Following a Friday appearance on ABC’s “The View” where she expressed pro-choice views, right-wing television host Tomi Lahren has been suspended by conservative network TheBlaze.
Ms. Lahren’s comments follow contrary statements from December 2016, when the South Dakota native labeled women’s reproductive rights advocates as “straight up baby killers,” and questioned the merits of funding Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.
The TV personality later tweeted in January that if those participating in the Women’s March on Washington “put this much time/effort into their families and life choices . . . they wouldn’t have to glorify abortion.”
However, in the roundtable interview featuring Lahren and five ABC co-hosts, the polarizing conservative media personality admitted to holding pro-choice views on abortion because she favors “limited government”.
“I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women should do with their bodies,” she told the panel. “I am for limited government so stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Quickly criticized for not upholding the standards of ideological purity, Lahren was forced to defend her comments over the weekend, tweeting Saturday that her pro-choice stance is consistent with that of small government conservatism.
Listen, I am not glorifying abortion. I don’t personally advocate for it. I just don’t think it’s the government’s place to dictate. https://t.co/qRjbAtJdo7
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) March 19, 2017
Despite the tepid nature of her comments, Lahren has continued to be demonized by pro-life zealots, including TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck, and suspended by the network for a week starting Monday.
The morning of the first day of her suspension, Beck discussed the controversy on his radio show, arguing against Lahren’s political logic in regard to abortion.
“I would disagree that you’re a hypocrite if you want limited government and yet want the government to protect the life of the unborn,” Beck said.
“Bomb throwing is — bomb throwing in today’s world is dangerous,” he continued. “Speech is not free. It comes with another cost and usually to the other people at the other end of your argument.”
According to The Daily Caller, Lahren, whose Blaze contract expires in September, had already been on thin-ice with co-workers due to her “inflammatory, oftentimes angry style”, and wasn’t expected to continue with the network after summer’s season ended.
Reached by email Monday evening, Lahren told CNNMoney that she wanted to comment on the situation with her current employer, but wasn’t at liberty to do so.
Prior to her no comment response, Lahren tweeted the following:
No one hunts small deer 🦌 this too shall pass. #mondaymotivation
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) March 20, 2017
While Glenn Beck may be miffed at arguably his network’s biggest star, the Spokane County Republican Party in Washington state has indicated Lahren is still scheduled to appear at the Lincoln Day Dinner in June.
[Daily Caller] [Huffington Post] [CNNMoney] [The Spokesman-Review]