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Tomi Lahren Is a Hypocrite… And So Are We

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by Elias J. Atienza

Tomi Lahren is a hypocrite. When she appeared on the View, a lot of people were shocked to hear that she was pro-choice despite a host of tweets from last year show common pro-life rhetoric. But it’s not exactly news for she’s been saying she’s pro-choice since an interview with the New York Times in December 2016.

So while pro-lifers who used to be fans of Tomi start to gasp in anguish and must now find a new young conservative voice to latch onto until they do something or espouse something they don’t like, it’s time to realize one thing.

We’re all hypocrites. From the most leftist anti-fascist who causes hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage while calling conservative speakers fascist to the Donald Trump supporters who are willing to forgive every single thing he’s done, we’re all hypocrites. Libertarians, liberals, conservatives, communist, fascist, alt-right, socialists, all of us have done something we have condemned.

Lahren is one of the worst kinds of hypocrites; claiming to be one thing and then her actions say different.

She’ll hold Colin Kaepernick over the fire because he refused to kneel for the national anthem, but won’t mention his support for charity and starting an organization which teaches young people their constitutional rights. Or her attacks against the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi because the man protested the temporary ban on travel of Iranian citizens to the United States.

Let me be clear; I do often enjoy Tomi’s commentary because she is a rising star on the right. Some of what she says is good and others not so much. But as with any conservative media personality, she focuses her attacks way too much on the left and runs into the inevitable; having to defend every single thing Trump has done.

It’s a classic dilemma for people like Tomi Lahren. Defending every single thing Trump has done, from increasing drone strikes to upping tensions with countries like Iran and North Korea. Or the disaster currently unfolding on healthcare.They’ll use Obama’s actions in order to justify Trump’s. I already wrote extensively on this in a previous post, but here’s something I want to highlight.

“But that doesn’t mean conservatives should use Obama to justify Trump’s executive actions. By doing this, they continue the trend of scapegoating the previous administration to continue their support for the terrible actions of the current president.”

But in the end, we should all be clear. We are all hypocrites. I’m a hypocrite because I claim to be a libertarian but I like NASA and believe in a less libertarian foreign policy. Donald Trump is a hypocrite because he’s…well he’s Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, Gary Johnson, Rand Paul, Austin Petersen, Paul Ryan are all hypocrites. To which degree they are a hypocrite, that’s the important part.

So should we hold Tomi over the fire for her pro-choice stance? Yes. But that doesn’t mean we should just dismiss her or her commentary nor should we dismiss the arguments of our opponents. Listening is important in politics and I’m afraid that more and more of us are not doing this.

And yes. I’m a hypocrite as well.


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