Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina showed up on Fox News Sunday to discuss the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have been levied against powerful men in entertainment, media and politics. During the course of her conversation with host Chris Wallace, Fiorina called out former Fox News chief Roger Ailes when naming men whose inappropriate behavior was tolerated and enabled over the years.
Early on in the interview, Wallace asked her about President Donald Trump’s support of Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore despite numerous women alleging Moore had pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers. Wallace noted that Trump has justified his endorsement by stating that Moore has denied the accusations and highlighting that Moore’s opponent is a liberal Democrat.
“That’s politics, isn’t it?” Fiorina responded. “This is all about politics and that’s why when politicians talk about this it doesn’t have a lot of credibility. This has been going on in politics for a very long time.”
She added. “Democrats try and defend their own, or Republicans tried to defend their own. It’s a little bit like George Washington warned us 200 years ago, the problem with politics and political parties is they care about winning above all else. Donald Trump cares about a vote in the Senate, no more, no less.”
Later on, Wallace brought up the recent allegations against Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), asking Fiorina if she felt their careers should be over.
“I think in virtually all of these cases there has been corroboration of the women stories,” Fiorina said. “It’s not one woman who comes forward, it’s three, four, five, six.”
She then stated that in virtually all of these cases people, and particularly men, knew what had occurred. She used this opening to name-check Ailes.
“You can’t tell me that no one knew what was going on with Roy Moore and John Conyers or Al Franken or Charlie Rose or Roger Ailes or Howard Weinstein,” she exclaimed. “People knew, men knew and women knew. We all express outrage and I’ll come and people say should they step down or should they not, I think the question going forward is when are we going to stop tolerating this behavior and respecting the men who do it? Because all of these men have been respected.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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