There she goes again! On the heels of her selection as Ted Cruz’s vice presidential nominee and PR gimmick, Carly Fiorina is again lying like a rented rug. No, this time it wasn’t about seeing a still-kicking fetus in a Planned Parenthood video that doesn’t exist, but rather a lie about a presidential candidate who’s still kicking her ticket-mate’s ass. On Thursday’s Morning Joe, Fiorina was asked by host Joe Scarborough to describe what she saw in Ted Cruz as a leader, and/or what she feared from a Trump presidency. After praising Cruz as a conservative and a fighter, Fiorina explained what a disaster Trump would be, and then just volunteered this lie out of thin air:
“As I said, the week he announced his candidacy, way back in June of 2015, he doesn’t represent me and he doesn’t represent my party.”
That’s mighty damn specific. If only there were some way to check it, to see if she actually said “He doesn’t represent me, and he doesn’t represent my party” the week of Trump’s announcement, or did she say something that was exactly the opposite of that?
Oh, wait, what? There’s this magical moving picture box called “video?” In color? Shut the front door!
On the morning after what I like to call Trump’s “I Have a Mexican Rapist Dream” speech, Fiorina appeared on CNN’s New Day last June, where Chris Cuomo played a raft of clips from that speech, then asked Fiorina to weigh in. Fiorina not only complimented Trump, she appeared to place herself alongside him in the “experienced problem-solver” lane, and even went out of her way to defend Trump when Cuomo accused him of over promising, but let’s see where she said he “doesn’t represent” her or the GOP:
I think he’s hitting on issues that Americans care about. Americans clearly believe the economy isn’t growing quickly enough … they’re worried and afraid about what’s going on the in the world, not just ISIS, but other issues as well. They realize China has turned into an adversary. They’re concerned about border security. These are, I think, real issues.
…I think they are open to someone with experience, such as myself, who know what it means to get a bureaucracy under control.
Of course, that’s not the only media appearance Fiorina made that week. She probably blasted Trump when she appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show that same day:
Hewitt: And what do you think of him as a candidate and someone who you may have to debate with?
Fiorina: You know, I think Donald Trump is tapping into the frustration of the American people with the professional political class. I also feel that frustration. 80-plus percent of the American people now believe we have a professional political class of both parties who are more focused on the preservation of their own position, title and privilege than doing work and solving problems. I think the question for people will be who has the experience and the temperament to actually go solve those problems.
Okay, last chance. A few days later, and after the Charleston massacre, Fiorina was interviewed by Abby Huntsman, who played a little word-association with her at the end of a Trump-free interview. Here we go, get ready for “Doesn’t represent me” for $500, Alex:
“Not to be underestimated.”
But wait, it gets even better, because Fiorina told this exact lie just over a month ago, to the same guy:
I said, the week that Donald Trump announced, he does not represent me, he does not represent our party, and I do not think he can be our nominee, and we need to give Ted Cruz now a chance to beat him one on one, which Ted Cruz can.
There’s a very good reason why this lie is so obvious without even checking it, because after Trump announced, there were no candidates who said what Fiorina claims she said, and while some were gently critical of his “tone,” they all largely agreed with him on the substance. It wasn’t until weeks later, after an intense backlash from the media, businesses, and Latino groups, that any GOP candidate dared to denounce Trump, and that was George Pataki. IT wasn’t until a week after that, and after Rick Perry and Marco Rubio finally nutted up enough to say a little something, that Carly Fiorina said this to a print reporter at a factory in New Hampshire:
“Donald Trump has said many outrageous things in his career, and I suspect he’s going to continue to say outrageous things,” Fiorina said after touring a factor here. “He doesn’t represent me, and he doesn’t represent my party.”
…“I do think the media is sort of obsessed with him in a way that’s bizarre to me,” Fiorina said. “There’s a lot going on in the world and everybody keeps asking about Donald Trump.”
But wait, it gets even better, because three days after saying that, and complaining about everyone constantly asking her about Donald Trump, she went on TV and lied about that!
Well, you know, it’s interesting. I have been in New Hampshire now for six days. And I have not been asked a single question about Donald Trump. On the other hand, I think Donald Trump taps into an anger that I hear every day. People are angry that a commonsense thing like securing the border or ending sanctuary cities is somehow considered extreme. It’s not extreme, it’s commonsense. We need to secure the border. People are also angry at a professional political class of both parties that talks a good game, gives good speeches, but somehow nothing ever really changes. And people are angry as well at a double standard in the media.
Well, yeah, that, and the double standard in Carly Fiorina’s head.
We all know that Joe Scarborough, and everyone else who will be interviewing Carly Fiorina during her brief moment as the future former Vice President of Nowhere, all read Mediaite, so there is no excuse for any of you letting this lie slide by again.
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.