- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2017

The Blaze founder Glenn Beck revealed during an interview Sunday that he wanted to fire conservative commentator Tomi Lahren the moment he met her.

Mr. Beck told radio talk show host John Ziegler on Free Speech Broadcasting that until recently, his hands were tied when it came to the hiring and firing decisions at The Blaze.

“Up until, what, two months ago I had nothing to do with The Blaze,” he said. “I neither hired nor fired. I would give my opinion and advice, but I self-sequestered myself in a stupid idea of that way they can have their own credibility and their own problems, and I don’t affect them and they don’t affect me.”

“So I would’ve fired her the day I met her in the hallway,” Mr. Beck said. “And that’s no kidding. And would’ve fired her from the beginning, wanted to fire her all along, advised them to fire her. They never did.”

Ms. Lahren, who now works for the pro-Trump advocacy group Great America Alliance, had sued Mr. Beck and The Blaze for wrongful termination after she was suspended indefinitely following her controversial appearance on “The View,” in which she suggested it was hypocritical to be a small-government conservative who opposes abortion. Mr. Beck had countersued, but they reached a settlement in May allowing her to seek employment elsewhere.

Ms. Lahren suggested in past interviews that she was fired for being pro-choice, but Mr. Beck said Sunday that isn’t the case.

“I can’t speak for the company and why they did it, but it had nothing to do with being pro-choice,” he said.

“What I have a problem with is somebody who will change their point of view or that will say absolutely crazy, red meat things, and not have any intellectual firepower to back it up,” he said. “Have the intellectual integrity to be able to back things up.”

Ms. Lahren didn’t respond to Mr. Beck’s comments directly, tweeting Sunday, “The best revenge is having enough self-worth not to seek it. #goodvibesonly.”

“‘Don’t let what others think or say get in your way; their actions reflect on them, not you,’” she wrote.

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