President Trump offered support Wednesday for Tomi Lahren, a provocative Fox News pundit who had a drink thrown at her while leaving brunch at a Minneapolis restaurant over the weekend.
“Everybody is with Tomi Lahren, a truly outstanding and respected young woman!” Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after Lahren appeared on “Fox & Friends” to discuss the incident.
The president’s tweet came amid several others aimed at reports of the FBI’s use of a confidential source to seek information from several of his 2016 campaign aides.
According to multiple reports, Lahren was heckled by patrons at the rooftop restaurant and got into a heated exchange before leaving. Videos of the episode surfaced on social media, gaining national attention.
During her “Fox & Friends” appearance Wednesday morning, Lahren said those who threw water at her “wanted to get their 15 minutes of fame by making a video of me.”
“You don’t have to agree with my political opinions, but you don’t have the right to throw things at me,” she said. “It’s really disheartening. But again, I’m tough. I can handle it.”
During the same segment, Lahren criticized Democrats in Congress for trying to appropriate Trump’s catchphrase “drain the swamp” to describe alleged corruption in Trump’s administration.
Lahren, 25, who regularly voices support for Trump, has sparked controversy with calls for limited immigration and other conservative views. In 2016, she caused outrage with a since-deleted tweet that compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.
After this weekend’s episode, several liberals came to Lahren’s defense, including comedian Kathy Griffin.
“I couldn’t disagree more with @TomiLahren, but I don’t think it’s cool to resort to physical actions to make your point,” Griffin wrote.