Conservative Firebrand Tomi Lahren reportedly has been “banned permanently” from The Blaze, conservative pundit Glenn Beck’s publication.
The report comes in the wake of comments by Lahren during a March 17 appearance on ABC’s ‘The View’ which have been criticized in conservative ranks. As part of her remarks on the ABC show, the 24 year old conservative revealed that she supports a woman’s right to choice when it comes to abortion.
“You know what? I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” she said at the time. In calling pro-life conservatives hypocrites, the conservative firebrand said “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.”
She followed that up with a response to some of her critics on Twitter: “I have moderate, conservative, and libertarian views. I’m human. I will never apologize to anyone, for being an independent thinker.”
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, the founder of her employer, The Blaze, then blasted her on Twitter placing into question her intellectual honesty. “Wait, libertarian views? Help me out on Trumpcare, stimulus, and executive orders. Trump is anything but libertarian.” Beck then used the hashtag #intellectualhonesty to hammer home his point.
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 20, 2017
On Monday (March 20), the day following his tweet, Tomi Lahren’s show ‘Tomi’ was suspended for a week. The Blaze did not make any official announcement or provided any explanation for why the show was yanked for a week.
“I don’t hire people who are sycophants or who have my opinion,” Beck added on his program on Blaze TV on Monday. “I try to hire people who have a different opinion because I believe in being intellectually rigorous. I don’t want straw men. I want people to make a real argument on the other side so we can learn from each other and we can grow.”
“The Blaze cannot be about me, me, me, me. Media should not be about me, me, me, me,” he added later.
For her part, Lahren has, for reasons still unknown, remained uncharacteristically silent. However, she did take to Twitter on Tuesday with a cryptic message by quoting Nikita Gill, a young poet. “‘Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air still before the onset of a hurricane.’”
"Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air stills before the onset of a hurricane."
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) March 21, 2017