Who gave the best political rant of 2017: John Oliver or Tomi Lahren? | The Tylt
Who gave the best political rant of 2017: John Oliver or Tomi Lahren?
To many, 2017 has been the year of political opinions. Everyone—from athletes to actors to country singers—has had something to say about the current political climate. But it has also given politicos the chance to shine and unleash their greatest political rants to date.
Political personalities on both ends of the spectrum have seized the moment, becoming rock stars in their own right as politics take center stage. From seasoned commentators to rising stars, The Tylt wants to know who you think delivered the best political rant of 2017.
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Combining hard-hitting journalism with side-splitting satire, John Oliver has risen as one of 2017's political heavyweights. His show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver dominated at the Emmys—winning four out of the eight categories for which the show was nominated—and HBO announced it would renew the show for an additional three seasons through 2020.
Oliver got his big break when he joined The Daily Show in 2006 as Jon Stewart's main sidekick, co-writer and Senior British Correspondent. In 2014, HBO launched the first season of Last Week Tonight, and Oliver quickly surged to the forefront of political satire for his epic monologues covering everything from the death penalty to net neutrality to FIFA.
After a successful three seasons, fans waited in anticipation for Oliver's fourth season, where he would be covering politics in the age of Trump.
And Oliver did not disappoint. He opened his fourth season with a scathing takedown of President Trump's complicated relationship with the truth and "the concept of reality itself."
"Since taking office... Trump has made it clear that reality is not important to him. Think about it. He's exaggerated the size of his inauguration crowd. He said the election was marred by mass voter fraud with no real proof of that. He also falsely claims that compared to Muslims, it was almost impossible for Christian refugees from Syria to get into the U.S. He even lied about the weather during his inauguration [...] So that is where we're currently at. We have a president capable of standing in the rain and saying it was a sunny day."
Love her or hate her, Tomi Lahren made a huge splash in 2017. Lahren rose to prominence during the 2016 election after making viral videos, which gained her more than 4.5 million Facebook followers. Lahren graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014 where she earned a B.A. in broadcast journalism and political science. After serving as an intern for Congresswoman Kristi Noem's Rapid City office, Lahren was given the opportunity to host her own show called Tomi on TheBlaze.
While she was fired from TheBlaze earlier this year for making pro-choice comments, Lahren has since become a regular contributor on Fox News and a national political star. At only 25 years old, Lahren has proven she's not somebody to mess with.
Lahren has always been known for her no-nonsense approach to her political rants, and as a Fox News contributor, Lahren hasn't held back one bit. One of her best politirage moments came in the form of a take down of NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.
"And here's the thing about the First Amendment, free speech and freedom of expression--Democrats, kneelers and leftist mainstream media hacks listen up--free speech isn't just saying what you want to say, it's also hearing what you don't want to hear.
Your protest doesn't get a safe space. It doesn't get bubble wrap. You want to get political? Fine, put it out there, disrespect the country. But don't for one second think people like me are gonna let it go unquestioned. No. I'll be happy to remind you what that flag and anthem mean because maybe, just maybe, it's bigger than you and your temper tantrum."