(Brent A. Jones) – It’s on!
Because of a legal dispute between Tomi Lahren and “The Blaze” video network, there was some doubt as to whether or not the conservative firebrand would be allowed to deliver the keynote address at the REAL Chamber of Commerce gala dinner on June 16th.
Well, I’m happy to say the dispute has been settled and Tomi absolutely will be speaking at the event!
Ironically, it was conservatives – not the liberals Lahren loved to skewer on her popular “Final Thoughts” videos for The Blaze – that did her in after she declared herself pro-choice in an interview on The View back in March.
“I am someone that’s for limited government,” Lahren said, “and so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Those comments sparked a backlash among some of the more socially conservative viewers of The Blaze and Lahren was initially suspended for a week. Later, however, it was decided that her show would be cancelled altogether, leading to Lahren’s unlawful termination lawsuit and counter-suit by The Blaze.
Tomi shot to conservative social media fame last December after a spirited interview on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show – in which the brash, outspoken 24-year-old gave as good as she got from liberal host Trevor Noah – went viral.
That performance led to the New York Times dubbing Lahren a “rising media star,” while the BBC News characterized her as “the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook.”
Indeed, Lahren’s Facebook page, with millions of followers, was a big part of the contract dispute since The Blaze had set up the page for her and controlled access to it. As part of the resolution, The Blaze is giving Lahren control of the Facebook page in return for Lahren removing all videos produced while she worked for the company.
“I am thrilled to walk away from this with my freedom and Facebook page,” Lahren told FOX News in an interview after the settlement was announced on Monday. “I am grateful to my fans for their continued support through this storm.”
“Everything happens for a reason,” she added. “I stood my ground and always will.”
And we suspect the reason will turn out to be an even bigger platform and louder mega-phone, perhaps even on FOX News itself!
As we learned in the REAL Chamber of Commerce’s in-depth interview with Tomi last January, she is a proud UNLV graduate – so her appearance at the gala will be a homecoming of sorts. You can read the full interview by clicking here.
And you can reserve seats for the June 16 reception and dinner at the Las Vegas Country Club by clicking here.