FOX’s Kelly Rips Erickson: ‘What Makes You Dominant And Me Submissive?’ (VIDEO)

Fox News host Megyn Kelly brought RedState editor Erick Erickson on the air Friday afternoon to discuss his recent on-air lament about the increase in breadwinning mothers. 

“What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist in chief?” Kelly asked Erickson, who had asserted Wednesday that the “male typically is the dominant role,” and the trend towards more working mothers is an upheaval of that natural order.

Erickson took to his website Thursday to respond his critics, writing, “Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families.” 

“I don’t think I’m an emo liberal. I was offended by the piece none the less,” Kelly said to Erickson on Fox. She held up a highlighted piece of paper. “I think you are judging people. […] This is a list of studies saying your science a wrong and your facts are wrong.”

Erickson: I’m not judging them and no one should, it is just the reality.
Kelly: You are judging them.
Erickson: I’m not.
Megyn: You are. You come out clearly and say women who choose to work instead of staying at home to nurture the children they are making a worse choice. […] Just because you have people that agree with you doesn’t mean that it is not offensive. 

Kelly also compared Erickson’s logic on natural male dominance to the pseudo-science used by people opposed to interracial marriage in the 1950s and 60s:

Kelly: In this country in the ’50s and ’60s there were huge, 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 you were not set up for success. Tell that to Barack Obama.

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