For some reason, mainstream news talk shows love to bring on conservative commentator and former RedState editor-in-chief Erick Erickson to talk about civility and thoughtful conservatism, despite the fact that Erickson has called a Supreme Court justice a “goat fucking child molester” and a Texas lawmaker “Abortion Barbie.”
Once again this morning, Erickson found himself a guest panelist on Meet the Press, and he was asked about the conservatives spreading conspiracy theories in the wake of deranged Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc mailing out over a dozen pipe bombs to high-profile Democrats and CNN. Prior to Sayoc being arrested, prominent right-wing figures espoused “false flag” theories on the bomb scare, claiming the bombs were part of a Democratic plot to impact the midterm elections and distract from the migrant caravan.
Host Chuck Todd asked Erickson to address this issue while briefly alluding to the fact that the Resurgent editor himself has played a part in spreading right-wing conspiracies. Todd, however, seemed more interested in getting Erickson to discuss the overarching problem and not do any self-reflection, essentially giving him an out.
“You’ve had to deal with conspiracy theories on your site,” Todd noted. “Sometimes people get mad at you thinking you traffic in these conspiracy theories — I know there are others that are, ummm. Whose job is it to get rid of some of this stuff? Whose job is it to educate Americans to facts?”
Meanwhile, just six days ago, Erickson was loudly hinting that the migrant caravan was part of a Democratic effort to affect the elections.
Erickson went on to condemn conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh for amplifying baseless “false flag” claims and conspiracies even after facts arise to debunk them, stating that “if you’re a conservative who’s at war with the truth, you’re not really being conservative.” While Todd focused on Limbaugh’s recent comments, Erickson made generalized statements about how conservatives distrust the media and get their information from elsewhere, bemoaning the lack of community in our current society.
WATCH: Erick Erickson speaks to conservatives who spread conspiracy theories, now that we have facts about the bomb suspect. #MTP@EWErickson: “If you’re a conservative who’s at war with the truth, you’re not really a conservative.” pic.twitter.com/jYxjKGtOK9
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 28, 2018
Now, that’s all well and good, except that Erickson has been a key voice in seminating fringe theories and conspiracies for a while now, and besides the migrant caravan remarks he has recently pushed other wild and fact-free rumors and claims. Specifically during the highly contentious Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, which saw the former NeverTrumper embrace the president and go to war with liberals and Trump critics.
After Christine Blasey Ford came forward with her sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, Erickson seemingly embraced pretty much any crazed theory that bubbled up. He parroted an 8chan claim that Ford’s lawyer was closely associated with Hillary Clinton, pushed the theory that a friend of Ford’s conspired with Prett Bharara to leak Ford’s initial letter to the media, and hyped up Ed Whelan’s doppelganger theory days before Whelan unleashed it to much ridicule.
Finally, it was just months ago when blasted out a complete falsehood about Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, promoting a since-recanted article that Hogg wasn’t at school the day of the shooting. Even after the article was proven false, Erickson was unapologetic about spreading a conspiracy that played into the belief by the far-right that Hogg was a Soros-paid crisis actor. This also came just weeks after Erickson called the teeanger a “high school bully.”