When we look back upon the 2016 race and GOP candidate Carly Fiorina’s campaign, she will have defined the term “15 minutes of fame.” For maybe a week (if that) Fiorina was a superstar within the Republican party following a very strong performance at the second GOP presidential debate. That was until her bold comments concerning a Planned Parenthood video she claimed to have watched were completely debunked as nothing but pure fiction.
But not all hope was lost. Fiorina is a well-polished, confident speaker who actually performed well in her first two debates. So, surely she was going to regain her momentum following the third debate, correct?
Yeah, not so much.
In my opinion, her most embarrassing moment came when she tried bragging about former HP board member Tom Perkins saying he regretted her dismissal as CEO from the tech company – only to be confronted with the fact that Perkins has said some really ridiculous comments in the past. He’s even gone so far as to say he believes that the amount of money someone pays into taxes should be how many votes they get during an election. In other words, the rich get the most votes while the poor get none.
Fiorina did have one solid “political” moment when she tried to paint herself as a champion for women’s rights by bashing Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration for supposedly being bad for women.
The problem is, for the second debate in a row, her “big moment” was completely untrue.
During the debate she said:
It is the height of hypocrisy for Mrs. Clinton to talk about being the first woman president, when every single policy she espouses and every single policy of President Obama has been demonstratively bad for women. Ninety-two percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama’s first term belonged to women.
As Politifact pointed out:
Fiorina said 92 percent of the jobs lost during Obama’s first term belonged to women. By January 2013, the jobs numbers don’t back it up at all. The number of women with jobs increased by 416,000 during Obama’s first term.
Well, during an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, her lies about female job creation and Planned Parenthood were called out and Fiorina reacted exactly how you’d expect her to – by doubling down on those lies.
After Camerota pointed out that her claim was based on an extremely misleading stat from Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, Fiorina became defiant, continuing to insist that both Clinton and Obama support policies that make it more difficult for women to find work. The fact that her lie had just been soundly destroyed didn’t faze her one bit. Then again, she’s never seemed like someone who cares too much about the truth.
In true Republican fashion, she claimed the “liberal media” is distorting the facts when they claim she’s lying. It’s becoming comical how conservatives try to support their lies by almost constantly claiming that it’s all some giant conspiracy by the “liberal media.”
Then Camerota brought up the Planned Parenthood videos, asking Fiorina if she wanted to continue to stand by her previously debunked claim about watching a video that doesn’t exist. Naturally, Fiorina didn’t backdown from her claim, continuing to insist that “it’s clear” that Planned Parenthood is harvesting body parts for profit.
This was followed by a testy back and forth exchange where Fiorina questioned Camerota’s line of questioning with the CNN host hitting back by suggesting that her credibility, and dip in the polls after her Planned Parenthood lies were debunked, are important issues to be discussed.
The truth is, Fiorina’s campaign is essentially done. After seeing her momentum almost completely evaporate in a matter of just a couple of weeks following the second debate, she’s failed miserably at being anything more than someone who speaks well during a debate, then crumbles whenever she’s pressed on her rhetoric by the media. It’s clear in these moments where she’s called out that she has no idea how to respond other than to insist that she’s not lying and bash the media for daring to question her frequent fabrications.
That’s typically the way someone who is lying responds when they know they’ve been busted. Anytime she’s pushed, she just comes off smug, hostile, arrogant and combative, which is probably why her numbers tanked so quickly after her Planned Parenthood lies were exposed.
Watch the interview below via CNN:
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