Erick Erickson: ‘Most Monkeys’ Are Smarter Than Women

Jun 04, 2013

Erick-Erickson-CNN-2-cropped-proto-custom_28-615x345Fox News contributor Erick Erickson delved further into controversy today by claiming that most primates are more intelligent than human women.

In an interview on Lou Dobbs' radio show today, the founder of conservative blog RedState was asked why he thought there had never been a female president and responded in typically misogynistic fashion.

"Well there's no mystery there," Erickson responded. "The laws of nature dictate that males are intellectually superior to females. In order to become president of the United States, you gotta have some brains to work with.

"It's not like no woman has ever tried. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was gonna be president, but she got outsmarted by a man. Most don't even get that far; they get outsmarted at the Congressional or Senate level.

"Women are dumb, Lou. Most species of monkey are smarter than women. Not gorillas necessarily, but certainly chimpanzees, orangutans and baboons."

The Gender Gap

Erickson founded the blog RedState in 2004, and it has since grown to become one of the most influential conservative publications on the Internet.

He has parlayed this success into a career as a pundit, first as a contributor for CNN and now for Fox News. His forays into television, however, have been fraught with controversy as he's continually used the platform to make misogynistic statements on national television.

Last week in a segment lamenting female-headed households, he claimed that in nature males are "dominant" and females "submissive." But today's outburst seemed too much even for fellow-traveler Lou Dobbs.

"Erick I respect your views," Dobbs interrupted, "and I certainly share them most of the time. But I have to ask, is that going a little too far? I mean women are clearly inferior to men. But monkeys? Really?

"A lot of people assume women are smart because they understand language," Erickson retorted, "but look at their critical thinking and logical reasoning abilities. Just 'cause they can talk don't mean they have something smart to say.

"And on spatial reasoning and navigation, women are a disaster. If you ask a male chimpanzee to drive to the other side of town and pick up some pizza, I can assure you he won't get lost on the way home."

Erickson has not responded to multiple requests for comment, but tweeted about the incident shortly after:

"I know the Loony Left freaks out whenever I tell the truth, but women are DUM! Deal with it!"

  • pinko

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  • vito33

    Erickson cited Sherri Sheppard of The View to support his contention –

  • Michael Siever

    But, I’m pretty sure Erick Erickson himself doesn’t believe the Earth is round. I don’t know why he would cite Sherri Sheppard as an example.

  • Brian

    “The Iroquois were very clear that we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors but instead borrow it from our grandchildren. Therefore, they built an absolute injunction into their system of governance stipulating that every decision be made in the context of its impact on the seventh generation from that time…. Even more significant is the Iroquois knew women were the ones among them who were the most concerned with the seventh generation. Therefore, in four of the five Nations of the original Iroquois Confederacy, only women could vote in matters of long range importance.” – Thom Hartmann.

  • Crysta

    We may be “dum”, but at least we are smarter than this kook…

  • Oak Cliff Townie

    I bet he isn’t a welcomed Guest around the Married folks he knows .

  • jj153

    how many monkeys vote. he will need the whole jungle next election

  • Janet

    DAMMIT… could you PLEASE start off your stories with “this is satire”??? I don’t know how I missed that it was on the DC, but I sure thought this one was real!

  • Someone please tell me this government has some sort of national purge of …. bill in the making?

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  • scouter9933

    I wonder what his wife would say (if he has a wife) and if he has a daughter, what would they think? Or are all the WOMEN too smart to marry this idiot?

  • MikeDugas

    If you actually thought Erik Erickson said that, that it was real…..well you better buy a monkey as a personal assistant….you need one.

  • MikeDugas

    Another idiot falls for satire on DC. It’s not REAL moron….you should hire a monkey to look out for your interests.

  • Yvonne

    Question… Yo’ Mamma? Does this apply to the woman that has loved and cared for you your entire life, or is she absolved of this simply because she birthed you? Ha! Also, while I do know how to spell it without auto correct, I do not want your apology. I want your heart on a platter. After all, I have new recipe for fruit cake I’d like to try out on you!