Conservative pundit Erick Erickson has had enough of the faux fawning by fearful Republicans over Donald Trump’s seemingly endless attempts to further embarrass himself and his loss in the 2020 presidential election.
The latest development to irritate Mr. Erickson is the laughable lawsuit Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas, has filed which asks the Supreme Court to interfere in the handling of elections in four other states – states Trump lost.
The state of Texas filed an audacious lawsuit in the Supreme Court on Tuesday against four other states, asking the justices to extend the Dec. 14 deadline for certification of presidential electors.
The suit, filed by the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, said Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had engaged in election irregularities that require investigation, and it asked the court to “enjoin the use of unlawful election results without review and ratification by the defendant states’ legislatures.”
Of course, Texas has no standing to insist on how those four states determine their own elections. You might have heard of “state’s rights?”
Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, is under a federal investigation and would love a presidential pardon. His lawsuit is just more performative leg humping by someone desperate to curry favor with President Trump.
The various attorneys general who have joined his lawsuit all want to either get re-elected or seek higher office. Joining the lawsuit gives them some measure of ring kissing or protection from any rabid Trump supporters who wanted a “just fight” moment.
I personally think my company should pay me workers compensation for brain damage for having to read that lawsuit and related filings. It really is one of the stupidest bits of performative leg humping we have seen in the last five years. These attorneys general are willing to beclown themselves and their states all to get in good with the losing presidential candidate.
Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois on one of “those” trips
Erick Erickson of Red State demands a resignation after “totally not gay” GOP Congressman Aaron Schock as more stories come to light about seemingly inappropriate spending habits.
I will not belabor the point.
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Rep. Aaron Schock has proven himself incapable of handling his own money, the money of his donors, and taxpayer money. He has lived excessively off the backs of taxpayers who must be reimbursed and off of donors to whom he is now a servant.
His excuses are now met with revised excuses, further apologies, and corrections to corrected records of expenditures and campaign finance reports. He has lived a life as a celebrity in a city that more and more craves celebrity over competence in office.
His lack of responsibility with the funds of others shows him to lack the necessary integrity to handle the power of the purse in the House of Representatives, which remains the chief power of the House.
He should resign. Perhaps Downton Abbey needs someone else to fill the role of an American playboy chasing a Crawley. He can go spend time on the real set instead of trying to dress up his office at our expense or that of his donors.
Erickson also embeds in his post a link that shows Schock’s “Heritage Actions Scorecard” at 45%, while the House Republican average is 61%.
On January 6, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed dismantled conservatives’ claims that Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired over a book that he wrote which contains anti-gay remarks, explaining that Cochran’s lack of judgment in distributing the book to his employees, and not following instructions regarding his month-long suspension over publishing the book without notice to the city, is what led to his termination.
On January 7, hours after a horrific terrorist attack against staffers of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 people dead, Erickson wrote a blog post that likened the LGBT community to terrorists for objecting to the former Atlanta fire chief’s book, and stated that “the terrorists won.”
A publisher published something that offended. It mocked, it offended, and it showed the fallacy of a religion. It angered.
So the terrorists decided they needed to publicly destroy and ruin the publisher in a way that would not only make that destruction a public spectacle, but do it so spectacularly that others would think twice before publishing or saying anything similar.
The terrorist wants to sow fear. The destruction of an individual is not just meant to be a tool of vengeance, but a tool of instruction. It shows others what will happen to them if they dare do the same. It is generates self-regulating peer pressure. Others, fearing the fall out, will being to self-police and self-regulate. They will silence others on behalf of the terrorists. Out of fear, they will drive the ideas from the public square and society will make them off limits.
So when a publisher published something that mocked and offended a group prone to offense at such things, something had to happen.
The terrorists did what had to be done to publicly destroy and ruin the offender.
So they demanded the Mayor of Atlanta fire the Chief of the Fire Department for daring to write that his first duty was to “glory God” and that any sex outside of heterosexual marriage was a sin.
And the terrorists won in Atlanta.
UPDATE: Erickson read his “op-ed” on his radio show today. You can him read the piece at the 3:00 mark below. He prefaces the reading saying he knows he’ll offend people. At least he got that part right.
Erick Erickson, who is filling in for the vacationing Rush Limbaugh, had this to say about the recent decision by a Colorado judge to a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding:
“A Christian baker in Colorado refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. A judge is now ordering him to do so or face financial penalties.
There will be no accommodation between gay rights activists and those seeking religious freedom to opt out of the gay rights movement. Gay rights activists demand tolerance for their lifestyle, but will not tolerate those who choose to adhere to their religious beliefs.
Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominate and then it seeks to silence good.
We are more and more rapidly arriving at a point in this country where Christians are being forced from the public square unless they abandon the tenets of their faith.
In our secular society, Christianity is something you do on a Sunday and who you sleep with defines you.”
Because gays should tolerate being told “no, I will not serve you because of who you are.”
While I’m not normally a fan of much that happens involving Megyn Kelly at FOX News, this is a great moment for her and a rough and tough rumble for Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs.
Earlier this week Erickson made news while discussing a recent Pew Research Report on Lou Dobbs show. The survey showed that 40% of households with children under 18 have women who are the primary or sole “breadwinners” in the home. Erickson responsed by saying that ‘science’ says that men should dominate women.
In a follow-up blog post, Erickson bungled again by posting that “feminists and emo lefties have their panties in a wad.” I should point out here that it’s never a good idea to EVER begin addressing women by including a comment about their “panties.”
So Erickson and Dobbs (who seemed to agree with Erickson during the initial discussion) joined Kelly today where she ripped into both about their positions.
“What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist in chief?” said Kelly to Erick Erickson.
At one point she hands out these facts: “In this country in the ’50s and ’60s there were huge numbers of people that believed that the children of interracial marriages were biologically inferior and that is why it was illegal for blacks and whites to marry in some states in the country up until 1967. And they said it was science and fact if you were the child of a black father and white mother or vice versa you were inferior and not set up for success. Tell that to Barack Obama.”
When it came his chance to speak, Dobbs addressed Megyn as “oh, dominant one” with a mocking tone.
What upset people about Erickson’s comments had less to do with single mothers and the decline of marriage rates than about gender roles. It was his notion that women should always stay at home and tend to the kids and that men should always be the breadwinners and dominate women — because that’s only ‘natural.’ Erickson later doubled-down with this tweet:
p.s. I think Erickson meant “complementary” not “complimentary”…
Erickson has a history of public comments demeaning women. Last year, Erickson referred to an all-female line up
of speakers at the Democratic National Convention as “The Vagina
Watch the clip above as Kelly rightfully points out that numerous studies show working mothers, single working mothers and gay/lesbian couples provide just as good a home and nurturing for children as heterosexual couples.