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Cooling down the hot takes: Glenn Beck suspends Tomi Lahren indefinitely from The Blaze

Lahren finds herself the sacrificial lamb of Glenn Beck, who's trying to win over conservatives again


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Taylor Link
March 27, 2017 8:43PM (UTC)

Right-leaning pundit Tomi Lahren will no longer appear on The Blaze, her home and platform since late 2015. TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck has indefinitely banned the popular TV personality after she declared herself pro-choice and suggested that conservatives who support stricter abortion laws are "hypocrites."

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Last week, Lahren was suspended for this March 17 comment she made on "The View."

"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 said.

Her remarks apparently outraged Beck, who thought Lahren was being hypocritical because she herself has in the past spoken out against pro-choice activists.

The New York Post reported Sunday that Beck decided to fire Lahren, in part, because he hopes to revitalize his image among conservatives.

“Glenn is reminding the world of his conservative principles by sidelining Tomi after she insulted conservatives by calling them hypocrites,” one Beck insider told Page Six.

“He’s trying to balance being a leading conservative thinker and also someone who can unify the country,” the Beck associate added. “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.”

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It appears that Lahren's job status has a lot to do with Beck's campaign to save face with the right. Beck ingratiated himself with liberals during the election for his vocal criticism of President Trump and his politics.

“Beck’s trying to reinvent himself,” another Beck insider told Page Six. “But he’s burned too many bridges.”


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