Tomi Lahren has become the biggest media star among young conservatives. Her daily blogs and appearance on The Blaze have attracted millions of rabid followers. With weekly appearances on such Fox News shows as Hannity and The O’Reilly Factor, she has given voice to a new generation of conservatism. Lahren has become a conservative darling – until now.
Tomi was suspended by The Blaze for one week following the controversy that swirled around her expression of an unsuspected pro-choice position in an interview on The View.
Her comments brought immediate condemnation from Glenn Beck, founder of The Blaze. He found Lahren’s comments offensive to the conservative cause. In her own defense, Lahren said it was hypocritical to be both pro-life and for limited government.
Lahren, age 24, is a big supporter of President Trump. Her exact words on The View: “I’m someone that is for limited government, so 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 do with their bodies.”
She added, “Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
She later clarified on Twitter that she does not advocate for abortion, but maintained her pro-choice stance despite criticism.
Beck, who is a Mormon, offered his views in an article on Monday, explaining that he very much believes that one can be both pro-life and for limited government.
“The founders were really, really clear. The preamble of the constitution clearly states to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Well, who are our posterity, if not our unborn children and grandchildren and great grandchildren?” he wrote.
Nicole Russell echoed those views when writing for The Federalist, when she said that limited government is not the same as no government and anarchy, where there are no laws.
Russell argued that legalized abortion “enables the powerful (grownups) to prey on the weak (unborn babies). This kind of predatory tyranny is exactly what a constitutionally limited government that guarantees equal fundamental human rights to all is supposed to prevent.”
Lahren responded to the suspension in a series of Tweets, some jokingly. “So I’ve got some ‘me’ time tonight. Anything good on TV?”
In another Tweet, she wrote, “This life can be lonely. Thank you to those on all sides of the political spectrum – for your support. Agree or disagree, it means the world to me.”
Despite Tomi’s success – she has 4.3 million followers on her Facebook page alone – there have been rumors that she might be cut from The Blaze altogether, as there are rising tensions between her and other hosts.
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Stoyan Zaimov is a writer for The Christian Post.