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Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren to speak at ECU

Posted March 23

— Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren, who hosts a show on Glenn Beck's The Blaze, is scheduled to speak at East Carolina University in April despite disagreement from some community members.

ECU's chapter of Turning Points USA, a conservative activist network, is scheduled to host Lahren on April 17, according to the group's Facebook page. The decision to bring Lahren to campus apparently drew criticism because of her views.

"We understand that many community members disagree with the views of our speaker, Tomi Lahren, and are taking into consideration each dissenting opinion," the group wrote in a statement after the announcement that Lahren would speak on campus.

"Our chapter of Turning Points USA has a variety of personalities, backgrounds, and opinions. For this reason, we have chosen to invite her to campus, as we believe in the concepts of free speech, tolerance, and diversity of thought," the statement read.

Lahren was absent from her show "Tomi" days after declaring her support for abortion rights during an appearance on ABC's "The View" last week.

The 24-year-old explained that she was for abortion rights because as a proponent of limited government, it would be hypocritical of her to say she thinks the government "should decide what women do with their bodies."

The comments drew criticism from colleagues, including Beck. Beck took issue with Lahren's argument on his radio show Monday, suggesting it lacked "intellectual honesty."

Lahren didn't host her show on The Blaze on Monday night. She alluded to her absence on Twitter, writing: "So I've got some 'me' time tonight. Anything good on TV?"

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  • John Jones Mar 23, 2017
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    ALBERT FURTER

    ALBERT FURTER said----Tomi Lahren, a political commentator? Are you serious? She is a current internet sensation due to her loud mouth and long blond hair. Of course, she draws a crowd, probably a mostly male one. But please, why doesn't ECU invite someone who can provide some substance to a political discussion?

    Maybe they can get the Obama's to speak out against "white privilege" and how the USA isn't a christian nation anymore or how Islam is a peaceful religion. LOL

  • Travis Perry Mar 23, 2017
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    She only rubs people the wrong way who can't handle the truth.

  • John Archer Mar 23, 2017
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    Using the term "liberal loons" doesn't exactly convey the same respect you expect the left to give to conservatives. People seem to think "respect" is a god-given right, and if not shown, means they must be in the wrong. In actuality, respect is really defined individually, and should never be used as a weapon to silence dissenting speech. Free speech is still with us, and the freedom to disagree as well.

  • Howard Roark Mar 23, 2017
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    I've listened to her plenty of times. She makes some great points from time to time. However, I feel like she misses the point on a lot of subjects. She is effective at conveying the angry conservative message (particularly on her show). There is no questioning that.

    However, she fundamentally misunderstands the position of liberals on many issues. It severely weakens her argument. She doesn't understand why they want the things they do. Couple that with her patronizing diatribe, and yes, she rubs many the wrong way. I'm not even liberal and I can see why.

  • Travis Perry Mar 23, 2017
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    Why don't you listen to her and you will notice she is very smart. I guess you prefer the likes of the women on the view?

  • Tom Baker Mar 23, 2017
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    Tomi Lahren, a political commentator? Are you serious? She is a current internet sensation due to her loud mouth and long blond hair. Of course, she draws a crowd, probably a mostly male one. But please, why doesn't ECU invite someone who can provide some substance to a political discussion?

  • John Jones Mar 23, 2017
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    Why does the media make it sound like anytime a conservative spokesperson is scheduled to speak there's has to be some controversy? I don't recall the Clinton's , Obama, Sharpton, Rev. Barber getting the same negative treatment when they speak. I guess they are trying to endocrine the populous into thinking a conservatives view is evil, bad or something.

    Just because a few liberal loons disagree with logic different than theirs doesn't mean its a controversy. Just like Berkeley, all the anti-Trump protest, even during the campaign, politicians refusing to stand, attend or be involved. It says a lot for their lack of respect to anyone who sees things differently than they do. Disgusting to say the least.

  • Howard Roark Mar 23, 2017
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    As much as I think she's misguided and overrated, glad to see such a divisive figure welcomed on a college campus.