Tomi Lahren has a voice that everyone, conservative or not, hears rather often. The platform Ms. Lahren holds has not been misused, as she has promoted her ideas on her show ‘Tomi’ at The Blaze and on her social media platforms, although many of these ideas are quite controversial.
Despite her hot takes and mistakes, Tomi Lahren is, or was, a shining star in the conservative movement, reaching people of all ages and demographics with her ‘Final Thoughts,’ until she admitted to being pro-choice.
While on The View,’ Lahren stated, “You know what? I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” implying a woman’s right to choice, or abortion. Now, Lahren is facing alienation from the same conservative community she was warmly welcomed into.
Can you be a pro-choice conservative?
This is a question with an answer that holds Ms. Lahren’s career on the line. The answer to it is yes, and no. Conservative values, in essence, protect life. Most conservatives are staunchly anti-abortion from a variety of standpoints, including religious, scientific, and moral. However, as Lahren is a self described ‘Constitutional Conservative,’ her defense of abortion could be a defense of Roe V. Wade as protected by the 14th amendment. Lahren’s argument isn’t inherently pro-abortion, but rather an understanding that it’s not in her rights to take away the right to choose that the government assured. Previously Lahren has vocalized pro-life sentiments, however the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You can be anti-abortion while still supporting the government given right of choice.
At the age of 24 and with a projected net worth of $500,000 dollars, Tomi Lahren is a household name. However, we need to see Tomi Lahren outside of her traditional conservative lens, and view Lahren as a feminist. As we define feminism as the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes, perhaps Lahren can be seen as a feminist.
However, her feminism is incredibly complicated, as it’s not what usually see from conservative feminists and is still far from the mainstream feminism that we see from Lena Dunham and company.
The feminism of Tomi Lahren is one that benefits what she believes in, and that alone. However, this is not exclusive to Lahren. In fact, it’s rather common. Mainstream feminism excludes conservative women, conservative feminism has separate agenda of its own. Although you may not like it, Tomi Lahren is a (complicated) feminist and Tomi Lahren is here to stay.