This past weekend, conservative commentator, vocal Trump supporter, and flag defender Tomi Lahren shocked her fans and critics when she took a fairly straightforward liberal stance on the subject of abortion. In an appearance on Fox & Friends this Wednesday, she almost sounded like a passionate liberal firebrand.
During the “Final Thoughts” segment of her show on Saturday, Lahren argued that any attempt to overturn the landmark 1973 case Roe v Wade would be “unlikely to succeed” and would further divide Americans.
“We lose when we start tampering with social issues,” she said. “Do we really want to fight for this, alienate Democrats, moderates and Libertarians all to lose in the end anyway? That’s a risk that I don’t think is worth taking.”
Lahren clarified that she personally would “choose life” over having an abortion, but she believes that “it’s not the government’s place to dictate.”
“Those are my thoughts. Feel free to disagree,” she concluded.
Unsurprisingly, her comment sparked an uproar on social media.
“Yeah, it would be a shame to piss off the majority of people in order to save lives,” church pastor Aaron Smith tweeted sarcastically. “How dare a political party sacrifice its power to save unborn babies. Government should never use its power for good. That would be misuse of power.”
Others were slightly skeptical of her contrarian position.
“You realize most Americans support stricter gun control laws too right?” Twitter user Mike Brand tweeted. “So by your logic, we should have more gun control. Right?”
Nevertheless, Lahren isn’t backing down. In a heated appearance on Fox News today, she lashed out at conservatives looking to pack the Supreme Court with justices that seek to implement a religious agenda.
“I think it’s important to clarify my statements there, because first and foremost, I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a constitutional conservative, not a religious judicial activist,” she said, referring to President Trump’s recent pick for the next Supreme Court justice.
“My problem is with some of my fellow conservatives who have put it out there that we are ‘coming for Roe v Wade,'” she continued. “That is a mistake, because we are putting it out there and implying that we are sending a justice to the bench to carry out religious judicial activism which is a mistake and is unconstitutional.”
She went on:
“And if we as conservatives are going to imply that, if that’s going to be our messaging, we might as well spit on the Constitution. That is not what we stand for. If we’re not going to uphold the Constitution on its merit, who will? That is up to us to do. My real problem here, regardless of my views on abortion, pro-life, pro-choice, is the messaging of our Supreme Court justice and how he will handle Roe v Wade if it comes to that point.”
Welcome to the Resistance, Tomi!
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