I was busy last night, so maybe this broke before I went to bed and I just didn’t notice it, but this morning, I awoke to the news in the local paper that Erick Erickson has disinvited Donald Trump from this weekend’s “RedState Gathering” (another of the early POTUS ’16 events) in Atlanta.
The proximate cause of Erickson’s banning of Trump was Trump’s Friday night phone interview with CNN, in which he blamed FOX anchor Megyn Kelly’s questioning at the GOP debate of Trump’s past comments about women on her menstruating:
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon on Friday night. “Blood coming out of her wherever.”
I’ll let Erickson explain his decision in his own words:
I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency.
He is not a professional politician and is known for being a blunt talker. He connects with so much of the anger in the Republican base and is not afraid to be outspoken on a lot of issues. But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross.
Decency is one of those lines.
Cripes. Of course decency is one of those lines, Erick. But this is today’s GOP. And you would be the same Erick Erickson who just a couple of weeks ago compared pregnant women to “female animals” (and not in a matter-of-fact, “we’re all animals” way). The same guy who, in 2013, called Wendy Davis “abortion Barbie” and opined that liberals who believe men shouldn’t dominate women are “anti-science,” It’s also the same Erick Erickson who infamously, in 2009, tweeted that retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter was a “goat-fucking child molester” (twice!).
In short: Erickson ain’t offended; he’s angling for a show on FOX (though he does seem to be surprised by what his fellow TeaPublicans are willing to say to people on the internet):
No! You don’t say. I’m already starting to enjoy this GOP primary season.