Rapid City native Tomi Lahren returns home for book signing
RAPID CITY, SD — Books-A-Million welcomed Rapid City native and author Tomi Lahren for a book signing on Saturday.
Her new book ‘Never Play Dead’ encourages readers to take pride in who they are and what they believe in, which is perhaps what Lahren is best known for as a political commentator and TV personality.
“It’s about finding your voice and using it, and that doesn’t matter if you’re a conservative, a liberal, an independent, or you’re not political at all.” said Lahren, “It’s personal, professional, and political being able to find that confidence to speak your mind and be who you truly are.”
Dozens of fans came out to get their books signed, take pictures, and speak with Lahren.
One fan, Zachery Wilson, greeted her with a bouquet, a handmade painting, and asked Tomi to go to “Night To Shine” with him, which is a prom made specifically for people with disabilities.
He and his mom are both avid fans.
“We never met Tomi before and it is an honor just because she is a hometown girl with conservative values.” said Zachery’s mother, Anne Marie Wilson.
Lahren was born and raised in Rapid City and graduated from Central High School.
Many fans approached with stories about growing up with her parents and grandparents.
“It’s so good to be home,” continued Lahren, “I do everything I do really to represent middle America, the forgotten Americans, the silent majority and that to me is what Rapid City, South Dakota represents. So to be able to come home and come back to a book store that I used to go to when I was in elementary school, middle school, high school and to be able to be back and be able to be here and see the support from my hometown really means everything to me and South Dakota means everything to me, so I couldn’t be happier.”
People of all ages attended and a few even asked for her to sign their “Make America Great Again” hats and shirts.
One attendee says that he admires how outspoken she is about her conservative values.
“I’ve always thought that I’ve been alone in my political thoughts, like everybody disagrees with me.” said Brian Wallenberg, “Then I saw her three years ago on The Blaze and thought, wow somebody that’s exactly like me almost. I’ve just become a major fan every since then.”
Throughout the two hours that she was at the book store, over 100 people got their books signed.