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Tomi Lahren Suspended For Pro-Choice Comments

| by Simone Stover

Tomi Lahren has been suspended from her talk show for comments she made on abortion.

Lahren has made a name for herself as a conservative political commentator. In November of 2016, the BBC called her "the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook." 

Lahren is known for her eponymous talk show "Tomi" which contains a three-minute segment called "Final Thoughts." During this time, she provides a quick assessment of various political topics, all while speaking extremely quickly and looking directly at the camera. 

Perhaps some of her most famous comments were those that she made in criticism of football player Colin Kaepernick, who chose to kneel during the national anthem at NFL games as a form of protest against racial oppression. She also appeared on Trevor Noah's "The Daily Show," reports Slate, after which she received criticism for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK.

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On March 17, Lahren appeared on the ABC TV series "The View," reports The Washington Post. While on the show, she made comments that expressed pro-choice sentiments. 

"I'm someone that is for limited government, 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," said Lahren, according to the BBC. "Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well." 

On March 18, Lahren took to Twitter to clarify her views.

"Listen, I am not glorifying abortion," she said. "I don't personally advocate for it. I just don't think it's the government's place to dictate."

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Lahren's comments were not well-received by The Blaze, the network on which "Tomi" appears. According to The Daily Caller, the show will suffer a week-long suspension, which began on March 20. 

In addition, The Blaze founder Glenn Beck was critical of Lahren's comments. On his radio show on March 20, he explained his personal views regarding abortion, expressing his pro-life beliefs.

However, Beck did not close the door completely on Lahren returning to the show.

"First of all, we have a whole bunch of different kinds of people that work here. ... So if you’re pro-choice, you can have a job at The Blaze," he said. 

However, according to The Daily Caller, a source reports that Lahren's show will most likely be gone from The Blaze by September. 

Lahren has taken to Twitter to defend herself against the comments. 

"I speak my truth," she said. "If you don't like it, tough. I will always be honest and stand in my truth."

Sources: BBC (2), Slate, The Daily Caller, The Washington Post, Glenn Beck, Tomi Lahren/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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