On Thursday, Donald Trump came out to defend himself against accusations saying he was talking about Carly Fiorina in terms of appearance when he said “Look at that face!” while sitting with a Rolling Stone reporter and watching her on television. This is just the latest controversial statement from Trump, who is known to strike at various people with insults that sometimes go personal.
Trump said he was not talking about Carly Fiorina’s face or suggesting that her looks would make her unelectable. Trump said he was talking about her persona. According to Rolling Stone, Trump had said “Look at that face!” Then said “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. I mean she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” That is allegedly what Trump was quoted as saying when with a Rolling Stone reporter when she had appeared on the television and Trump was looking at her watching her speak.
Trump called into CNN to talk about his remarks and what he meant, and he also talked to the women of “The View” about what he meant by his comments about the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and the only woman vying for the Republican nomination. Trump said he was just talking about her persona, adding she failed miserably as the CEO, and then she ran for the Senate and lost in a landslide vote. Trump said that her record as CEO and her record losing so bad when she ran for the Senate is the type of person that would be a horrible president for this country. It did not take that long for the Democratic candidate front-runner Hillary Clinton to make a remark about Trump, talking about the other side turning back the clock on the rights of women and then said “there is a particular candidate who just seems to delight in insulting women.” Clinton also said that if he emerged, she would really love to debate him head on, although she stopped short of actually saying Trump by name, just alluding to the person she was talking about.
It does not seem like Trump’s comments are really hurting him at all, and even the Republican women are all for voting for him, which completely defies the laws of how politics should be. Trump has been surging in the polls for weeks, no matter what he says, who he insults or what group of people he talks negatively about. In a new CNN/ORC poll released, he has support of 32 percent of Republicans, and he has led in recent polls of the early primary states and caucus states, pushing him even closer to really having a shot at the Republican nomination for president. In the last month, Trump has gained 4 points among men, going from 27 percent to 31 percent presently. In terms of the women, Trump is up 13 points, going from 20 percent in August to 33 percent now, and this is even including his previous statements against women, even against Megyn Kelly, the beloved news anchor on Fox News Channel. This is a great thing because the Democrats try to always say there is a “war on women” that the Republicans are waging, but really, it seems like women are just fine with the Republicans, even Trump who the Democrats has tried to spin as a misogynistic anti-women and anti-Hispanic billionaire.
Trump called into “The View” to expand his views on women even more saying he cherishes women and will protect and take care of women. He said he had great respect for women, noting he is doing well with women in the polls, and talked about his true love of the opposite gender, and that there was no issue with him regarding his thoughts or feelings about how great women are. When Trump made his comments towards Fiorina, she declined to fight back when she was on Fox News being interviewed by Megyn Kelly, and said she would just rather let Trump roll in his own controversial statements. She said the comments Trump made spoke for themselves, and she was not going to spend any time wondering what Trump really meant or what he didn’t mean by what he said. Fiorina did say though maybe she was just getting under his skin a little bit because she was going up in the polls, and even though she was on the first debate with basically the group of Republican candidates who were not well known or who weren’t the top contenders, she has been increasing in popularity since.
Trump of course shot back saying she was not under his skin and then continued to bash her for her business record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Trump said she will go down as one of the worst CEOs ever, adding her terrible past in business spoke for itself, such as her being canned from her CEO position with Hewlett-Packard. During her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she laid off 30,000 employees, which led to the stock value of Hewlett-Packard going down by about 50 percent during her time there. She was also the CEO when the controversial merger with Compaq happened, in which she led, and then the stock went back up after Fiorina was fired.
Throughout her time on the campaign trail, Fiorina has had to defend her time as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, saying she lost her job in a boardroom brawl, and defended firing all of those people. During her time as CEO, Hewlett-Packard did double their revenue, but this was mostly because of the merger with Compaq. Fiorina has seen quite a surge though after that first GOP debate on Fox News, with a lot of people declaring she was the winner of the first debate, which did not feature the well known candidates like Trump, Rand Paul, or Ted Cruz. Instead Fiorina was placed with the more lackluster candidates such as Lindsey Graham and many people were not even sure who she was or what she stood for until that debate. Ever since, she has been gaining momentum, going on CNN and Fox News, and has been more confident in her answers to the tough questions, and as the only woman on the Republican side, has also been quick to hit back at Clinton on the same female level that the male candidates can’t manage to get to.
Even as Fiorina is going up in the polls, she is still not near the top enough to be one of the more viable candidates, since Trump has maintained front-runner position for over a month. Job Bush and Dr. Ben Carson have also been high in the polls, and look to be the other two options besides Trump that has the best shot at getting the Republican nomination. Even if Fiorina does not get the nomination, which she most likely will not, she has been already a force to be reckoned with, and she is showing that she could potentially land herself in a good position down the road if she continues to get into politics after the nomination process. Whoever does win the nomination, it would be a good idea to get Fiorina on their side, since she could get more women to come to the Republican side, especially the women who are not into Clinton but have some misconceptions about the Republicans that the left has put into their head, such as the false “war on women” campaign.