Ultra-Conservative Tomi Lahren's Rise to Media Stardom

Lahren, a 24 years old, proudly pro-Trump commentator, is an internet sensation with her own show on "The Blaze."
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Just two years ago she was hosting a TV show on her college campus. Now Tomi Lahren is the super viral, super controversial 24-year-old pro-trump rising star of conservative media. She has feverish fans and some serious detractors, some of whom call her white power Barbie. How does she feel about that one? Here's ABC's David Wright. ??? Reporter: She starts the day with a run. Seven or eight miles. If you happen to pass her on the streets of Dallas, you'd have little idea -- Three, two -- Before you get your panties in a wad over trump's secretary of state nominee Rex tillerson, take a moment to remember who president Obama chose in 2008. But what difference does it make, right? Reporter: Tomi Lahren is not your typical young college graduate. Nope, at age 24, she is an internet sensation. A conservative firebrand with a national platform. You've been called white power Barbie. Creative. I give them that, though. It is creative. At least white power Barbie took some thought. What are some of the other ones you've been amused by? Gq called me queen of the alt-right which I thought was rather interesting. I've never claimed to be part of the alt-right. Racist cracker. She hosts her own show on Glenn beck's "The blaze." It's her final thoughts from that show that have made a splash. I'm getting sick and tired of the failing mainstream media and democratic party blaming fake news for the election of Donald Trump. Reporter: Posted daily to Facebook. Taking aim at pop stars and politicians. Sounding off on issues of race and gender. Wouldn't it be nice if Obama was as concerned with our soldiers, airmen, operators and Marines overseas as he seems to be with where transgenders take a Why are. Reporter: They have become a viral phenomenon. Colin Kaepernick, I've got final thoughts for you. Reporter: More people have watched her takedown of Colin Kaepernick than tune into all of the cable news channels in an entire month. 66 million and counting. Colin, I support the first amendment. I support your right to freedom of speech and expression. Go for it, bud. It's this country, the country that you have so much disdain for that allows you the right to speak your mind. It protects your white to be a whiny, indulgent, attention-seeking crybaby. It also protects my right to shred you for it. You speak about social justice like it's a bad thing. Do you think it is? I don't think it's a bad thing if it is social justice. Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem, to me that's not a social justice moment. He's kneeling because he's protesting the way that institutions are responding to people of color. That seems like he's using his platform for good. Isn't he? Just in the same way that you are. Reporter: She's proudly politically incorrect. Proudly pro-trump too. When Trevor Noah invited her on to "The Daily Show" two weeks ago -- I'm in the lion's den. I'm not a lion. Is that an African thing? Reporter: The tension was palpable. Why are you so angry? I'm not that angry, it's just things need to be said and a lot of people are afraid to say them. In an angry way. You can't say you're not angry. This is what you're known for. I have to be honest, watching that, I didn't think he was very gentlemanly. Yeah, I think so, he was kind of rude, kind of a jerk. True diversity is diversity of thought, not diversity of color. I don't see color. Hillary Clinton is as white as they come. Reporter: Noah took her to task for a tweet she sent the night a sniper ambushed Dallas police during a protest March, a peaceful protest of police shootings of unarmed black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Hands up, don't shoot! Reporter: Tomi Lahren tweeted, meet the new kkk, they call themselves black lives matter but make no mistake their goals are far from equality. Later she deleted the tweet. But these kind of things don't go away. To say black lives matter is the new kkk is to really, really minimize what the kkk did and what they stand for. That is not the same thing. Surely you understand the incendiary feeling of your comments. You know that, surely. It's controversial. But I think there are some things that need to be said. That's my trump purse, ivanka sent me that. Reporter: She held her own. I got a Cadillac because I'm American like that. Reporter: As she does in most things. I've had a lot of great opportunities that I have seized. I don't for one second think I didn't work my butt off to get where I am. Watching your early work, which is what, three, two years ago? Reporter: Her first TV gig -- I'm Tomi Lahren -- Reporter: At university of Nevada Las Vegas, hosting "The scramble" from January 2014. It's hard to watch. You don't seem to have the same confidence that you do now, you've gained a lot of confidence in a short time. You know why that is? When I was on that show I couldn't be myself. I had to be the moderator. I had to be in my shell. I couldn't be controversial. You know what I discovered? I've got a voice. I'm going to use it. Reporter: Use it she has. ??? she took on Beyonce over that super bowl halftime show, the one that was seen as celebrating radical black separatists from the 1960s. Beyonce, really? Reporter: The dancers dressed up like sexy black panthers. The formation a tribute to Malcolm X. Guess what, Beyonce, white people like your music too. White people buy your songs on iTunes, medical rise your lyrics, admire your talent and beauty. Reporter: She not only took on queen bey, she made it personal. Your husband was a drug dealer. For 14 years he sold crack cocaine. Talk about protecting black neighborhoods. Start at home. I was disappointed to see on a day when the country could be coming together to celebrate the super bowl, she took that moment to salute the black panthers that do have a checkered history. I felt that was inappropriate. Jay-Z took your words and used them against you again. How did you feel about that? I wouldn't say he necessarily used them against me. Reporter: What he did do was sample her words and feature them in his song "Drug dealers anonymous." Your husband was a drug dealer. For 14 years he sold crack cocaine. How did you feel about that? I'm proud to be in that song. Whether it was supposed to be making fun of me or not, hey, my voice is in a Jay-Z song, I'll take it. I don't want to be patronizing. But let's come back to your age just for a minute. When you were old enough to vote, Obama was already president. Yeah, Romney was my first election, 2012. Have you traveled? Never been outside of the United States. It's not that I don't want to. It's that I've been busting my butt to get where I am in life. Fair enough. Reporter: She says she has to do most of the heavy lifting herself. I didn't grow up in a traditional legacy media situation where you have producers and writers and a full staff. Reporter: She insists she's not a journalist, but a commentator, and she showed us how she looks at multiple sources before forming her opinions. Twitter is an excellent resource for me because I see what people are talking about, I see what people are tweeting about, and then I go and look at three or four different articles from various sources before I form my opinions. That's how my millennial brain works. That's about as lazy as you can be. She's in a position of authority now. If you want to play in this game, do your homework. You can't just regurgitate things you've read on your Twitter feed. Do you see her as a racist? I don't see her as necessarily being a racist. I see her as someone who chooses to ignore things with racial implications. Reporter: The end the day, we caught up with her at her favorite Dallas watering hole the rustic. Do you stand by everything you've said? There are times when I wish I could expand upon something that was taken out of context or that maybe people -- Black lives matter equals the kkk? Seems extreme to me. It does, but when I said it -- first of all, I tweeted that out in the heat of a moment that was -- really angered me and pulled at my heartstrings because it happened here in Dallas. So that was one thing. I may have done it out of anger and that's yes deleted it, people are taking this the wrong way. Reporter: Her biggest test will come after president takes office. Will she an mouthpiece or hold his feet to the fire? You're a political commentator. Do you plan to be on tough as trump as you or the snowflakes? Hold me to that. Hold me to that. You? Please hold me to that. There are so many Americans depending on him. Reporter: Just is there are millions upon millions watching her in a very real way. The mainstream media includes her. I'm David Wright for "Nightline" in Dallas.

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