RedState calls Clinton a “homely woman” who slept her way into power, ending their nonexistent feminist moment

Donald Trump and his supporters have spent the better part of the past week attacking Fox anchor Megyn Kelly for daring to ask Donald Trump about some of the objectively awful things he’s said to and about women over the years. In response to Trump’s claim that the only reason Kelly would ask such offensive questions is that she “had blood coming out of her…wherever,” RedState editor Erick Erickson disinvited Donald Trump from an event in Atlanta, saying that he wouldn’t stand for that kind of sexism.

Except, of course, he totally has and totally is standing for that kind of sexism.

Earlier today, RedState contributor streiff led off a post on the site’s front page with the following:

If Hillary Clinton possesses any unique selling propostion (sic) beyond proving even a homely woman can sleep her way into power, it is her tenure as Barack Obama’s secretary of state. That seems to be a slender enough reed when polls show the electorate could give a flying rat’s patootie about experience and favor a change agent above all.

At least they had the puritanical sensibility to say “patootie” while being a sexist jackass.

Erick Erickson (photo by Gage Skidmore)

Erick Erickson (photo by Gage Skidmore)

There have been some odd burblings on the left following Trump’s comments suggesting that he may be so offensive that he’s led conservatives to have a feminist moment. That’s wishful at best. The Right’s newfound care for women extends only as far as it can be used to attack Donald Trump — starting with Megyn Kelly’s initial line of questioning at the GOP debate.

Megyn Kelly didn’t ask Donald Trump pointed questions in defense of women; she asked Donald Trump pointed questions to attack Donald Trump. The entire Fox debate was designed for that purpose, and Kelly’s line of questioning was only part of that angle. She didn’t consider asking any of the other candidates about their extreme positions on paid family leave, pay equity, access to contraception and so on. To the extent the candidates were pressed on abortion, it was only to allow them to double down on no-exception bans while condemning the (doctored) Planned Parenthood videos.

Erickson, for his part, is not the person to talk about sexism. Here’s a collection of his sexist tweets rivaling and in some cases surpassing Trump’s level of misogyny, collected by Vox’s Max Fisher:

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And that doesn’t even take into account the things he’s said and published. When called out on this obvious hypocrisy, Erickson explained that the difference between him and Trump is that he isn’t running for president, and that he apologized. These are both true and totally irrelevant facts about Erickson’s sexism — along with the sexism embedded within the conservative movement that he plays a part in leading.

So it should come as no surprise that criticism of Donald Trump on nominally feminist grounds within the conservative movement has been hermetically sealed in a tin can of Donald Trump criticism — criticism that is likely to abate after Trump Art of the Deal’d Fox News into agreeing to give him more favorable coverage. This week’s conservative feminist moment isn’t over because it never began in the first place.

And we’ll have to wait and see if Erickson gives “a rat’s patootie” about how his writers are making him look.

(h/t Media Matters)

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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18 Responses to “RedState calls Clinton a “homely woman” who slept her way into power, ending their nonexistent feminist moment”

  1. Kathy Levittown says:

    Erick is a man who claims to be a Christian..he asked for prayers for ME on twitter because I insulted him…lol….he is a fat misogynistic slob who couldn’t eat his way through a pig sty..because that’s his home..;-) FU Erickson….loser lol..

  2. Kathy Levittown says:

    Erickson couldn’t sleep his way to the next pig roast,,starring his fat ass…

  3. malli says:

    Eric is the pot calling the kettle black

  4. SkippyFlipjack says:

    It’s funny, I once came across an old Life magazine where Hillary was featured in a section of young folks to watch; she was still in college at the time, I believe, and was really politically active on campus. The idea that she “slept her way to power” is nonsense and is emblematic of how Republican views of women haven’t changed in 60 years.

  5. Indigo says:

    Joke du yesteryear:

    Bill and Hillary went out for a drive back in Little Rock a few months after the inauguration. They drove past the gas station where an old flame of Hillary’s was the manager. “Just think,” Bill said, “if you’d married him, you wouldn’t be the First Lady today.” “Nonsense!” Hillary retorted. “If I’d married him, you wouldn’t be President.”

    Drum roll, please.

  6. Don Chandler says:

    Eric needs a tummytuck, The Donald needs a tonguetuck.

  7. Indigo says:


  8. 2karmanot says:

    I would say, limp and damp.

  9. 2karmanot says:

    Actually, I would amend that to: ‘Jumped the Catfish.’

  10. 2karmanot says:

    Oh, honey, did the ham head actually say that?

  11. Indigo says:

    I can’t get past this. Hillary isn’t ugly, she looks pretty in the same way every woman of her socio-economic status does, better in fact because if she’s “had work done,” it’s pretty well done. As for Eric Erickson, he’s pug-ugly and every bit as surly as The Donald.

  12. Indigo says:

    When was a right-winger ever cool?

  13. FLL says:

    “Cool” enough among right-wingers to say out loud as opposed to embarrassing enough to keep under your hat. That’s what I meant by “cool.”

  14. Indigo says:

    The energies you describe are themes of those time frames, yes, but I doubt they were cool in any sense the cool kids use, they were themes of the conformist and mindless, not to say bigoted or fearful that their ignorance and incompetence be shown up. As for being Mexican, no but I speak the language as if and occasionally “pass.” I’ve been known to embarrass some Anglo friends in certain situations for doing that.

  15. FLL says:

    Yes. They are anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican. I’ll wait for a more appropriate thread to discuss this in full, but briefly, the Republican rump party is now attacking what it views as the demographic that it sees as Public Enemy #1, or the most popular hate target. In U.S. history, that has been:

    (1) from 1776 to 1830 (the Indian Removal Act): American Indians

    (2) from 1830 to 1877 (end of Reconstruction): Irish in particular and Catholic immigrants in general

    (3) from 1877 to 1968 (Civil Rights Act followed by MLK riots): African-Americans

    (4) from 1968 to 2010 (end of DADT): gay men and possibly bisexual men (bisexual men possibly having been victims of the “one-drop” rule)

    (5) from 2010 (birth of the Tea Party) to present: Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Hispanic immigrants in general

    Obviously, The Donald has tapped into something very powerful, which is hatred toward today’s most hated demographic. Hence, Trump now defies the laws of political gravity and emerges bullet-proof. Like anti-black Hollywood cartoons of the 1940s, Trump has described Mexican immigrants as murderous drug-cartel criminals who will rape your daughter, if given the chance. Hey, Indigo, you’re not Mexican, so, by definition, you’re off the hook. Isn’t that jolly?

  16. If Hillary – all while sleeping – can become First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, I can’t wait to she what she accomplishes as a wide-awake President!

  17. Houndentenor says:

    Slept her way to the top? Yeah, because that’s how “homely” women get ahead. It could be that she was on the fast track (She and Bill Weld were the young lawyers tapped to do all the research for their respective parties for the Watergate hearings.) when she married Bill Clinton. He has always credited her with helping him get ahead and many around her at the time thought she was making a big mistake moving to Arkansas. She was my Senator and aside from her vote for the Iraq War, I felt she represented our state well in the Senate and obviously enough of us thought the same way as she was easily re-elected 6 years later. I argue with the Clintonbots a lot so it’s not like I’m a Hillary fanboy, but this kind of attack on her is just ridiculous.

  18. Indigo says:

    Well, he jumped the shark. Are there any Republicans left?

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