Election day 2016 is still fifteen months away and we have already reached the “silly season”, but then again any election cycle involving billionaire blowhard and reality television reject Donald Trump means a never ending dose of silliness.
Right now self described conservatives are slinging at each other the kind of mud that you would think they would reserve for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton and it is quite fascinating.
On Friday RedState.com founder and blogger Erick Erickson announced that he had rescinded an invitation to Trump that would have allowed the GOP Presidential candidate to speak at the website’s gathering this weekend. The reason for doing so Erickson sighted, was sexist and misogynistic comments Trump made about Fox News Host Megyn Kelley, who also happened to be one of the three moderators of the first Republican debate on Thursday night.
“His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him,” Erickson wrote. “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.”
Trump as is his wont responded to the disinvite by telling The Washington Post that Erickson is a “total loser” and that this whole episode is another example of America being afflicted with the sickness of “political correctness.”
Donald Trump has very few if any likable qualities about him but give him this–at least on this matter—he is not running away from his dislike of the female species, unlike the conservative commentator whose telling him “you can’t come to my party.”
On Saturday morning my Twitter feed was full of Erickson tweets that had been retweeted. All of these sexist and misogynistic comments would have been enough to earn good ol’ Eric a hearty slap on the back from the Donald himself. The other bit of irony coming from this particular story is that in Trump’s place Erickson invited the aforementioned Kelly which is strange considering that back in 2013 the pair got into a spat on live TV over Erickson’s comments about women bringing harm to their children by being the primary breadwinners in their household.
Calling Erickson a disingenuous windbag would be an insult to disingenuous windbags everywhere. He didn’t speak up in Kelly’s defense because he felt like she and women everywhere need defending, He spoke up because he and every other Republican voter knows that Donald Trump is bad for GOP business. Erickson isn’t angry over Trump’s treatment of Kelly and his blatant disrespect for women like her he is upset because Trump refused to shoot down the idea that he would run as a third party candidate should voters not make him the nominee next year.
Republicans want to win The White House every four years no matter who their Democratic opponent is. Now take into account that in 2016 they could possible lose to a woman that they absolutely despise on the heels of losing twice to a guy that they’ve called everything but n****r. And there is the fact that the women they despise is married to a former President who they called a murderer (White Water) and had impeached from the job.
Yes, Donald Trump brings a smile to a lot of faces on the right when he talks about immigration and trade but his chances of beating Hillary Clinton and winning the Presidency are slim and that’s being generous. Thus the dishonest side show being conducted by Erick Erickson.
Ladies and gentleman this, unfortunately is American democracy at work.
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