Greta Van Susteren calls out Erick Erickson for being a sexist "jerk"

The Fox News host takes to her blog to blast her colleague's "creepy" and "obnoxious" commentary


Elias Isquith
January 28, 2014 3:26AM (UTC)

Greta Van Susteren and Erick Erickson may work for the same network, but that doesn't mean they're friends.

In a post on her blog on Monday, the Fox News host castigated the editor in chief of Red State (and Fox News contributor) for his sexist and demeaning comments about Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

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Van Susteren's post — "What is wrong with this guy? He is such a jerk! He is a repeat offender!" — wastes no time in taking Erickson to task for his previous verbal transgressions.

After stating upfront that she is not intending to defend Davis, Van Susteren argues that a reasonable and intelligent debate, even when heated, can be valuable. She contrasts this manner of conversation with that practiced by "the creeps who take cheap shots because they are too ignorant and small to engage in an important discussion."

She continues:

The best they can do is make themselves look really bad.  No one should pay any attention to them – they are not persuasive, they are noise, and in some instances boorish and obnoxious. I suspect this guy feels that he makes himself relevant or even important if he says or tweets like this. I just roll my eyes and wonder what is going on in his head!

I don’t care how much you disagree or agree with Texas’ Wendy Davis, you have to agree that this guy, Erick Erickson, is a real jerk and is really lousy at being a spokesperson for his views.

Van Susteren next goes on to highlight a few choice Erickson tweets — like his infamous sneer that Davis was "abortion Barbie" — and express her disgust with the general thrust and tone of Erickson's engagements with women.

"Calling her an 'Abortion Barbie?' Really? Does he think that makes him look smarter? It makes me think he is a jerk," Van Susteren writes.

She then notes Erickson has a young daughter and writes, "I wonder how proud his daughter would be of him if she knew that he tweeted insults about women.  It is one thing to disagree ..but he tweets insults."

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Finally, Van Susteren acknowledges that Erickson is a Fox News contributor, but insists he "has never been on TV with me."


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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