The New York Post reported Monday that Tomi Lahren, one of a crop of new conservative media stars, has been fired from The Blaze after declaring herself pro-choice in a television appearance last Friday.
Lahren, who at only 24 years of age has quickly become one of the most popular rising conservative pundits in the U.S., told the panel on ABC’s The View that she can’t square her libertarian beliefs with anti-abortion laws.
“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,” Lahren said. “Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
That sort of opinion is getting popular among a certain libertarian-leaning segment of Republican voters – namely, many of the young, internet-savvy people who were among Donald Trump’s first and most enthusiastic supporters. But it is far afield from the conservative mainstream, and there were many in Lahren’s fanbase who were disturbed by her worldview.
Among them, her employer. Glenn Beck initially came to Lahren’s defense, but he said on his radio show that he could not agree with her position.
“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,” Beck said.
For her part, Lahren was unapologetic, tweeting, “I speak my truth. If you don’t like it, tough. I will always be honest and stand in my truth.”
After originally saying that Lahren’s job was not in jeopardy, though, Beck has apparently severed ties with her.
From the NY Post:
Sources say Lahren — who was suspended last week after flip-flopping on abortion and declaring herself pro-choice — has been banned permanently.
“Glenn is reminding the world of his conservative principles by sidelining Tomi after she insulted conservatives by calling them hypocrites,” one Beck insider told me.
“He’s trying to balance being a leading conservative thinker and also someone who can unify the country,” the Beck associate told me. “He just couldn’t sit by and watch as Tomi Lahren said there’s no way for conservatives to justify anything other than being pro-choice.”
We think that Beck has been dead wrong about Trump, but this was probably the right decision for his network. You have to cut out a niche for your brand, and Beck’s brand of conservatism doesn’t really have room for someone like Lahren or Milo or the other controversial Trump supporters. And as reluctant as we are to admit it, there are plenty of conservatives out there who still want nothing to do with the Trump era. Beck has laid out a welcome mat for them, and why not? Everyone should have a place.