On Wednesday, March 14, political commentator Tomi Lahren appeared on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends via satellite. After the program ended she posted a story to her Instagram account that featured her small dog, Kota, who she claimed wouldn't stop making noise during the segment.
Lahren confessed, talking to her dog on video:
Why don’t you tell the world what you were doing during my entire Fox & Friends hit. Oh I know, chewing on her d*** bone as loud as she possibly could. So I had to kick her about five times during the show.
The backlash against Lahren was swift. People all over social media railed against her treatment of Kota. Many, however, noted that the dog looked happy in the Instagram story, and the pair seem to have a happy history.
Lahren later posted a new story to clarify her earlier comments as a "joke," saying:
If you don’t think little Kota gets treated like a queen, you clearly don’t know little Kota. That’s for dang sure. Right, Kota?
I guess you hope to "inspire" people to kick their dogs? Would you like to be kicked? Just asking bc you seem to think its o.k. to kick yours.— Boomer (@putinisathug) March 15, 2018
Most people seem to accept that Lahren was "joking," but they agree the joke was in poor taste. Animal abuse isn't funny.
Twitter was quick to condemn the 25-year-old pundit:
Tomi should have thought twice before she posted her story. There are few things the internet loves more than dogs.
Tomi Lahren posted a video admitting she just kicked her dog *5* times because it was chewing its bone “too loud.”— jordan (@JordanUhl) March 15, 2018
Animal cruelty typically foreshadows other disturbing behavior.
But in Tomi’s case, we already knew she’s evil.
Lahren couldn't have picked a worse moment to insert herself into the conversation surrounding animal cruelty. Just this past Monday, March 12, a family's French Bulldog died after a United Airlines employee forced them to stow it in an overhead bin, despite their protests. The public outrage over the incident has inspired legal action in Washington, D.C.
This is definitely not a good time to joke about being violent with your furry friends.
Was Tomi Lahren the flight attendant on United who put the dog in the over-head compartment?— YS (@NYinLA2121) March 15, 2018
Just sayin’, I mean it makes sense.
Lahren probably won't be joking about kicking her dog again anytime soon.