Tomi Lahren, a conservative commentator for The Blaze, has been suspended from hosting her show for one week, according to a report by the conservative news site The Daily Caller. Lahren had been on the defensive since declaring herself pro-choice last week during a talk show appearance. The report cited multiple inside sources at The Blaze who have knowledge of the situation.
According to The Huffington Post, Lahren incited the ire of her fellow Republicans after appearing on The View on Friday. “I’m pro-choice and here’s why,” she said during her appearance. “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.
“I can say, you know what, I am for limited government so stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body as well,” she added.
Lahren has previously expressed her disdain for the pro-choice movement, so some conservatives accused her of back-peddling on the issue.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) March 17, 2017
But this wasn’t the first time that Lahren indicated her pro-choice leanings. After Lena Dunham (foolishly) expressed her regret over never having the opportunity to get an abortion, Lahren proclaimed during a segment for The Blaze:
“I could care less if Lena Dunham had an abortion, or wants to have an abortion, or talks about abortion.” (And by “care less,” she presumably means “couldn’t care less,” since the former phrase would imply that she cares. But we digress.) Lahren did, however, proceed to label pro-choicers as “straight up baby killers.”
Responding to the controversy over the appearance on The View, Lahren sought to clarify her stance. “Listen, I am not glorifying abortion,” she wrote on Twitter. “I don’t personally advocate for it. I just don’t think it’s the government’s place to dictate.” In another tweet, Larhen said, “I have moderate, conservative, and libertarian views.” She added, “I will never apologize, to anyone, for being an independent thinker.”
By Monday morning, the uproar that simmered over the weekend seemed to come to a boil as Glenn Beck, the founder of The Blaze TV network and publisher of the companion website, took to his Twitter feed to criticize Lahren. Quote tweeting Larhen’s post about being unapologetic for her libertarian views, Beck took issue with her public support for President Trump, saying that Trump’s presidency thus far has been “anything but libertarian.”
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 20, 2017
Later in the day, according to the Daily Caller report, Beck played a clip on his radio show in which Lahren appeared to change her stance on abortion. He then issued a lecture directed at the embattled host, saying, “It’s very, very clear. But it takes intellectual honesty, and it takes a willingness to actually think these things through and to do more than just read Twitter or Facebook to get your news and your political opinions. You actually have to study things — these things out in your mind. Especially at a time period like today.”
Also on Monday, the official Twitter account for The Blaze, Lahren’s own network, joined in the chorus of criticism, saying “Pro-lifers aren’t the ones being hypocrites, Tomi,” next to a photo of a pocket-sized printout of the U.S. Constitution.
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) March 20, 2017
Lahren, 24, has experienced a meteoric rise to fame on The Blaze, where her politically charged commentary on a range of topics has struck a chord with conservatives and stoked controversy with liberals. In December, Lahren went head to head with Daily Show host Trevor Noah in a heated discussion about Trump’s unexpected electoral victory. Video of the segment went viral.
The Daily Caller report said it wasn’t clear if Lahren’s suspension was related to her remarks on The View.