Conservative Firebrand Candace Owens on Biden’s Decline, Derek Chauvin Trial, and Meghan and Harry’s Cries for Publicity

Conservative Firebrand Candace Owens on Biden’s Decline, Derek Chauvin Trial, and Meghan and Harry’s Cries for Publicity

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the host of the new evening talk show “Candace,” Candace Owens to the newsmakers line to talk about her tweets on the elder abuse of Joe Biden, the trial of Derek Chauvin, and Meghan Markle’s cries for attention.

Leahy: On our newsmaker line Candace Owens. Candace, on Wednesday you tweeted, the president of the United States is in severe cognitive decline and the entire world knows it. He gave an orchestrated kind of bizarre speech last night. What was your reaction to that speech?

Owens: I didn’t watch even a second of it because I’m not into elder abuse.

Leahy: That’s a good line. Your show is really going to be funny Candace. That’s a funny line. (Laughs)

Owens: I do not. We have a senile person that’s been installed in the Oval Office who was not given a press conference and over 50 days. Everybody in the entire world knows that Joe Biden is in cognitive decline. Everyone has known this since the second he announced that he was running for president of the United States. And the left stream media has done everything they can to protect him and to hide him and it’s foolish.

It makes America look weak. and I will not be adding myself to the group of people who are going to pretend that this man is leading our country. He’s not. He is a puppet. His strings are being pulled. I’m interested to see how long they are going to go without making him answer any questions from the press.

Leahy: What’re your guess of if he will ever hold a real press conference?

Owens: I think the answer is no, you know, I think they used covid-19 as an excuse when he was running obviously when he was nobody was showing up to hear him speak and he just had a couple of cars honking at him in hidden locations. And they don’t have an excuse now. So I think that they just keep you know doing what they’re doing and pretending that it’s completely normal that he’s not speaking in front of the press or taking any questions.

It’s a terrifying state to be. It’s like is this even a real country? There was not a single person and not even the people that are pretending that they don’t realize it that go to bed and think this is a man that is a strong leader of this country. It’s actually quite sad and it’s quite serious and it’s bizarre would be probably the correct adjectives.

Leahy: Yeah. I think you’re absolutely right about that. Other news of note. You’re just so non-controversial Candace. (Owens chuckles) You had another tweet yesterday about the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. Will he get a fair trial?

Owens: If he doesn’t get a fair trial then I think the implications are scary for the future. And I want to be clear here because people misunderstand I don’t think there’s a single person in America who thinks that Derek Chauvin is guiltless. Like we all think that Derek Chauvin did not act the correct way that day irrespective of the situation.

There’s just no reason when somebody stops moving to remain on their neck for that long. But what we’re talking about specifically are the charges that have been trumped up against to appease the public. This is not a third-degree murder charge. It should never have happened a third-degree murder charge. They can’t prove it was their degree of murder.

The autopsy shows the longer form of people who have not snippy should go out and look for it to be longer form tape of exactly what happened that day. You know, George Floyd was saying he couldn’t breathe long before he got onto the ground. It was clear to me having watched it that he was having a drug overdose. And that it’s highly likely given the results that came back in his autopsy report that he put drugs in his mouth to get rid of it when the cops were approaching the vehicle. And he had an overdose.

So Derek Chauvin did not cause George Floyd’s death. Unfortunately, the public is being deceived largely by the emotionality surrounding this case. And if he doesn’t get charged with third-degree murder, which is likely he won’t, based on evidence and we’re going to see riots as we’ve never seen before because people don’t understand that he should have never been charged for third-degree murder. So it’s unfortunate. And it’s almost like a catch-22. I don’t see how it’s good either way.

Leahy: Last question for you. A former Nashville resident Oprah Winfrey had a special interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle where they made a lot of allegations. My first question, will you invite Meghan Markle to be a guest on your new show, Candace?

Owens: As much as I think she’d love that because she’s obsessed with getting attention and pretending that she wants privacy, she will not be receiving an invite to my show because I am not looking to highlight a couple that has the audacity to accuse an entire country or to try to import America’s obsession with race overseas to England.

It’s is just so patently wrong and has upset my family of course on a lot of levels because my husband is English. And I spent a lot of time in England and it’s just so not indicative of who they are. And it’s just such scapegoating. Such spinelessness. And to Oprah, I don’t think we should be calling this an interview. We should be calling this a PR stunt. She didn’t ask any hard-hitting questions. She didn’t ask them for any proof. She is friends with Meghan Markle.

So pretending this was a no-holds-barred interview is just foolish. Meghan and Harry had the questions long before they were ever asked about them. And they crafted this interview to help them launch their careers in America and a race-obsessed America because the United Kingdom wanted one nothing could do with the narcissist Hollywood-driven couple. But let me tell you how I really feel. (Laughs)

Leahy: I was so glad to see your comments about that because I’ve studied the difference between a constitutional monarchy and a constitutional republic. I have to say Queen Elizabeth II who’s been the queen since 1952 has been a tremendous Monarch in England, in the United Kingdom, and it seems to me that Prince Harry has got some unresolved issues.

Owens: Right.

Leahy: And Meghan Markle making these allegations substantiated allegations is just looking for publicity.

Owens: That’s exactly right. And I think the worst part of the entire interview is when she says there were questions surrounding his skin color. She made that seemed like that was something harmful. It is completely harmless. I have a biracial child. If I told you how many times while I was pregnant we were saying, I wonder what color is skin color will be? I wonder how dark he’ll be?

Do you think he’ll be light? Do you think he’ll be dark? such a natural question for excited parents and family members that are trying to envision what your child is going to look like when they’re multicultural and multiracial. And she left it absent of context and just said there were questions surrounding his skin color.

I could just see right through her. Look Meghan Markle was a d-list actress. Nobody knew who she was. And today she remains a d-list actress that unfortunately, we all have to know who she is because she keeps inserting herself in this victim narrative that’s a never-ending series of victimhood.

Leahy: Candace Owens, her new show “Candace” debuts next Friday.

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Special Guest Candace Owens Talks About Becoming a Nashvillian and Her New Show ‘Candace’

Special Guest Candace Owens Talks About Becoming a Nashvillian and Her New Show ‘Candace’

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed conservative political commentator and host of the new show ‘Candace’ to the newsmakers line to talk about becoming a Nashvillian and her new show “Candace.”

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by that great conservative Candace Owens who’s moved to Nashville and has a new talk show coming called “Candace.” if you’re driving into Nashville today, you can see the Billboards announcing the program. Welcome, Candace.

Owens: Hi!

Leahy: We are delighted that you’ve moved to Nashville. How do you like it here so far?

Owens: Oh, we are so thrilled. Actually, my husband had always wanted to move to Tennessee and this just ended up lining up. The stars lined up so we couldn’t be happier to be here. And what a perfect place to start a family.

Leahy: It is a great place. And of course, we love and I’m sure you’ll love the no state income tax. How about that?

Owens: That’s the best thing especially coming from Washington D.C. So that is what we call a perk.

Leahy: It sure is. So tell us, Candace, you are now part of the folks at The Daily Wire. I was over there a couple of weeks ago and had lunch with Jeremy the CEO. Great guy, great group. You’re launching a new talk show tell us about it called “Candace.”

Owens: Yes. I’m so excited. I’m actually going to be the first girl to join the guys over at The Daily Wire. So I get to break that up a little bit. And it was really such a creative process. Jeremy and I came together and said what sort of missing from the media spectrum. There’s a lot missing first and foremost. Obviously just allowing conservatives to be in culture has always been problematic.

But we also felt like we were losing sort of the late-night talk show greats. It kind of feels like it died with Jay Leno and now it’s sort of everything is so politicized and so polarizing at the expense of the conservative. So we thought why not actually do a live studio audience show that has a late-night vibe and sort of brings something unique to the culture at the same time. And bam! Candace was born.

Leahy: What a great idea I cannot watch any of the other late-night shows. They’re just unwatchable, unbearable. I turn it off within like two seconds of seeing it.

Owens: They’re also just not funny anymore. It’s like they’re trying so hard to be offensive and to do everything at the expense of more than half of America. They just sort of lost their touch and they seem to be angry all the time. And that’s not to say that my show is going to be all humor. Obviously, I think that I sort of sit somewhere in the middle.

I think humor is the best way to deliver it. Sometimes you just need to deliver the message. And we have so much going on and so many people that feel are unheard. and so to also deliver monologues that are meaningful and hopeful I think is also probably the most important adjective. Because a lot of people are feeling hopeless in today’s circumstances. But there’s plenty to be hopeful about.

Leahy: I like that hopeful angle. and you’re very right. These other late-night talk shows are just not funny. They’re just bad to watch. I think your program will be a big big hit. Now, you said something very important. You’re going to be taping this before a live audience here in Nashville. Is that right?

Owens: That is correct. And that is something that I think is so exciting.

Leahy: Just you and me here talking now. How can I get tickets?

Owens: (Laughter) You know what? I don’t know. I’m telling you there are so many things at The Daily Wire the other day. I was walking through the offices and a girl had on a Candace t-shirt, and I went where do I get one of those? The marketing department knows more than me about these things. But they will be announcing I think this week, you know, the first episode that we’re shooting is obviously a smaller crowd.

And then I think that by the end of next week, they’re going to launch a link live on the website where you can grab tickets. And now I guess we will be the required stop for every party coming in, every bachelor party, and every bachelorette party will say they’ve got to go for a live taping of Candace.

Leahy: Oh absolutely now, so this is going to come out once a week on Fridays, is that right when it comes out?

Owens: That is correct. And then we might scale up. We just have so many ideas right now that we’re so excited about. We’re already in our heads were 10 episodes out. We’ve already written so much content that we think inevitably we’ll end up scaling up the show but we are going to start with just once a week.

Leahy: So the late-night shows have writers do you have a group of writers working with you? So actually I write my own monologues. I am a writer obviously a published author and majored in English and journalism. So I love to write. But it is a collaborative process. They brought in some other writers to kind of go back and forth on ideas.

And that is just such an exciting process. I mean to be in the room and be talking about the topics that I say to them hey, I want to make this entire episode regarding this specific topic. And then we sort of you know, fit in the room and throw around a ball and laugh and come up with funny jokes. Just at one another. So it is a collaborative process but it’s being largely led by me.

Leahy: So Candace, here’s what I think. I think this is going to be such a big hit that you won’t be able to just do it once a week.

Owens: From your mouth to God’s ears.

Leahy: Take a look at me right? So I’m 66 years old. I remember listening to Johnny Carson. I remember listening to Jay Leno. I can’t listen to any of these other folks. I will watch your program and I will find it interesting and amusing. My guess is it’ll be informative but hopeful and funny. That’s what you need. That’s what you need.

Owens: Right. We just need to not take ourselves so seriously. And at the same time, there are obviously incredibly important issues that are going on. I’m so hopeful that we’re going to bring something really unique to listeners. And once again to just sort of say to the world that we’re not ashamed to be conservative. I think there’s this sort of this feeling that’s definitely like being pushed upon us by the mainstream media that we’re somehow not allowed to exist.

Leahy: Right.

Owens: And there’s so many of us. So it’s going to take a little bit of courage. And I want to always inspire that courage amongst my listeners and my followers to say, you know, I’m here, I’m Candace, I’m doing this unapologetically and you should too.

Leahy: So your Twitter account is @RealCandaceO. How can people get your program? Is it part of the daily wire subscription or is it going to be free for a while? How’s that going to work?

Owens: Yes. And you definitely want to subscribe to the daily wires? You can go to DailyWire.com/subscribe. You can use my code, which is CANDACE of course. And you are correct that you can follow bits of the show. We have an Instagram handle and a Twitter handle so you can follow me as you mentioned at @RealCandaceO. But you can also follow @thecandaceshow. And of course, if you follow me on social media, I’ll be pushing out so much content that it will be very hard for you to miss.

Leahy: So the first show is coming a week from today. It’s going to be released a week from today?

Owens: That’s correct.

Leahy: So what we’ll do is just you and me talking here. We’ll talk to Jeremy about this. Just send us a few clips of it like, you know before and we’ll play them on the show so people on the radio show will have an idea of the fun that’s coming.

Owens: So people have an idea of the fun. This coming absolutely will give you guys a little bit of an exclusive Tennessee deserves the exclusive everything’s happening in this state. so we can definitely make that happen.

Leahy: Why is it do you think that so many conservative media outlets and people are moving to Nashville, Tennessee and in Middle, Tennessee?

Owens: Because they’re being chased out. (Laughter) The policies of New York and LA are no longer desirable. It’s not a place to raise a family. Look at the crime rates that are skyrocketing. What you’re really seeing in these coastal cities is just a manifestation of these socialist policies. The socialist thuggery as I like to say that these Democrats come up with and people realize that you just can’t live like that.

It doesn’t work when you’re incentivizing criminality. It doesn’t work when you’re punishing people as law-abiding citizens. It doesn’t work when everything becomes an expense to the law-abiding taxpayer and everything becomes free to people that don’t want to pay taxes. People that don’t want to have borders and that don’t want to have rules. And so the people are fleeing. I think I read the other day that the top two states that people are running to are Texas and Tennessee. And we were itching to get to one or the other and here we are. I’m a Nashville resident and that just feels amazing to say.

Leahy: You are a Nashville resident and we are so happy. And you have a baby. You just had a baby.

Owens: I do. Yes, it’s crazy to think that. My son who is half English and half American is going to be raised in Tennessee. It’s just an amazing feeling. We always talk about that just being raised around people with good morals and people that I love this country. His name is Georgie. And he is only eight weeks old and he’s already a Tennessee resident. How cool is that?

Leahy: That’s very cool. You’ve been out there as a prominent Black conservative woman who’s just not taking any guff from the liberals and you’ve become a target. And you masterfully punch back in a way that is fun to watch. And that’s why one of the reasons why you’re so popular and why I think your show is going to be such a success. What has changed in your life now that your mom?

Owens: People ask that question and I think that the correct answer to that is that all of these topics just bear more weight to them. And what I mean by that is that you can obviously debate political topics just on the merit of the discussion. But when you have a child you realize that how we decide these debates.

You know who ends up winning these debates is really determining the future of how your children are going to be raised. I often ask myself is my son going to be raised in the same America that I grew up in? And really with the Democrats at the wheel, the answer is no. And so everything becomes so much more severe and you just want to give it your absolute all when it comes to informing listeners and saying to people this is really not okay where we’re headed.

And we need to sort of stop this train which is falling off of the tracks at the moment. So I definitely think these discussions have just become so much more real to us. And I definitely want to give it my absolute all to make sure that we don’t lose America and we don’t lose this country.

Leahy: When we come back after the break with Candace Owens we’ll ask the big question, which is did she watch the Joe Biden event last night, and what was her reaction? So Candace, think about that over the break. I’m sure you’ve thought about that quite a bit.

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Network of Enlightened Women-Nashville Chapter President Allison Santa Rita Talks Challenges on Being a Conservative at Belmont University

Network of Enlightened Women-Nashville Chapter President Allison Santa Rita Talks Challenges on Being a Conservative at Belmont University

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the president of Belmont University’s Nashville Chapter of the Network of Enlightened Women to the studio to discuss the bias and challenges she and her chapter of conservative women face on campus.

Leahy: We are joined in Studio by Allison Santa Rita. She’s the president of the Nashville chapter of the Network of Enlightened Women. Good morning Alison.

Santa Rita: Good morning. Thank you so much for having me. It’s so great to be able to be here especially after being followed by our founder Karen Lips. That’s incredible.

Leahy: So you’re a student at Belmont?

Santa Rita: Yes.

Leahy: Where are you from originally?

Santa Rita: I am originally from around the area of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Leahy: Great place great place. I had friends that lived in Carmel, Indiana. That’s a nice little suburb isn’t it Indianapolis?

Santa Rita: Absolutely. They were actually our rival in school.

Leahy: Where’d you go to work to get high school?

Santa Rita: I went to Noblesville High School. So I went to a public one.

Leahy: So who won?

Santa Rita: Caramel. (Laughter)

Leahy: So what brought you to Nashville? Why did you choose it?

Santa Rita: I had always wanted to go into the entertainment or music industry and Belmont just seemed like the perfect place to do that. And also who doesn’t want to live here in Nashville during college?

Leahy: I would agree with that and by the way, we’re talking off-air that my wait for my first cousin twice removed. That is the granddaughter of my first cousin who is going to be enrolling at Belmont. She’s got a scholarship to play sports there. So we are delighted to have her here in town. Extend the Leahy family here in Nashville. And so you’re part of the Nashville family now.

Santa Rita: Yes, absolutely. I quite enjoy it. (Chuckles)

Leahy: It is a nice place, isn’t it to be a college student?

Santa Rita: Oh, absolutely. I mean it’s not just the opportunity to really do whatever you would want, whenever you want. But also especially as a music student, it’s incredible to be able to go make those connections at the writers’ rounds that they have almost every single night throughout the week. Which is absolutely incredible.

Leahy: So you’re majoring in music?

Santa Rita: So I’m majoring in the music business with an emphasis in business.

Leahy: Interesting, interesting. So the Network of Enlightened Women educates the next generation of women leaders on conservative principles. So are you the next generation of women leaders on conservative principles?

Santa Rita: Yes. Absolutely. At least I hope so. and especially on our college campus. I’m sure a lot of people are worried about their children or grandchildren going into college. And I think it’s super important to have organizations such as the network of enlightened women to help keep us grounded and keep us on track with our beliefs. And it’s incredible what they’re doing and I really do think they are producing the next round of conservative women who are going to stand up and fight for our beliefs throughout these next couple of years.

Leahy: So how many members of the Nashville chapter of the network of enlightened women are there?

Santa Rita: Yes, so we have about 100 women.

Leahy: Really? See now I’m impressed. I mean I was already impressed. But now I’m really impressed.

Santa Rita: Yes. We love it. We noticed that we do have 100 women who are signed up and they do stay active with events that we have. But then we have like about 40 women who are just so active and they are absolutely incredible. And they’ve joined committees. They do social media takeovers for us. They help with social media or really any aspect that they have the opportunity to jump in and be active they do it.

Leahy: My question to you is, are conservatives and particularly conservative women isolated on the campus? Do you get a lot of negative feedback from various folks?

Santa Rita: Yes. Absolutely. One story. There are so many stories but one is that we have a Twitter handle, not directly related to Belmont. They say they’re not affiliated but it’s all Belmont students and it is incredibly toxic. And once two even three times a week, they will make it a point that conservatives are not welcome on campus.

Leahy: Really?

Santa Rita: Yes.

Leahy: Well, but that’s just a Twitter account. But tell me the rest of the story.

Santa Rita: What they do is they have probably a group of people that for sure go out when we are on campus and they’ll take videos of us and try and ask us questions. Or if I go out and put QR codes on tables and say hey would you like to join our community? Tell them a little bit about it. Within the next hour, all of those QR codes will be removed from the whole entire campus. And they were actually tweeting about it and they said conservatives are not welcome on this campus. You have no Community here. and not that you don’t have a community, but we don’t want you to have one.

Leahy: But these are just students right?

Santa Rita: Yes.

Leahy: What’s the administration do there?

Santa Rita: They do not care.

Leahy: They don’t do anything to defend you.

Santa Rita: Nope. Not at all. In fact Network of Enlightened Women does not have an actual chapter at Belmont because they said that we are not allowed to have a national advocacy organization anymore on Belmont’s campus. But we’re not. We’re a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.

Leahy: So that’s their excuse, that you can’t have national advocacy groups there?

Santa Rita: So what actually happened is we applied last fall semester and they were just coming up with excuses like oh reformat your bylaws, do this do that. And so I had gone on for about three months of redoing stuff and trying to keep in contact. And every time I would ask, just excuses. Then the next semester rolls around which is this semester and I said, hey, what’s the update? We have some incredible women who want this to be a Belmont chapter. And they said, I’m sorry, we have changed the rules. We are no longer allowing national advocacy programs.

Leahy: Was that basically to keep you guys from having a chapter?

Santa Rita: I believe so. 100 percent, but I can’t confirm.

Leahy: So if we had somebody from the Belmont administration sitting here, what would they say about you and your conservative group that just wants to have an opportunity to be on campus like every other group out there?

Santa Rita: So I’ve had conversations with them and all they say is you know, we had to change those rules because we’re trying to keep it local.

Leahy: So you are not local apparently. The chapter of a national group is not local is that the new standard?

Santa Rita: Apparently so.

Leahy: Well, but why are you paying these guys’ tuition if they’re so mean to you?

Santa Rita: Absolutely.

Leahy: That’s a serious question. Why spend a lot of money with these people that don’t like you because you actually have a point of view that they don’t approve of?

Santa Rita: Yeah, so that’s a great question. Though at the end of the day I’m there for an incredible music opportunity to learn from some really great professors who most of them are a little bit like-minded with me. Which is incredible.

Leahy: Shh, don’t tell anybody that. (Whispers) You might get them in trouble.

Santa Rita: I’m not going to name names. (Chuckles)

Leahy: Good.

Santa Rita: But that’s okay because those that are not like-minded are very vocal to us.

Leahy: So the professors that are not like-minded Are they mean to you? What do they say? Do they say, you know, get out of here? Are they a little more muted in their conversations with you?

Santa Rita: So there are professors on campus who will not allow conservatives to write about conservative topics because we have to get them approved on papers.

Leahy: You mean in a class?

Santa Rita: Yes.

Leahy: As a normal part of submitting papers in the class? So they’re constraining freedom of speech in their classes.

Santa Rita: Absolutely. (Laughs)

Leahy: This is academic freedom gone haywire.

Santa Rita: And we try to fight it. and there are some people that are working on stories about it. The best we can do is get our voice out there tell our stories and really talk about what is happening. But at the end of the day, I am there for a music degree. And sadly the music industry does not agree with a lot of my beliefs.

Leahy: Well, that’s probably true. So you get the music degree and then you go out into the music industry. And do they hate conservatives too or is it a mixed bag?

Santa Rita: I’d say it’s a mixed bag, especially on the business side you might have a little bit more of the conservatives. But in the actual industry, you’re probably going to be stuck with some not so like-minded people. But you know as a conservative I find it very important to surround myself with those of opposite views. I think that’s incredibly important especially as a student

Leahy: You see liberals don’t do that.

Santa Rita: 100 percent.

Leahy: I mean if you’re a liberal you gotta you can only talk to liberals. You can’t even entertain the thought from a conservative. What’s it like psychologically for you and your fellow members of the Network of Enlightenment Women Nashville chapter here in Belmont? What percentage of your fellow students in the administration are just actively trying to undermine what you’re doing and try to be mean to you?

Santa Rita: Yeah, I don’t know the exact percentage but it feels like a lot. I would definitely say we are the silent majority. So those that are vocal or not conservatives normally. So it really does feel like about 70 percent of the campus is trying to get us. So it’s really tough at times. One of the things we have really have focused on in the Network of Enlightened Women is Nashville’s community because we realized…

Leahy: Internally with your folks? How do people get in touch with you?

Santa Rita: They can get in touch with Network of Enlightened Women-Nashville on Instagram. And we kind of reply to our DM’s and we make sure that we are I’m staying active with them.

Leahy: Alison Santa Rita thanks. The president of the Nashville chapter of the Network of Enlightened Women. Good luck and keep us posted. Ad let’s hope the administration at Belmont starts to be a little bit nicer to you guys.

Santa Rita: I hope so too.

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Host of ‘No Interruption’ Tomi Lahren Talks Moving to Nashville and Saving It from the Clutches of Liberalism

Host of ‘No Interruption’ Tomi Lahren Talks Moving to Nashville and Saving It from the Clutches of Liberalism

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Fox Nation contributor and host of No Interruption, Tomi Lahren to the newsmakers line to discuss her move to Nashville and how the migration of liberals from failed left-wing cities could compromise it.

Leahy: We are joined our newsmaker line now by one of the newest Nashvillians. But one that we are very pleased to welcome to Nashville, Tomi Lahren, Fox Nation contributor. Thanks for joining us.

Lahren: It’s great to be here! And I got to tell you, I’m almost at my one-year anniversary of leaving California for Nashville. So I got to say, this has been a long time coming. And I’m so happy to be in Nashville and happy to be on with you.

Leahy: You moved here in April. A very smart move. We’re delighted to have you here. We’ll talk about that move in a minute. You burst onto the conservative media scene like a supernova. I mean, just terrific commentary out there. You started with One American News Network. I didn’t know this. You’re from Rapid City, South Dakota. And you were an intern, for now, Governor Kristi Noem at one time. Isn’t that right?

Lahren: Yes. And you know, our governor is finally getting the recognition she deserves. And it’s all because she decided to keep our great state of South Dakota open. They give a lot of credit to Texas and Mississippi for lifting their mask mandates and for having full capacity. But never forget South Dakota. We never played that game. I hope we can say the same in Tennessee coming up pretty soon.

Leahy: I’m with you on that one, Tomi. So tell us a little bit about why you decided early last year to move from Los Angeles to Nashville.

Lahren: You know, the writing was on the wall. California was not the place to be. And I knew that moving there. I moved from Texas to LA, and I thought, I just want to be in the middle of where all this pop culture and all this liberalism is based and centered in that of the course in Los Angeles. But after a while, hemorrhaging my hard-earned tax dollars to that state, which is clearly a failed state, and a failure all together with a horrible governor that I’m very delighted to see they’re likely going to recall, I decided you know what?

It’s time to pick up and go to the South. And I looked at Nashville and I said, Nashville is a great city. But you know what? Liberalism. It’s affecting Nashville, too. So maybe this is a place that I can come and sound the alarm. A warning, if you will about what happens when you start implementing liberal policies. It’s not too long before you California your Tennessee.

Leahy: That’s a very good point. Craig Huey, who also is a refugee from California and a direct marketing expert, has come in and talked to us about that as well. So you do live in the city of Nashville now, what is your experience been with Tennesseeans?

Lahren: Well, Tennesseeans are great. I don’t have a lot of love for this mayor. And I’ve been pretty vocal about that, especially moving from California. Like I said, the writings on the wall of what’s going to happen to Nashville if we keep electing people like Mayor John Chicken Cooper, as I so affectionately have titled him. (Leahy chuckles)

Leahy: You call him John Chicken Cooper. I love that name. I call him a tin pot dictator. I think your name is a little bit better.

Lahren: (Chuckles) You know, I think whatever fits. I think there are so many names that can fit this mayor and what he’s done to the city over the last year. And it doesn’t really look like there’s going to be an end in sight. We’re still keeping up with some of these restrictions and mandates that are crushing our bars, crushing our economy.

You know, no bail out for that. We got to reopen. We open fully. And I hope Mayor John Chicken Cooper (Leahy chuckles) is listening because I know that he does take a look at my Instagram stories and my tweets from time to time. So Chicken Cooper, if you’re listening in, it’s time to reopen Nashville.

Leahy: By the way, did you see our story at The Tennessee Star that the community oversight board they named a member to the community oversight board, who was a convicted felon and not a registered voter. Ovid Timothy Hughes. He resigned suddenly, a couple of weeks ago. Nobody knew why. Our reporter Corrine Murdock looked into it. He was convicted of a felony back in 2008 and he’s not a registered voter which is required by law. How about that?

Lahren: (Chuckles)  I wish I could say I was shocked and surprised, but I’m really not. Watching this mayor and much of the city council placate too BLM and other extreme leftist movements. None of that really shocks and surprises me. Like I said, the California virus is moving in faster, far faster than coronavirus. And if people don’t wake up, it’s only a matter of time before Los Angeles comes to Nashville, Tennessee. And there’s no going back once that happens. Nothing surprises me anymore.

Leahy: Tomi, we’re going to have a big party, probably next month or the month after to welcome all of the new conservatives who’ve come to Nashville. Including the Daily Wire folks and Candace Owens. You’re more than welcome to come to that party. We’re probably going to have to host it a little bit outside of Nashville, Davidson County because of restrictions. But we’ll let you know. And we’d be delighted to have you come to that party.

Lahren: Hey, let’s do it. I think that there’s a lot of great conservative voices moving here. And we’re going to make sure that the mayor is kept in check. And we’re going to make sure that the governor is feeling the heat and the pressure because it’s time for him to step up too. And there’s a lot of good folks here ready to do that.

Leahy: Tell us about your talk show on Fox Nation, No interruption.

Lahren: So no interruption is my long-form show on Fox Nation, which is our digital streaming platform. And I actually just returned this weekend from my home state of South Dakota doing a story on the pipeline and all of the people that have been affected by the Biden administration’s executive order on that.

So what I really do on that show is I take a deeper dive into the issues facing our country. Whether it be the border or the pipeline or the mental health issues that we’re facing because of via Democrats, infringements, and mandates that came along with coronavirus. That’s what I explore in-depth on No Interruption. And then of course, I have my Daily Final Thoughts which is what people are used to hearing from me. Not a controversial segment at all.

Leahy: Not controversial at all. Tomi, I love watching that, by the way. I mean, you pull no punches. You just smack them right in the face. It’s fantastic.

Lahren: Well, thank you. It’s about time conservative start doing that. I talk a lot about cancel culture, too. And the reason that we’re in the midst of cancel culture is partly our own fault because for too long, conservatives have caved. We’ve bowed, we’ve deal to the mob, and I think we’re realizing the impact and effects of that.

So we only have ourselves to blame. It’s time to stop being the silent majority and to start being the louder majority and taking the country back because that’s the only way we’re going to save it. Sleepy Joe, 50 days and we haven’t heard from him, but he’s sure done a lot to hurt our country. And so we’ve got to be a little louder and more vocal about it.

Leahy: Now your program. You’re with Fox Nation. Do you record it here in Nashville? Do you go up to New York? How does the logistics work of that?

Lahren: I have a studio based right here in Nashville, Tennessee. In fact, I just got off of Fox and Friends. It’s nice because I don’t always have to put on pants to do TV, so it works out. But yes, I am here in Nashville. Thank goodness, because New York sounds absolutely horrible right now.

Leahy: It is absolutely horrible. All of the people that we know in New York City are trying to move and they’re all looking to move to Nashville. Likewise, in California. If you are a realtor in Middle Tennessee, the best place to market is California, Illinois, and New York.

Lahren: Oh, absolutely. But you know, I do have a fear with that because with the Californians coming in, we know that they’re not all great conservatives. We know that a lot of them are liberals fleeing a liberal failed state and bringing their policies with them. But not only are they bringing their policies with them, but they’re also bringing a whole lot of money in their pockets from selling their real estate in California.

But they’re coming here. They’re buying up the houses site unseen. They’re pricing out the locals and then they’re voting in horrible policies and horrible people. I mean, we can’t sustain another 34 percent property tax increase. So hey, Californians, you’re welcome. But leave your politics at the door, please.

Leahy: That’s a good idea. By the way, Glenn Reynolds, who is Instapundit at instapundit.com is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Tennessee, has a great idea. And maybe we ought to do something with this. We ought to have a welcome wagon for people that come in from California and just say as they cross the border say, welcome. We are a no-income-tax state. We are going to keep it that way because it’s in our constitution. Take your liberal ideas and leave them in California. You think that would be a good idea, Tomi?

Lahren: I think we should definitely be putting up signs, billboards, Instagram, and whatever we can do. And I would also recommend that we screen some of the scenes from downtown Los Angeles and what they left and what they fled from and all the liberal policies that have destroyed their home city and state. And just let that be a little friendly reminder of what happens when you vote in liberals. Because, as I always say, liberalism is a mental disorder. Get well soon.

Leahy: (Chuckles) Yeah, that is funny. Hey, what has been the biggest thing that surprised you about Tennessee and Nashville since you moved here in April?

Lahren: You know, I’ll tell you this. Nashville is obviously a little bit more of a Democrat city. And once you get outside, it’s certainly far more conservative. But I’ll tell you this, even the Democrats here, even the liberals, they’re kind. We might not always agree, but I’ll tell you, in LA, I have been kicked. I have been tripped.

I have had things thrown at me. I have been heckled. But even the liberals here, are far more respectful in the South. So I got to give them that. And I got to give them some credit. I think that they know that there are a lot of conservatives here, so they’re not going to pull that crap. I got to say, people here are just in general nicer than a lot of places.

Leahy: I will confirm that. I moved here back in 1991 and I lived in California. I went to business school out there. But we moved here in 1991. I’m delighted that I made the move. And we are equally delighted Tomi Lahren that you’ve made the move here. Thank you so much for joining us today. Will you come to the studio sometime?

Lahren: Let’s do it. I’m just down the road, so. We’ll have a lot of fun and really bring the punches to the mayor.

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