As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, listening blissfully to Slate’s Political Gabfest and their thoughts on the recent Republican Primary debate I came across a story about Donald Trump. This is not abnormal lately. Donald Trump is everywhere. Whether he’s retweeting men who think “bimbo” is a clever burn, complaining that Megyn Kelly was mean to him because she was on her period, or yet still because one of his functionaries retweeted someone who suggested gutting Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump has been all over my social media and I don’t really love it.
This morning however, the AP article that I came across via Huffington Post was titled “Trump Disinvited From Conservative Forum Over Megyn Kelly Comments“. “Awesome!” I thought to myself. It’s so great that someone in the conservative movement has found their line in terms of commentary about women. Oh but wait, then I read it. Here’s the innocuous, even pleasant quote that lures you in…
“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.”
Here’s the thing, the person that said that is Erick Erickson of RedState. Just to give you an example of some of the things that Erick Erickson has said about women in the past:
- He has compared women who get abortions to “pregnant female animals“.
- He thinks that “when you look at biology” you see that it’s perfectly natural for men to dominate women.
- He crowned Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie“
So when Erick Erickson disinvintes Donald Trump from his forum for implying that Megyn Kelly was on her period, you’ll excuse me for calling complete and total bullshit.
Erick Erickson needed a really convenient reason to exclude Trump because – and as much as I hate to agree with Donald Trump on this – the Fox News crowd clearly doesn’t want Donald Trump to be a part of the GOP candidate pool. I believe that people can change, even if only incrementally, but Erick Erickson hasn’t suddenly seen the light. This is some combination of liking Megyn Kelly and disliking Donald Trump. This has nothing to do with getting the vapors over Donald Trump suggesting Megyn Kelly was at the mercy of her hormones during the debate, though frankly it’s just like Erick Erickson to think women are so stupid that we wouldn’t notice.
So by all means, Erick, exclude Donald Trump, but have the fortitude to lose your flimsy excuses. No intelligent human being thinks you actually care in any way about Trump’s rampant misogyny.