The Blaze‘s Tomi Lahren is an entertainer, plain and simple, and much of what she believes falls outside of the political center. People on the right love to roll their eyes at her, but it’s typically more dismissive than angry.
On Friday, the eye rolling snowballed into concerted denunciation. Why did Lahren do that warranted universal criticism from conservatives? She came out as pro choice on “The View”:
“I am a constitutional, y’know, someone that loves the Constitution. 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. I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” Lahren said.
Reasonable stuff. Lahren finally publicly endorsed a position that’s in line with large sections of the American public. Strangely, that’s exactly when so many conservative pundits gave their strongest condemnations of Lahren:
Even The Blaze founder Glenn Beck weighed in, knocking her for identifying as a libertarian but also supporting Donald Trump:
Regardless of whether Lahren flip-flopped on abortion, I can’t say I understand why this was somehow the line for so many conservatives. Did Beck not fully understand Lahren’s political views when he hired her? If he’s implying Lahren is intellectually dishonest, what is he doing paying her salary?
Instead of outing others as traitors to the conservative cause, Lahren had one of the most reasonable responses to the abortion hubbub:
Lahren has said more far more screwy things in the past that plenty of conservative pundits have let slide: like when she compared Black Lives Matter to the KKK or when she implied President Obama and his “two black attorney generals,” incited the Dallas police shootings.
Seems like a lot of conservative pundits can tolerate plenty of casual racism. Rather than immediately making a concerted effort to ostracize Lahren from the moment she showed up, conservatives waited until she weighed-in on abortion before really letting her know she couldn’t hang around anymore.
Who can blame them for such glaringly obvious cynicism? Many of these writers work for platforms that cater to a same (sometimes ugly) portion of the Republican base. Maybe they should focus on that issue instead.