Glenn Beck sued by ‘fearless’ Tomi Lahren over firing for pro-choice posture

Suit filed against The Blaze, whose founder told the Guardian he supported commentator for saying what she believes regardless of the consequences

The conservative Tv commentator Tomi Lahren has filed suit against and his online platform, The Blaze, alleging wrongful termination.

Lahren was ousted from her prove on The Blaze after she said she was in favor of abortion rights while appearing on ABCs The View on 17 March.

As recently as September, Beck told the Guardian Lahren speaks her intellect and is fearless.

At this phase in history people are looking for people that say what they believe, regardless of the consequences, he added.

In her appearance on ABC, Lahren said she supported abortion rights as someone that loves the constitution. Im someone thats for limited government. So I cant sit here and be a phony and say Im for limited government but I think the government should choose what women do with their bodies.

I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, You know what, Im for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.

In the 27 -page lawsuit filed on Friday in Dallas, Lahrens attorney said nothing in his clients employment contract proscribed her comments.

After her remarks on ABC, The Blaze took Lahren off camera but offered to pay her contract if she remained silent on .

Since then, attorney Brian Lauten said in the suit, Beck and others at The Blaze have embarked on a public smear campaign and interfered with Lahrens business relationships.

The lawsuit asks a magistrate to rescind Lahrens employment contract and declare that she may speak her mind freely.

Lahren, 24, is a former student journalist at the University of Nevada Las Vegas who rose to prominence on the One America News Network, a conservative outlet, with criticism of Barack Obamas response to a shooting at a military recruitment centre in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July 2015.

At The Blaze, she attained notoriety with is supportive of during the presidential campaign, with controversial criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and with criticism of protests staged before NFL games in support of that motion by the San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Her appearance and strident rightwing positions led some foes to label her White Power Barbie.

In an interview with the Guardian in September, Lahren discussed her determination to express her opinions regardless of party orthodoxy.

I fully acknowledge that I am not a journalist, she said. I clearly have a point of view, I am very passionate about my point of view. I am a commentator.

She added: I do not bullshit, I am genuine and authentic. I dont say these things to go viral or to be controversial, but I say things that a lot of people wish they could say but are fearful of saying.

Trevor Noah interviews Tomi Lahren on The Daily Show.

On Friday, she used Twitter to indicate her determination to pursue the suit against The Blaze, writing: Lay down and play dead really isnt my style. #FinalThoughts.

Representatives for The Blaze did not immediately respond to questions.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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