Conservative commentator Erick Erickson on Friday night disinvited GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump from speaking at an activist conference he is hosting here this weekend, citing disparaging remarks Trump made hours earlier on CNN about Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Erickson said Trump had been scheduled to speak at his RedState gathering on Saturday at the College Football Hall of Fame, but he told Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, about an hour before midnight that Trump was no longer welcome.
Trump’s campaign said in a statement that Erickson’s decision was “another example of weakness through being politically correct. For all the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader. We’ll now be doing another campaign stop at another location.”
That is the same Erick Erickson responsible for saying such humane and compassionate things about women for years, right? Via The Guardian:
Things Erickson has suggested include the notion that "Obama’s marxist harpy wife would go Lorena Bobbitt on him" – Bobbitt was a Virginia woman who in 1993 cut off her husband’s penis – "should he even think about it". It, in this instance, was "shagging hookers behind the media’s back..."
Erickson has also suggested that there was nothing wrong with calling (state senator) Wendy Davis, who in 2013 mounted a 13-hour filibuster against a Texas abortion law, "Abortion Barbie..."
Also a reminder, how Erickson openly crowed on Twitter about the Hobby Lobby decision against workers' access to birth control:
It was a tough choice today. Celebrate Hobby Lobby by going to Chick-Fil-A or making my wife make me a sandwich. #CFAFTW - 2:41 PM - 30 Jun 2014
Erickson does not have the strongest track record when standing up for women's dignity. He only seems to do it when 1) it's a conservative woman doing a hit-job on a shared enemy, 2) there's no opportunity for him to insult liberals in the process. When it's a woman on the opposite political spectrum, Erickson gleefully pulls out the Patriarchal Hat of Snideness and lets fly with the insults.
There is only this difference between Trump and Erickson: when Trump insults a woman it's because he's cluelessly offended by the woman's very existence. When Erickson insults a woman it's for political gain and self-smug satisfaction.
Either way, both of them are perfect representatives of a Republican party that just finished their Thursday night national debate by pledging to push a ban on abortion with no exceptions, even if the woman's life is at risk. The entire Republican party has a problem respecting women, period.