On Monday, Glenn Beck called out Tomi Lahren, a popular host of TheBlaze, the company he founded. Lahren, who is reportedly planning to leave TheBlaze soon, caused a stir in conservative circles last week when she attempted to make an argument for the pro-choice position based on the principles of limited government, essentially labeling pro-life conservatives hypocrites in the process.
On The View Friday, Lahren, 24, announced to cheers from the largely liberal audience that she's pro-choice because she's pro-Constitution.
"I'm pro choice, and here's why, I am a constitutional, y'know, someone that loves the Constitution," she said. "I'm someone that’s for limited government. So 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 spouted. "I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and 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."
Needless to say, the comments didn't go over well with those who believe the lives of the most defenseless among us must be protected as well as the scientific fact that an unborn baby is distinct from a woman's body.
On Twitter on Monday, Beck, who is staunchly pro-life, got into it briefly with Lahren on Twitter after she tweeted, "I have moderate, conservative, and libertarian views. I'm human. I will never apologize, to anyone, for being an independent thinker."
Beck replied, "Wait, libertarian views? Help me out on Trumpcare, stimulus, and executive orders. Trump is anything but libertarian. #intellectualhonesty."
Beck also dedicated part of his radio show Monday to Lahren, inviting on fellow TheBlaze host Dana Loesch, a pro-life conservative, to discuss Lahren's comments. In his remarks on Lahren, Beck underscored that he did not believe her comments should be a rationale for firing her, but made clear that he sharply disagreed on the idea that conservative principles supported a pro-choice stance.
"You have to start with, 'Is it life?'" said Beck. "And the Founders knew the moment it stirs, then it was a child... It’s really crazy how anti-science we’ve become....Once you decide it’s a child, there is no right for anyone to take its life."
"You simply cannot pursue happiness if you don’t have the right to life," said Loesch, adding later, "Choice comes before conception…afterward it’s infanticide." While conservatism is a big tent, said Loesch, being pro-life is a must because "conserving the individual is the basis of conservatism."
When pressed by Beck on whether she is against abortion even when the mother has ben raped, Loesch did not answer directly, saying instead that pro-abortion advocates use that as a "disingenuous argument," citing Planned Parenthood's numbers admitting that only about 1 percent of their clients report rape as a reason for the abortion.