Tomi Lahren thinks Black Lives Matter “is heading in the direction of a hate group like the KKK,” she said in an interview with Playboy.
Lahren made the remark during an interview with Playboy — her first public interview since officially severing all ties with former employer The Blaze.
“I think Black Lives Matter started off as a well-intentioned organization looking to bring social justice for what they saw as young black teens being unfairly treated by police. Whether that’s true or not, that’s the issue they were trying to draw attention to. So any time you want to draw attention to something or start a conversation, I think that’s positive,” Lahren explained.
Black Lives Matter “started to become ugly,” Lahren said, “when they turned it into, ‘Fuck the police’ and ‘Fry em’ like bacon’ and the stepfather of Michael Brown said ‘Burn this bitch down,’ calling for more violence.”
“They need to get their organization in order, because if they don’t, and more incidents like this happen where five police officers lose their lives, Black Lives Matter is heading in the direction of a hate group like the KKK,” she continued.
“I’m not saying you can compare the short history of BLM to the long and disgusting history of the KKK, but if you don’t want BLM to be synonymous with a domestic terrorist group, get yourselves back on track. Don’t riot and burn your communities. When you call for violence against police or white people, you are becoming a domestic terrorist group like the KKK. I honestly don’t think that’s controversial,” she added.
Lahren’s remarks were prompted by a question about a controversial tweet she sent out after the Dallas police shooting last year. “Meet the new KKK, they call themselves ‘Black Lives Matter,’ but make no mistake their goals are far from equality,” she wrote in the since-deleted tweet.
Sources with direct knowledge of Lahren’s tenure at The Blaze previously told The Daily Caller that her comparison of Black Live Matter to the KKK rubbed a lot of people at The Blaze the wrong way. Lahren’s remark especially irritated another popular BlazeTV host Lawrence Jones, and the two hosts were later seen in a heated argument about the tweet. (RELATED: The Exclusive Inside Story Of How Tomi Lahren Flamed Out At The Blaze)
“I think it was a mistake to put it on Twitter, which is why I deleted it. Because it didn’t come with an explanation. I couldn’t explain the true feelings behind it, which is why I deleted it,” she told Playboy.
Lahren became famous for her fiery rants on her show at The Blaze, often going viral by addressing controversial topics like Black Lives Matter.