Earlier this week Tomi Lahren was suspended from the Blaze by her boss Glenn Beck. Tomi Lahren was suspended after she said, “I’m someone that is for limited government, so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies.”
While I think that a person can espouse a pro-choice view without calling other people hypocrites, I believe there is a bigger question in this dispute. The real question is which type of conservative do I prefer in this fight?
During the 2016 election, Glenn Beck joined the Never Trump movement. For all practical purposes, Beck said, “I’m With Her.” That is why I’m with Tomi Lahren.
Long before the 2016 election, Glenn Beck reminded me of a kid on my Little League baseball team when I was ten years old. It didn’t matter whether it was a fastball or a curveball, the kid would always swing the bat exactly the same way.
Glenn Beck argues much the way that kid played baseball. The facts don’t matter because ideas are more important than facts. I don’t know if Tomi ever played baseball, but she responds to questions with facts and not conspiracy theories.
To his credit, after President Trump kept his promise to appoint a Neil Gorsuch, from his list of potential Supreme Court Justices, Glenn Beck admitted, “I was completely wrong on that. I stand corrected. I apologize to Donald Trump. He said last night, I promised you that I would do that. I’m a man of my word. He was. So kudos to Donald Trump on that, and I stand corrected.”
Beck was wrong about a lot of things. After Trump won the nomination, he predicted that America would not “elect another Republican president ever again.”
In August 2016, Beck said, “For the millionth time, I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. Never. She is cyanide to the republic. But I happen to believe Donald Trump may be worse.” That is Glenn Beck’s opinion, and I think he was wrong.
More importantly, if Beck wasn’t voting for Trump, I think he was indirectly voting for Hillary. Tomi Lahren, like many other conservatives, refused to give up despite the odds. When James Comey renewed the investigation, Beck predicted that Trump would win by 5 points. He was wrong again.
Now that Trump is president, Lahren’s star is rising in the conservative world while Beck’s influence will only decline. Since the inauguration, Tomi Lahren has been appearing on Fox News programs. After she appeared on Hannity’s show on February 7, Donald Trump called her to thank her.
When Lahren’s contract with the Blaze expires this year, she will have options to go elsewhere. I think it is clear that a confrontation of this sort would have happened no matter what Tomi Lahren said publicly.
In October 2016, Lahren had 3.2 million fans and her video averaged 5 million views on Facebook. Her videos get more views on Facebook than Donald Trump. Her biggest video against NFL player Colin Kaepernick for not standing during the National Anthem got over 66 million views.
While jealousy is likely part of this fight, the truth is that the 2016 Republican primary bitterly divided many conservatives. I hope that we can rise above these wounds and seize this historic opportunity.
I enjoy watching conservatives debate each other, but the country needs more than a debate. The Republican Party has been given a once in lifetime opportunity to get things done. Our country has serious problems and the Republicans will not be able to solve them if they spend most of their time fighting each other.