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The Internet Won't Stand For Tomi Lahren Likening KKK To BLM

This isn't the first time Tomi Lahren has been caught up in controversy.
Posted at 8:40 PM, Jul 13, 2016

Tomi Lahren is no stranger to controversy. The news anchor regularly receives backlash for her strong statements on Glenn Beck's The Blaze.

"Beyoncé didn't reference the Black Panthers to bring about some sort of positive change. She did it to get attention. Good for you, you made headlines," Lahren said in response to Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime performance.

But now that controversy is presenting itself in the form of a petition to get her off the air for good.

On the night a shooter killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas, Lahren likened the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK on Twitter. That tweet has since been deleted but was captured by multiple media outlets and quickly went viral.

In response, tens of thousands of people have signed a Change.org petition to have her removed from her post on The Blaze.

The petition reads in part, "The purpose of this petition is to not only show the complete disgust that the public has with Tomi Lahren, but to also demand INTEGRITY from all of our news and media outlets."

Lahren later apologized for the KKK statement — kind of. 

"I'm outspoken, I'm controversial and I'm a human being, but one thing I am not is a racist. I'm also not going to be backed into a corner and silenced — we all say crap we don't mean when we're upset, and if my tweets on the night of the Dallas ambush hurt you — I apologize — but don't for one second think I don't have the right to criticize a movement I find destructive, damaging and dangerous," Lahren said.

So far, The Blaze hasn't commented on the petition.

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