Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren has been suspended from her show at The Blaze, according to the Daily Caller. Her sin was to acknowledge that government-enforced motherhood is a kind of slavery. You see, conservatives are not allowed to regard women as fully-formed human beings with individual rights instead of incubators.
Lahren’s inflammatory style placed her at odds with other employees at The Blaze, as previously reported by TheDC. Tensions were high between Lahren and her coworkers at The Blaze even before she called pro-life conservatives hypocrites in an appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Friday.
In her appearance on The View, Lahren said she is pro-choice and called pro-life conservatives hypocrites, saying, “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.”
The Blaze founder Glenn Beck criticized Lahren on his program yesterday, comparing her words to “bomb throwing” and criticizing her for seeming to vacillate on abortion in the past. Indeed, she is young, with half-formed ideas, whereas abortion is the third rail of conservative politics.
— The View (@TheView) March 17, 2017
Lahren spoke a terrible truth about the conservative movement — one that it does not like to hear. To suggest that there might be a little bit of hypocrisy in conservatives arguing for “smaller government,” only to shove the same government inside every woman’s uterus, is to risk pariah status on the right.
No Republican has dared voice a pro-choice position in decades, and such views have been entirely purged from the GOP. Thanks to concerted efforts by pro-life organizations, Republican candidates quickly learn that abortion foes are their first, most loyal campaign volunteers. Once elected to legislatures, Republicans soon discover that no other part of the conservative movement will show up more reliably, or in greater numbers, to lobby for its agenda. And as Lahren has discovered, anti-choice views are actively enforced within conservatism, with self-appointed police crushing any sign of independent thought on the subject.
But she also represents the Millennial cohort that is less Puritan on matters of personal privacy and sexuality. In a very real sense, this Twitter exchange between Lahren and Beck yesterday is about a generational challenge to conservative orthodoxy.
I have moderate, conservative, and libertarian views. I’m human. I will never apologize, to anyone, for being an independent thinker.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) March 18, 2017
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 20, 2017
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