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Tomi Lahren totally misses point of genealogist’s research into her family
As the Huffington Post reported, Lahren completely missed the point of journalist and genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn’s findings, which revealed that Lahren’s family didn’t speak English when they immigrated to the country.
“A woman over the weekend took it upon herself to research my family history, in the hopes of digging up some kind of a ‘gotcha’ moment,” Lahren told Fox and Friends on Tuesday, saying it was “A ‘gotcha’ angle to validate illegal immigration and open borders.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 15, 2018
Mendelsohn had tweeted that her point was “not about playing gotcha” but rather uncovering flaws in Lahren anti-immigration rhetoric, which ignores immigration as a bedrock of U.S. culture and her own family’s ability to immigrate with no English skills.
“She found that my family who came here in the 1800s from Norway and Germany, that they spoke Norwegian and German. And, really, what she did is prove that my family came here legally,” Lahren said on Wednesday.
“But what she was hoping to do was try to call me a hypocrite for believing in merit-based immigration. Again, she failed miserably,” she added.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Mendelsohn reiterated that the point of her research is to demonstrate the problematic logic—and thinly veiled racism—of nativism.
“Tomi Lahren’s rich, dynamic and complex family history is a quintessentially American story,” Mendelsohn told HuffPost by email on Tuesday. “And a perfect reminder that this country has always afforded those who arrive with so little the opportunity to make a better life here. I believe it should remain that way.”
What I'm trying to show here is that these nativists can't keep trying to back up their argument by saying "the country doesn't work this way" when clearly it does, and has: for their families.
So why do they *really* not want these people here? That's what we need to dig out.
— Jennifer Mendelsohn (@CleverTitleTK) May 13, 2018
Lahren, meanwhile, is under the misguided assumption that Mendelsohn has a “fascination” with her family.
“I’m hoping that she will take on Elizabeth Warren’s next,” Lahren said.
H/T Huffington Post
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.