She was one of Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, but now Tomi Lahren is claiming she’s actually pro-choice, saying, “stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Appearing on The View on Friday, the 24-year-old conservative explained in further detail, “I am… 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.”
The social commentator continued, “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.'”
Lahren’s pro-choice support is a rare stance held by conservatives, and is at odds with her coverage of Trump, who at one point on the campaign trail said women who had abortions should be “punished”.
It’s also rumoured that Trump called Lahren during the election to thank her for her “fair coverage” of him when appearing on Fox News’ prime-time Hannity show.
When asked by the panel why it is she thinks she resonates with so many people, Lahren explained, "I think in a large part I represent middle America. So you've got the two coasts and those individuals seem to kind of just talk to each other, and then you've got all of middle America right there that's dying to have a voice. They don't really feel like they have one, they're not represented beyond their communities, so I think they watch me and they say, 'she speaks like I do, she thinks like I do, she seems to maybe get it like I do,' and I think that's why it's resonated."
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Lahren, who has 4.3 million social media followers added, "And also I do something very different. There's not a whole lot of young conservative women out there, and so I provide that for a lot of young women."
Since sharing her pro-choice view, Lahren said she's been inundated with hate, and not just from conservative Republicans.
“I think it’s equal attacks from all sides for me,” she told The View.
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