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US TV host Tomi Lahren 'suspended over pro-choice comments'

Tomi Lahren sitting on a couch in front of a screen for 'theblaze' Image copyright @tomilahren instagram
Image caption The political commentator has received a backlash from fellow Republicans and conservative commentators

US conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren has reportedly been suspended from her talk show after saying she holds pro-choice views on abortion.

The 24-year-old pundit hosts Tomi on the conservative US network TheBlaze.

She rose to prominence during the 2016 US election for her provocative and energetic online political monologues.

Ms Lahren has faced a huge online backlash since speaking on ABC's The View last week.

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Ms Lahren said: "I'm someone that is for limited government, so I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies.

"Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well."

Anti-abortion views are seen as fundamental to the US Republican Party platform and conservative political views in the US.

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Image caption Ms Lahren has defended her comments on Twitter

Ms Lahren has since defended her comments on Twitter, saying: "I speak my truth. If you don't like it, tough."

Reports suggest her show may now be cut altogether, amid rising tensions between Ms Lahren and other Blaze employees and hosts.

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The network's founder, Glenn Beck, has spoken out against Ms Lahren, and another reporter, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, tweeted: "Even Hillary Clinton didn't call pro-life conservatives hypocrites."

Mr Beck also criticised Ms Lahren's declaration that she had libertarian - as well as conservative - views, which he said did not tally with those of President Trump.

The conservative network describes itself as "a platform for a new generation of authentic and unfiltered voices".

Ms Lahren has 4.3 million followers on her Facebook page.

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