Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren was the victim of an assault at a Minneapolis restaurant on Sunday when she was having brunch with her mother Trudy. However, the response that came after the assault was completely unexpected.
The video showed Lahren and her mother leaving the UNION Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis when she passed by the table of a group of patrons who did not like her politics. A woman at the table flung a cup of water in Lahren’s face before other customers at the restaurant started yelling hateful rhetoric at her.
“F*** that b***h! F*** that h**! Racist-a** b***h!” one man yelled at Lahren. “Why you even out here?” he asked.
Devan Madison was a witness to the incident and said that his friend was Lahren’s server. “My friend told me she [Tomi] was extremely rude and had a big attitude.”
The bouncer, Jeremy Jackson, explained what happened when he went to handle the incident. He said that the Fox News personality noticed that a group at the next table was “scowling at her,” and as she walked past their table as she was leaving, she said, “Just another day in the life.”
According to Jackson, that is what sent the woman over the edge and into attack mode.
“I said [to Tomi] ‘I’d like to separate you all if can please,’” Jackson said he told Lahren, to which she responded, “You’re just going to kick me out for them throwing water? Unbelievable.”
Lahren appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to address the incident.
“This was something that was embarrassing for me and embarrassing for my family. At the end of the day, I’m a person too. And I do get humiliated and embarrassed just like anyone else,” she said. “But I’m tough, my family’s tough. We can handle it.”
“Unfortunately there was a group of people probably around my age that thought it would be funny to throw water at me and then start chanting profanity and, again, not something that I’m not used to but really disheartening,” she said.
Lahren said that she gets that there are disagreements on politics but that attacking someone is not the way to handle it. “It’s really disheartening. But again, I’m tough, I can handle it,” she said.
She acknowledged that there were some who are normally opponents of hers that have come to her defense, among them comedian Kathy Griffin.
“There are people that normally detest me, and they’re coming to my defense, at least on this incident,” she said. “So maybe moving forward, those that thought it was funny to throw water at me or antagonize others with my viewpoints, maybe they’ll see that’s not the cool thing to do.”
“I couldn’t disagree more with @TomiLahren, but I don’t think it’s cool to resort to physical actions to make your point,” Griffin said. “The first amendment is a beautiful thing – use it.”
I couldn’t disagree more with @TomiLahren, but I don’t think it’s cool to resort to physical actions to make your point.
The first amendment is a beautiful thing – use it. https://t.co/Yx8obh0aH0
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 23, 2018
Andy Lassner, the executive director of “The Ellen Show,” was another. “Been thinking about it. I know many will disagree, but here’s how I feel. I detest @TomiLahren. I think she’s terrible. I think she’s racist. I think her shtick is dumb. However, I don’t think throwing a drink in her face is something to be celebrated. It crosses the line,” he said.
Been thinking about it.
I know many will disagree, but here’s how I feel.
I detest @TomiLahren.
I think she’s terrible.
I think she’s racist.
I think her shtick is dumb.
However, I don’t think throwing a drink in her face is something to be celebrated.
It crosses the line.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) May 23, 2018
One supporter who was not a surprise was President Donald Trump who watched Lahren on “Fox & Friends.” “Everybody is with Tomi Lahren, a truly outstanding and respected young woman!” he said.
Everybody is with Tomi Lahren, a truly outstanding and respected young woman! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018
No matter who you disagree with on politics, be it Lahren or Griffin, it is never appropriate to physically attack that person. As Griffin noted, that is why we have a First Amendment. Use it.