Tomi Lahren Suspended From Conservative Show
Political commentator Tomi Lahren has been suspended from her show on TheBlaze due to her comments on abortion rights.
Lahren, a young conservative made popular by incendiary commentary in Facebook videos, announced she is actually pro-choice.
Because of this announcement, the conservative network suspended her show.
Lahren announced her pro-choice stance during an appearance on "The View" on March 17. There, she said,
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 do with their bodies.'
This is a line of logic many Democrats have considered, but it's rare to hear it from a Republican.
"Tomi's show will not be in production this week," the network's managing editor Leon Wolf told CNN.
But Lahren's position at TheBlaze has been on uneasy footing before "The View" appearance, according to The Daily Caller.
The 24-year-old's contract with the company ends in September, and apparently, chances were "pretty near zero" they plan to keep her on past then.
"Lahren's inflammatory style placed her at odds with other employees at TheBlaze," Peter Hasson reported for The Daily Caller.
Glenn Beck, TheBlaze's founder, indicated Lahren's suspension came more from "intellectual dishonesty," rather than her pro-choice opinion. He said,
The pen is mightier than the sword, and it can destroy people if your aim is clicks, views, and ratings.
Beck went on to show a clip from last year showing Lahren talk about her pro-life views. So basically, he's indicating she switched for the attention.
That's not to say Beck's OK with her allegedly being pro-choice. He spent a significant amount of time attacking her announced stance and telling her why she's wrong.
Lahren, for her part, spent Monday night doing what many other 24-year-olds do in times of distress: tweeting into the ether.
For the record, Lahren is far from the only Republican to say she's pro-choice.
While a slight majority of Republicans overall think abortion should be illegal, according to recent Pew data, 55 percent of moderate and liberal Republicans believe abortion should be legal.
Overall, 57 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
Citations: Tomi Lahren Is Suspended From The Blaze After Pro-Choice Remarks (Refinery29), Tomi Lahren's show pulled for a week after abortion comments (CNN), The Blaze Suspends Tomi Lahren (Daily Caller), Abortion Public Opinion (Pew)