"It's fun, it's kidding, we have a good time," Donald Trump said to moderator Megyn Kelly at the Fox-sponsored primetime Republican debate last week when she challenged him on his record of saying incredibly misogynistic things about women.
As he dismissively talked over her and complained about political correctness, his contempt for her was obvious, but it really escalated in his post-debate commentary. That's when he claimed that she had "...blood coming out of her whatever," suggesting that she was menstruating, and apparently too weak and/or uptight to handle moderating a robust debate — a time-tested, proved argument for denigrating women.
Menstruation appears to be both mysterious and terrifying to a large segment of society, and people have been using it for centuries to suggest that those who menstruate are incapable of functioning in society. The poor baby is in fact so traumatized that he thinks Kelly should apologize to him for being mean in front of the whole country.
As a result of his comments, noted conservative, former CNN commentator, and current Fox News contributor Erick Erickson chose to disinvite Trump from the Red State gathering, the hot Republican ticket for candidates to hobnob with each other and the public. In his announcement discussing the situation, he cited "common decency" in his decision to exclude Trump from the event — and informed readers that Megyn Kelly would be invited in Trump's stead.
His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal. It just was wrong.
Ah, what a bold strike for feminism! Erick Erickson says that he "likes" Trump, even he admits that the candidate has a somewhat "blunt" style, but this is simply a bridge too far. The crowd went wild, and the Internet gushed with praise for the decision to remove him from a major Republican event.
While the gathering wasn't GOP-sponsored, RedState.com obviously plays an important role in electoral politics. It includes commentary from a wide range of contributors talking about an assortment of issues, and its events matter. The decision to exclude a front-running GOP candidate is a big deal, and perhaps an indicator that Trump's favor might be starting to wane because of his extremist commentary and attitudes.
But before we all rush to talk about how great Erickson is for making decisive statements in defense of the ladies, let's...take a look at a few things.
Since I suspect this Tweet is going to mysteriously vanish, here's a screencap:
In a piece entitled: "Is Obama Shagging Hookers Behind the First Lady's Back?" he answered his own headline with: "I assume that Obama’s marxist harpy wife would go Lorena Bobbit on him should he even think about it, but I ask the question to make one simple point: Barack Obama, like Elliott Spitzer, is a creation of the liberal media and, as a result, could be a serial killing transvestite and the media would turn a blind eye."
Here's another good one for you: "At what point do people march down to their state legislator’s house, pull them aside and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?"
Vox has a roundup of some of his anti-feminist all star Tweets, including screencapping in case they go the way of the dodo. Some really A+ examples: "Good thing I didn't suggest the feminists . . . you know . . . shave. They'd be at my house trying a post-birth abortion on me." "How awesome is Fox for letting Trump come on and bash Rosie!! Awesome." "After all those years of feminists saying we need girls to run foreign policy to make the world safer, we get Obama and now look at us." "All these angry feminists in my timeline today. I thought Sam Alito ordered them all home to make sandwiches this morning."
Media Matters has also helpfully gathered reams of his really outstanding commentary on women and minorities, including calling a woman politician "abortion Barbie," calling transgender servicemembers "mentally ill" in July, and so much more. Even his own fellow Fox contributors have called him out for sexism. Let me repeat that: Even people at Fox think he's sexist. Including... Megyn Kelly.
FYI, this whole being called on the carpet by other contribs at Fox isn't water under the bridge.
This is mostly old news, you say. Give the guy a break. Well, some of his recent columns for Fox include: An anti-Planned Parenthood screed, a defense of the Confederate flag, and a sexist attack on Hillary Clinton. You know what? Erick Erickson is a racist, misogynistic, transphobic pig, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
This is not someone we should be heralding as some kind of hero for choosing to spank Donald Trump for saying something sexist. Physician, heal thyself.