, I think it’s sad. Feminism used to be all about equal rights. But the liberals, like everything else, they
high jacked it, and now these modern-day feminists have turned female empowerment into nothing
more than man-hating, Trump-hating, and demanding free stuff. And I’m sorry, but equal rights and demanding
free stuff, to me, not one in the same. But the double standard is pretty pathetic. I want you guys to think about this, because
we all live in this age of pop culture. And I’m sure that even though a lot of it
tends to be certainly left-leaning, we still appreciate pop culture. We probably still watch the Kardashians, or
the Real Housewives of wherever. Yeah, there are a couple in here. I think that was the guy in the Trump shirt. No, I’m just kidding. But can you guys imagine if Kellyanne Conway,
Hope Hicks, Sarah Sanders, Ivanka or Melania Trump were Democrats? Just think about that for a minute? Imagine if they campaigned for Hillary. They’d be on the cover of every women’s magazine
from here to Timbuktu. And isn’t that something? This whole feminism charade is a farce. It’s not about female empowerment. It’s about patting liberal women on the back
while simultaneously mocking conservative women for everything from our looks to our
intelligence. I’m sorry. You can count me out on that one. And can I just say;
I am so darn glad our first female president was not lying, cheating, crooked Hillary Clinton? Can I get an amen? All, I mean these people, on all the networks
crying because it was somehow, it was so hurtful to women that Hillary didn’t win. And I stand here as a woman and say I hope
that the next female president-maybe she’s in this room right now. Maybe she’s in this audience right now, and
I hope she’d be someone with integrity. I hope she’d be someone that didn’t delete
33,000 emails after a subpoena. But hey, here’s to hoping, right? Maybe hope for a Christmas miracle. We can find someone, you know, who’s perhaps
just slightly a bit better than Hillary Clinton. But I’ve got a very important question for
you guys. And no matter which way you lean politically,
I have a feeling I know how you’re going to answer this one. But raise your hand if you trust government. There’s got to be one, one that wants to do
it just for a laugh. Okay, there are a couple folks there that
trust government. And I think you’re wearing a Donald Trump
hat, so you trust Donald Trump. There’s a difference. But none of you are raising your hands when
I ask you if you trust government. So, if you don’t trust government, why the
hell would you vote to make it bigger? Why? I don’t… That part I just don’t get. It’s like I don’t trust government. And there are some folks on the left that
say I don’t trust government, and I don’t trust police, but I want them to take our
guns, and I want to give them more power. I don’t understand it. That’s why I sit here as a limited government
conservative. But every time you’re in a spirited discussion
with your favorite Bernie Sanders supporter, I want you to ask them that question, because
it will get them every single time. And they won’t even know that they’re walking
into it. Just ask them, do you trust government? Because these people are so funny to me, these
Bernie Sanders supporters. Besides the fact that sometimes they don’t
bathe. Beyond that, beyond that they tell me like,
the man… Bring down the man. Bring down the one percent. Bring down the billionaires. That’s what they want, and then they say,
but we just want to make government a little bit bigger-
as if those in government are not profiting off of government. it’s amazing to me they don’t understand it. And then they’re sitting there ordering their
Communist Manifesto on Amazon Prime, which is, you know, an invention of free market
capitalism. They just don’t understand it. They go to their Occupy marches, and they
order an Uber to leave. And they just don’t understand that that is
all because of capitalism and the free marketplace. But I want you to remind them of that, because
maybe we can convert some Bernie supporters. I think he might run again, and I don’t think
Hillary is going to steal it from him this time, so we just might end up with Bernie
as a president if we do not pay attention and start educating our Bernie Sanders supporting
friends. But they’re well-intentioned. They’re good people. They really do want what’s best for this country,
they just have a math problem. I always call him “Bernie Sanders carry the
one,” because his math just never quite worked out. But poor Bernie, it’s okay. Limited government is an idea most Americans
can get behind. But the problem is, we’ve got these socialism
apologists out there spreading this false utopian dream of free things for all. But let me tell you;
there’s not such thing as free. It’s not free if your neighbor pays for it. It’s just like free college. We all need…
everything should be free. That’s how they get you, because socialism
starts out with the promise of free things, and it turns into a black market for toilet
paper. And if you think I’m kidding, take a look
at Venezuela. I’m not kidding you;
there is a black market for toilet paper in Venezuela. That’s Bernie’s socialist dream over there,
and I’ve got to tell you, no thank you. I like where we’re sitting in the United States
of America in Lynchburg, Virginia. I think that that view is much better. And this view is much better. Now, I told you at the start I was going to
teach you about how to talk about religion and politics. And we’ve covered politics. I do that every day. But in closing, I want to talk about God. I know in some circles that’s a no-no. Well, I have a feeling not here. It’s by God’s grace we’re all here in this
room, in this state, in this country, living in the greatest nation on the face of the
earth. And that’s a nation under God, indivisible
with liberty and justice for all. You need to defend it. You need to talk about your faith and your
love for God, because there are a group of people out there, that they don’t want you
to talk about it in school. They don’t want you to talk about it with
your friends. They don’t want to talk about it on TV. They don’t want to talk about it in technology. They don’t want to talk about it on the news. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched
other networks, and they’ve told us it’s cliché to offer our thoughts and prayers after a
tragedy. And that’s rather sad to me. I think offering our thoughts and, most importantly,
our prayers is one of the most important things that will get us through the difficult times. And we can look to examples across this country
where people just like you, Christians just like you, have come together after a major
tragedy, and their faith has only grown from it. And they’ve come together-liberals, conservatives,
black, white, yellow, purple. It doesn’t matter. Our faith in God is what binds us. And I have a feeling this university is unique
in that, unlike many universities. That you might not all be conservative, but
I have a feeling you guys all have a love for God. So, I appreciate it, and you need to defend
it, because there are some that won’t. And there are some that will attack it. See, you need to be the ones out there on
the front lines of this whole thing. Listen folks, I’m incredibly blessed to be
here at 25 and speaking to you. And the fact that you came out to see me means
so much to me. And, I have to tell you;
I know where my blessings come from. My blessings don’t come from government. They come from God, and I have a feeling you
all know what that feels like. And here’s another thing. I know that many of you have great parents,
and I’m blessed to have two very great parents that raised me in a family where we believed
in God, and we talked about God, and we worshipped God. And we appreciate the blessings that God gave
us, and they know where they come from. And I’m incredibly blessed, because my dad
was able to join me today. And he’s down there, right there. I’ve got to tell you. And I know I’m running out of time, but I
have to tell you this, because it’s so important. I went through a rather difficult time, probably
about five months ago. And it seemed like the world was closing in,
and I didn’t know, like, why me? Why is this happening? And it seemed like everything was taken away
from me. And it just…. I was going through a mess, and a battle. And I talked to my parents, because I’m so
blessed to have them. I’m so privileged to grow up in the family
that I did. But they always reminded me, and I always
had to keep my faith and say God is not going to put me through anything that I can’t handle. And He’s making me stronger. And He thinks I’m pretty strong, because He’s
putting me through this. And every single time I’ve wished for something,
every single time I’ve prayed for something and it doesn’t happen, it’s because God had
a better plan. So, if you make plans in your life, God’s
going to laugh at you, because He’s got a better plan. Trust it. That’s why you’re in this room. That’s why we’re all here. That’s why we’re in this country. And I personally believe that’s why we have
Donald Trump as our president, because he’s going to bring it roaring back. But those are just my final thoughts, Liberty
University. Thank you so much for having me. God bless and take care.

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