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Tomi Lahren makes sense, announces it would be a "big mistake" to overturn Roe v. Wade

Lahren, who's notably pro-choice, says conservatives will feel the wrath of liberals if new justice overturns Roe


Taylor Link
July 7, 2018 6:22PM (UTC)

Tomi Lahren, the conservative firebrand known for mindlessly triggering liberals, used some logic and reason Saturday when commenting on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.

In a video published by Fox News, Lahren said it would be a mistake for President Donald Trump to appoint a new justice based on his or her views on abortion. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, Lahren suggested.

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"Yes, the new high court vacancy is a huge opportunity for conservative values and principles, I get it. And I understand the passion behind the pro-life movement," she said in her video blog. "But to use conservatives’ new-found power and pull to challenge a decision that — according to a new Quinnipiac poll — most Americans support, would be a mistake."

Lahren famously revealed on "The View" last year that she was pro-choice. The announcement prompted her firing at Glenn Beck's conservative website The Blaze.

Although Lahren said Saturday that she "must be true" to her beliefs — an apparent reference to her pro-choice leanings — she did not make her arguments for Roe by defending abortion. Instead, Lahren cited the predictable backlash reversing Roe would trigger.

"Do we really want to fight for this, alienate Democrats, moderates, and libertarians, all to lose in the end anyway?" Lahren asked. "That’s a risk I don’t think is worth taking."

Lahren claimed that even if Trump picks a judge who's hostile to Roe v. Wade to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, there is no guarantee the legal precedent will be overturned.

"Even if conservatives decide to go for the Roe v. Wade jugular, it’s unlikely to succeed," she said. "Legal tradition makes it harder to overturn a past decision - unless there are strong grounds for doing so."

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"And a departure from precedent like Roe - which has since been upheld by other cases - is even harder to come by," she continued. "During his hearing, Justice Gorsuch made a point of noting the decision had already been reaffirmed several times."

Lahren's reasoning will likely fall on deaf ears considering Fox News viewers are overwhelming pro-life. Whether anyone in the Trump administration adopts Lahren's view remains to be seen. Trump does seem to listen to Alex Jones from time to time, so Lahren's advocacy here may not be worthless after all.

Watch Lahren's pitch to pro-life conservatives here.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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