Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren is, yet again, catching social media backlash after telling former first lady Michelle Obama to “sit down.”
During a speech encouraging Las Vegas residents to participate in the midterm elections, Obama encouraged the crowd to always let their voices be heard through their votes.
“If we want qualified people that we trust, then you have to vote. You can’t vote some of the time and then sit out, you know?
“We saw that happen, and we experienced that. And we had a great president. But every couple of years, folks sat out. They said, ‘Well, I did my part. I voted once. I’m done. I’m out.’ But I’m just telling you that democracy doesn’t work that way.”
Lahren took issue with Obama, in reference to her husband, Barack Obama, saying America “had” a great president.
“Michelle Obama said we “had” a great president. By what measure?,” tweeted 26-year-old Lahren. “Not in economic growth. Not in border enforcement. Not in strength on the world stage. Sit down, Michelle.”
Michelle Obama said we “had” a great president. By what measure? Not in economic growth. Not in border enforcement. Not in strength on the world stage. Sit down, Michelle.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) September 24, 2018
Lahren was immediately called out for her disrespectful tone. Take a look at a few responses below.
A couple of things. “Sit down” is a distinctly black thing to say (your little trolls can go google its origins) so you’re appropriating black culture to insult a black woman. Secondly, you would hope to be a 100th of the woman Michelle Obama is in 100 years. Sit YOUR ass down. pic.twitter.com/4pDeg8tXTw
— Such (@Such) September 24, 2018
Your lack of respect for a former First Lady, who out-ranks you in character, intelligence, poise, and class shows just how ignorant and trashy you are. No Tomi, YOU sit down! #MichelleObama #TrailerTrashTomi
— Mikki Roberts (@MicheleRoberts9) September 25, 2018
“Sit down, Michelle” @TomiLahren says….
Oh really you dime store Barbie?
Mrs. Obama may go high, but I certainly won’t. Go fuck yourself, Tomi. You evil, horrible shell of a human being. https://t.co/itEn9Q0Paq
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 24, 2018
To anybody who tells #MichelleObama to sit down (like that Tomi chick at Fox News) good luck with that. That won’t be happening. You could pray or wish on a star it still wouldn’t happen 😁 No one can tell that strong black woman what to do. Get a life!
— TEAM JHUD ALL THE WAY😊 (@SandrasBabySis) September 24, 2018
@maddow In case Tomi Lahren does not know this, Michelle Obama has a Constitutional First Amendment right to say anything she wants at any time she wants. So, no, Tomi, Michelle does not have to sit down.
— Mary Worringer (@Tootshilda) September 25, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.