In case you’re not familiar with the current millennial darling of conservative media, let us introduce you to Tomi Lahren. The 24-year-old is a right wing pundit whose rants about “snowflakes” have gone viral, and who now works for something called TheBlaze. She’s not afraid to sport a Make America Great Again hat and drink from a great big mug of liberal tears. And, oh yeah, America: She wants you to know she has black friends.
Lahren’s rhetoric is so staunchly right wing that it’s often possible to predict what views she’s going to espouse before any words ever leave her lips; she’s pro-gun, pro-border wall, and hey, you know, America First. But on her appearance on The View today, Lahren let loose an opinion which doesn’t align with current conservative doctrine at all. It turns out, Lahren is pro-abortion rights.
Lahren explained to the women of The View that she supports a woman’s right to an abortion because:
I am a constitutional—you know, someone that loves the constitution, I am 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 should do with their bodies. 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.”
The show’s hosts were surprised by this and Lahren explained that she gets attacked by conservatives for her abortion views, laughing and saying, “I think it’s equal hate from all sides for me.”
Okay. Here’s the thing, though: When you claim, as Lahren does, to be a constitutional conservative, who doesn’t believe in rampant governmental spending, yet still support a president who blithely spends hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars on things like keeping his wife in a literal gold-plated tower in New York City, as Trump does, and who ran with an ardently anti-abortion vice-president in Mike Pence, then perhaps you should think a little bit harder about which of your values you’re fine with compromising, and what the cost of that compromise will be for all American women. Just a thought.