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Robert Gibbs Rips Erick Erickson Over Census Comments: 'Remarkably Crazy'

Huffington Post   Danny Shea First Posted: 06/07/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs described Erick Erickson's comments about the census as "remarkably crazy."

Erickson said last week that he would "pull out [his] wife's shotgun" if a census worker came to try to jail him for not filling out his census form.

Tuesday, Gibbs described that statement as "remarkable crazy remarks of somebody that would threaten somebody simply trying to ensure that they're adequately represented in this country."

"These days, it never ceases to amaze you," he continued. "And usually it's only trumped by what somebody will knowingly say tomorrow about where -- I think Lincoln who said better to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

Interestingly, Bill Press, who asked Gibbs about Erickson, tweets that CNN management did not appreciate his raising the question at the White House.

"CNN brass emailed me after I asked Gibbs about Erickson, saying I MADE UP the quotes and was out of line. Bullshit - I quoted DIRECTLY," he said.

Erickson joined CNN as a contributor last month; he made the shotgun remark on WMAC's In the Morning with Erick Erickson/RedState Radio.

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