Right-Wing Commentator Tomi Lahren Suspended for Holding Pro-Choice Views
Lahren is being punished for the wrong reason
Lahren’s show shouldn’t be suspended over her pro-choice views. She should be suspended for promoting the alt-right’s brand of racism and Islamophobia.
Tomi Lahren is considered a firebrand among conservatives. But when she recently announced on The View that she’s pro-choice and thinks women have the right to make their own decisions about their bodies, she upset her boss, Glenn Beck, who promptly suspended her from The Blaze, for at least one week, according to The Daily Beast. Appearing Friday on The View, she said she was pro-choice and characterized conservative abortion foes as “hypocrites.”
Specifically, she said this:
“I am a constitutional, y’know, someone that loves the Constitution. I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women can do with their bodies,” she said. “I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say ‘you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
This is a rather abrupt change from just three months ago, when she called abortion “murder.”
“The pro-choicers are supposed to be about rare and safe abortions. That’s how they avoid sounding like straight-up baby killers …Then we have Lena freakin’ Dunham out there wishing she could have murdered a fetus.”
On his radio show, Beck responded to Lahren on Monday:
“I would disagree that you’re a hypocrite if you want limited government, and yet you want the government to protect life of the unborn,”
On Monday, Lahren tweeted that she has “moderate, conservative and Libertarian views.”
“I’m human. I will never apologize to anyone, for being an independent thinker,”
This caused Beck to fire back:
“Wait, Libertarian views? Help me out on Trumpcare, stimulus, and executive orders. Trump is anything but Libertarian.”
He added the hashtag #intellectualhonesty,
This is all well and good, but Lahren plays with the big boys of the alt-right, and she reveres Trump, so she’s the last person I would defend in most cases. Except this one. She does deserve a little credit for standing up for women’s rights. So there’s that. Her show shouldn’t be suspended over this. She should be suspended over being racist, and Islamophobic at the very least.
The Daily Caller reports that Lahren has been in a number of conflicts with other Blaze employees. Her contract ends in September.
Beck is wrong to suspend her for defending women’s rights, which are under continual assault by conservatives.
You can watch Lahren’s controversial segment on The View in the video below.
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Featured image via YouTube.
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