- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren told Playboy in an exclusive interview Tuesday that conservatives are doing the left’s work for them by silencing strong female voices like herself.

Ms. Lahren, who settled her wrongful termination lawsuit against Glenn Beck and his media firm The Blaze on Monday, told the magazine that she can do without the pro-life conservatives who abandoned her following her pro-choice comments on ABC’s “The View.”

“I mean, for those are willing to discount me or throw me out as such a strong female voice on the right, or discount me because I don’t link up on every item on your check list? I don’t really need you,” the 24-year-old said. “You can disagree with me, but if you now hate me or turn your back on me because I have this position, I don’t need you.”

Ms. Lahren said she feels a responsibility to be a champion for free speech and independent thinking, regardless of the consequences.

“We can’t silence, diminish, and shame a strong female voice because she takes an opinion that maybe we don’t like — even if she stands for conservative values in every other way but this one issue,” she said. “I think the left looks at us and thinks, ‘Oh, good, you’re doing our work for us by taking down strong women on the right.’ “

Ms. Lahren filed a lawsuit against Mr. Beck and The Blaze last month for wrongful termination after she was suspended indefinitely and allegedly locked out of her Facebook page following her appearance on “The View,” in which she suggested it was hypocritical to be a small-government conservative while also opposing abortion.

Mr. Beck responded with a countersuit, saying Ms. Lahren still remained employed and on the payroll at The Blaze and that she breached her employment agreement by speaking to the press. His lawsuit also accused Ms. Lahren of being a constant headache at The Blaze for “complaining about everything” and being rude to staff. Both parties settled out of court Monday.

In her interview with Playboy, Ms. Lahren questioned the motive of Mr. Beck and The Blaze for making those accusations about her behavior.

“One thing my parents never raised me to be was a diva,” she said. “I’m pretty low-maintenance. I’m the hardest worker you’ll ever meet. Anything to the contrary, I would look at the source and ask what their motivation is for saying this. Are they doing it because they really think that, or are we in a lawsuit and they’re trying to smear me?”

Ms. Lahren also clarified her stance on abortion.

“I’m anti-abortion. But I’m pro-choice because I don’t believe the government does most things well, in the same way that I don’t believe a gun-free zone or a weapons ban is going to limit violence,” she said. “I also don’t believe government-restricted abortion is going to lessen abortion. It’s going to make it less safe and more dangerous for the mother and the baby, which is why I take the position that I’m pro-choice. But personally, I’m anti-abortion.”

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