Tomi Lahren has called out “elitists in big cities” after a New York Times columnist admitted to unfairly smearing supporters of President Donald Trump.
The reporter, Bret Stephens, came clean this week and said he wrongly judged Trump supporters and failed to understand why they voted for the 45th president.
Lahren fired back, arguing that “elitists” constantly “look down their nose” at conservatives.
“What really bothers me as someone that comes from a small state in South Dakota,” she said.
“We are often overlooked.
“We are those Trump supporters.
“We are those blue-collar ranchers, farmers out there who don’t get a lot of attention except when there’s a snowstorm or there are fireworks on 4th of July at Mt. Rushmore, we don’t get a lot of attention.
“So when people on the coast, when elitists in big cities look down their nose at us and call us rednecks and just Trump supporters, and Hillary Clinton calls us deplorables and they call us racist without ever taking the time to talk to us.
“That really fired a lot of people up,” Lahren said.
“And we feel that way now.
“And I’m so glad that Fox takes the time to go and talk to these people in the Midwest, in the heartland, we are not just the flyover states, we matter.
“We vote,” she asserted.
“Might be from small states, but when you put us all together, we make a difference.
“And guess what?
“Y’all are fleeing to our states. So remember that,” she said.
According to The New York Post:
In his essay, Bret Stephens said he wrongly judged Trump supporters, initially taking “broad swipes” at them without understanding why they voted for former President Donald Trump.
“What Trump’s supporters saw was a candidate whose entire being was a proudly raised middle finger at a self-satisfied elite that had produced a failing status quo,” he wrote.
“I was blind to this.”
Stephens added that Trump’s campaign “flourished” in a climate where his supporters felt “unprotected” and “betrayed” by the country.
“I could have thought a little harder about the fact that, in my dripping condescension toward his supporters, I was also confirming their suspicions about people like me — people who talked a good game about the virtues of empathy but practice it only selectively; people unscathed by the country’s problems yet unembarrassed to propound solutions,” Stephens concluded.