A conservative anchor's blistering monologue aimed at President Barack Obama went viral over the weekend, amassing more than 1.3 million views since it was posted online Friday night.
One America News host Tomi Lahren, 22, zeroed in on Obama in the wake of last week's attacks on military personnel in Chattanooga, blasting the president for what she called a "half-baked" policy at fighting the Islamic State terror group.
"This won't take long, but it's important," she said at the outset of her monologue. "Four United States Marines are now dead. Climate change didn't kill them. Lack of free community college did not kill them. The income gap, wage inequality — nope, not those things either. Gay marriage? Nope. Oh, white racism? Not that either. So what did? President Obama, if you won't say it, I will: radical Islam."
On Saturday, a sailor also injured in the deadly Chattanooga shootings died, raising the death toll to five. Federal authorities are investigating the attacks as a matter of domestic terrorism.
"This is not workplace violence. This is not a criminal act with motives unknown. This is terrorism. The suspected shooter, Muhammad Abdulazeez, a devout Muslim," Lahren said. "Do I care that he seemed like an all-American young man? Do I care that he was good at mixed martial arts or a smart quiet guy? Do I care that his high school friends wouldn't classify him as 'overly religious'? No, I don't give a flying you-know-what about any of that."
[sharequote align="center"]"This is not workplace violence. This is not a criminal act with motives unknown. This is terrorism."[/sharequote]
Lahren said that she believes radical Islam is "becoming the rule, not the exception" and that "yesterday's moderate, is today's terrorist."
"I care that this SOB killed four of our United States Marines and I care that our Commander in Chief is more concerned with Muslim sensitivity than the honor and sacrifice made by these Marines," the 22-year-old conservative personality said. "I can't sit here and let this go."
Lahren, who comes from a family of Marines and is currently dating a deployed Navy SEAL, contended that those serving in the arms forces may be safer overseas than at home.
"'I've had it with this failed strategy - this half-way, half-baked, tip-toe, be-friendly-to-Jihadis mentality pushed by this administration. Be a leader!" she said. "They, the radical Islamists have brought the fight right here to the red, white and blue, and it's about time we bring it to them. Full force! Let's show them what the United States of America looks like up close and personal. Show them what a B1 Bomber looks like flying overhead. Show them what they're messing with. Put the fear of God in their desert because clearly our lack of strategy isn't working."
Since Lahren's passionate monologue was published to YouTube, she has been skyrocketed into Internet stardom. In an interview with TheBlaze Monday night, the conservative host said that her Twitter following has more than quadrupled and that many are offering her praise.
"My words resonated with the people because it's the feeling and message of everyday Americans out there. It's a simple, straightforward message that hits home," she said, telling TheBlaze that she wrote the entire monologue without assistance.
In a follow-up segment that aired Monday night, Lahren said she "never expected" her thoughts on Chattanooga to "blow up the way they did."
"I didn't write those final thoughts to get attention," she said. "I didn't write them to shock people or get new Twitter or Instagram followers. I didn't write them to get calls from Fox News. No, none of that. I wrote it because I watched this Chattanooga thing unfold and I got mad as hell."
Lahren has been hosting "On Point With Tomi Lahren" for about a year now. It aired first as a weekend program, but has since morphed to a show that airs each weeknight.
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