Popular political commentator Tomi Lahren has been suspended for one week by conservative media outlet “The Blaze.” The exact nature of the suspension is unclear, but the Daily Caller reports that it could be the result of a pro-choice comment she made last week on the television show “The View.”
“I’m pro-choice and here’s why,” Lahren said. “I’m a constitutional, you know, someone that loves the Constitution. I am someone that is for limited government, and 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 continued: “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.”
Lahren was suspended shortly after the interview. While The Blaze hasn’t stated the reason for her suspension, Glenn Beck, the outlet’s founder, criticized Lahren on his radio show. He played clips of Lahren seeming to flip-flop on the abortion issue and argued against the idea that conservatives are hypocrites for opposing abortion.
“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. It’s very, very clear,” he said. “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.”
Lahren’s troubles at The Blaze began even before her comments on The View, according to the Daily Caller. Her inflammatory style has put her at odds with other Blaze employees, and she might leave the network even before her contract expires in September.
To her critics on Twitter—which included other Blaze reporters—Lahren tweeted, “I speak my truth. If you don’t like it, tough. I will always be honest and stand in my truth.”
Lahren, 24, has been gaining increasing popularity over the last several months for a segment of her show called “Final Thoughts,” a short rant about current political events. She occasionally tackles gun-related issues, calling on politicians and government officials to reduce restrictions and regulations on firearms.
“The anti-gunners say they don’t want to infringe on your rights, but that’s the first lie,” she told Personal Defense World in October of 2016. “The Second Amendment states our right to bear arms ‘shall not be infringed.’ That means no arbitrary restrictions on the type or size of firearms we own.”