The abortion rights movement just earned its most surprising supporter—Tomi Lahren.
Lahren is the 24-year-old host of the show “Tomi” on the conservative website TheBlaze. She is infamous for her fast-talking rants against feminism and Black Lives Matter, and she has come to serve as a symbol of the conservative millennial generation. She often yells about her right to speak her mind, regardless of whether her opinions piss people off.
Usually, however, she’s just angering liberals. Last week, she pissed off the the wrong people—the conservatives who watch her show—and her show was suspended for a week as a result.
Here’s what happened: During an appearance on The View on Friday, Lahren shocked audience members by “coming out” as pro-choice.
“I’m pro-choice and here’s why…As someone that loves the Constitution, I am someone that is for limited government,” Lahren said on The View. “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…So stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Over the course of the past week, the once darling conservative sweetheart has been berated by the same Grand Old Party that claims to be staunch defenders of free speech. Apparently, that freedom only extends to guys like Milo Yiannopoulos, who spread hateful words about women and minorities, and not Lahren, who holds a view that differs from the conservative norm.
Funny enough, this might be the one area in which Lahren and I agree. Conservatives are hypocrites for advocating for a small government, while imposing strict regulations on women’s bodies. And although I’m often not a fan of what Lahren has to say, I believe her being punished for publicly stating her position on abortion is ludicrous. Even as a conservative webshow host, Lahren should be able to stand on the side of women’s rights and women’s health without fear of retribution.