Recently, Trevor Noah claimed on “The Daily Show” that he had a bit of a crush on conservative pundit Tomi Lahren after video of her angry rant against Colin Kaepernick went viral.
“We’re from two different worlds. It just wouldn’t work. I’m from Africa, you’re from heaven. But hey, we’ll always have Facebook,” he said in the segment.
In response, Lahren invited him to “Make America Great Again” on her show.
Now, the two have met on “The Daily Show,” and the resulting interview was an epic example of two people who disagree sitting down to try and understand each other. “Why are you so angry?” Noah asked right out of the gate, and when Lahren tried to say that she was “not that angry,” Noah said, “It’s like Ellen saying, I don’t like dancing. You are angry about everything, it seems.”
“Sometimes people just need to be called on their s***,” she said before taking aim at people protesting the election of Donald Trump. “When you are protesting a fair and free election, that, to me, you’re going to get called on your shenanigan a little bit. It’s a time to clear the streets, accept reality. Time to move on, time to make America great again.”
Noah then pointed to her criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and noted, “For somebody who is not racist, you have to spend a lot of time saying, ‘I’m not racist.’”
Lahren responded by saying the Black Lives Matter “started with good intentions” but then started “pushing the false narrative” of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “rioting and looting and burning and militant actions,” so she “lost respect” for them.
Noah responded by accusing her of overgeneralizing the movement, and Lahren shot back by pointing to the killing of police officers in Dallas.
“You are the same person who argued on your show that just because Donald Trump has supporters from the KKK doesn’t mean is he in the KKK,” he said. “What if somebody said I felt emboldened by Tomi Lahren so I went out and shot black people? Are you now responsible?”
Noah then tried to bridge the divide by asking what she wanted people to understand about her.
“I wish that we could disagree with each other without thinking that we are bad people or ill-intentioned folks,” she said. “So because I criticize a black person or I criticize the Black Lives Matter movement, that doesn’t mean I’m anti-black. It does not mean that I don’t like black people or that I am a racist, it means I’m criticizing a movement.”
Lahren also said in the interview that she doesn’t “see color,” which prompted this response from Noah: “I don’t believe in that at all when people say that. There is nothing wrong with seeing color. It is how you treat color that is more important.”
The conversation then turned to Lahren’s criticism of Kaepernick as Noah said, “A guy kneeling in the corner, I don’t understand why that offends you so much.”
“Because I’m white, I should shut up?” Lahren shot back. “I shouldn’t be able to talk about black issues because I’m white?”
“No one brought up whites at all, I never said that,” Noah said, before joking, “I don’t see color.”