In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Lahren said her new position is only a “side gig” as she continues to weigh job options for a full-time post. She says she will “definitely” return to television as a commentator, and it is important that her employer allow her to be independent and not censor her opinions, she said.
“You’re not getting a puppet and you’re not getting someone that sticks to talking points,” Lahren told the Dallas Morning News. “You’re getting an independent thinker.”
The 24-year-old provocateur was likely alluding to troubles with her former employer, the Blaze. Last month, Lahren sued the Blaze and its founder, conservative media personality Glenn Beck, alleging the company retaliated against her by wrongfully terminating her contract after she shared her opinions on abortion while appearing on “The View.”
During the segment in March, Lahren said she was “pro-choice,” and that it would be hypocritical of her to believe the government should decide what women should do with their bodies.
“You know what? I’m for limited government,” Lahren said. “So stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Lahren was fiercely criticized by antiabortion advocates, who said it was impossible for her to be both conservative and in favor of abortion rights. Some — including Beck — criticized her interpretation of the Constitution and called her out for seemingly contradicting previous remarks about abortion.
Lahren was subsequently told her employment was terminated, and her show pulled, but that the Blaze would continue to pay her. When Lahren sued for retaliation, Beck and the Blaze countersued, alleging her show was taken off the air because she had a long track record of insubordination.
Earlier this month, Lahren and the Blaze settled the dispute. The Blaze released Lahren from her employment contract and agreed to let her keep the Facebook page with 4.3 million-followers the Blaze created for her on the condition that she remove videos she made as an employee for the network.
The debacle drew criticism, support and undoubtedly even more publicity for the fiery young commentator, whose viral, fast-talking monologues made her a rising star in conservative media. It was no surprise that a pro-Trump organization decided to hire Lahren. She has been an avid supporter of President Trump, who was so taken by one of her appearances that he called her to thank her for her “fair coverage” of him.
“Political sore losers and ‘social justice warriors’ across the country are committed to sabotaging the President’s America First agenda every chance they get,” Great America Alliance said on its website. “If you are tired of the political tantrums and hypocrisy, stand with Tomi Lahren and Great America Alliance today to counter the largest group of whiners the country has ever seen.
“The Trump Train is speeding up!” it said in another Facebook post Monday.
Great America Alliance, chaired by former House speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, is part of an increasingly crowded space of pro-Trump advocacy groups. The group claims it was the largest pro-Trump super PAC, raising $30 million in support of Trump in 2016.
Early last month the group had already spent $3.5 million on ads promoting the Trump administration. The group’s supporters include billionaire investor Julian Robertson, Minnesota media mogul Stan Hubbard, Texas banker Hank Seale and Jewelry Exchange chief executive William Doddridge, The Post reported.
Lahren said in a news release she is “excited” to join the team and hopes to “add some new flavor and some youth to it.” She said she will continue to support Trump, but won’t shy away from pointing out the president’s failure to follow through on campaign promises.
“This isn’t about being a Trump cheerleader,” Lahren said. “This is about being an America first cheerleader.”
As for her next full-time position, Lahren said she has a “couple things on the table” and is deciding in which direction she wants to go.
“I enter into everything very carefully now because of my past experience,” Lahren said.