On Sunday, RedState’s Erick Erickson said he and his organization experienced what he described as a “whirlwind of hate” for rescinding Donald Trump’s invitation to speak at a gathering of conservatives in Atlanta, Georgia. As we reported Saturday, Erickson disinvited Trump after the media mogul and GOP presidential candidate made a controversial comment to CNN’s Don Lemon.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever,” he told Lemon, referring to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. On Saturday, Trump said he was talking about Kelly’s nose, but many did not accept the explanation.
Erickson said his comment to Lemon was “a bridge too far,” and took Trump off the agenda of the weekend’s gathering. In response, he said, he has been flooded with angry emails, and his voicemail is filled with angry calls. The situation was so bad, he said, he had to unplug the phones in his hotel room at 3:00 a.m. Sunday.
“I’ve been called queer, an n-word lover, Megyn Kelly has been referred to as the c-word,” he said. But that’s not all. Erickson said the flood of hate also made its way to social media sites.
“My twitter feed is unusable. It’s just angry people, many of them very recently created accounts of people following few others and with little to no followers. But I can’t interact with much of anyone because of the timeline,” he said. “Facebook,” he added, “is much the same way.”
According to Erickson, Fox News’ Greta van Susteren “exacerbated” the situation with a tweet he said “brought in her followers on top of Donald Trump’s.” Erickson did not specify what it was van Susteren said, but a search of her Twitter feed found one message referencing statements he made about women in the past.
“[Y]ou have to love the irony of erick erickson disinviting Trump when Erickson has said the worst things about women – never dull, huh?” she wrote. Not everyone agreed with her, and Erickson said detractors “could not really distinguish that I had apologized for things I had said and Trump just changed his story.”
On Saturday, conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham said Erickson’s site, RedState.com, was getting slammed and announced it had shut down comments “for a few hours.” Erickson said his site “suffered a denial of service attack throughout the night and into this morning.” He did not say why commenting was shut down for a time. He did, however, say the situation had affected his family.
“Yesterday, my wife and kids had to pack up and leave the hotel because the few angry people were very loud and vocal as my kids were present,” he wrote. “The kids got upset and scared so were unable to see the Gathering or go to last night’s party. The party itself was fine. Only two people told me they disagreed and they characterized it as ‘understanding but disappointed.’”
But Erickson is not backing down and said he would “absolutely” do it again. “Rescinding my invitation to Donald Trump was the right thing to do,” he said.