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The right-leaning firebrand Tomi Lahren has been barred permanently from her network, TheBlaze, after saying she was in favor of abortion rights during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” earlier this month, sources told the New York Post.
Glenn Beck, the founder of TheBlaze, was put off when Lahren suggested conservatives who were against abortion are hypocrites, a source told the Post.
Beck has been “trying to balance being a leading conservative thinker and also someone who can unify the country,” an associate of Beck’s told the Post. “He just couldn’t sit by and watch as Tomi Lahren said there’s no way for conservatives to justify anything other than being pro-choice.”
Beck has undergone a type of rebranding over the last few months, having distanced himself from his past fiery rhetoric toward liberals and the Obama administration. As Donald Trump quickly rose to the top of the Republican ticket, Beck vehemently opposed him and reached out to the media to apologize for playing a role in further polarizing the political climate.
He reiterated his thoughts during an appearance on the comedian Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” in December. The former Fox News host said that “as a guy who has done damage” to the political discourse, “I don’t want to do any more damage.”
“Beck’s trying to reinvent himself,” a former insider at TheBlaze told the Post.
Lahren caused a media firestorm when she said it would be hypocritical to say she was for limited government while advocating the government legislate the legality of abortion.
“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,'” Lahren said on “The View.”
She added: “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.'”
Beck immediately criticized Lahren for saying she had libertarian views while supporting economic stimulus, President Donald Trump’s executive orders, and House Republicans’ attempt to overhaul the US healthcare system.