Carly Fiorina appeared Friday on ‘The View,” a week after the show’s catty co-hosts mocked the GOP presidential candidate’s smile and said her face looked like a “demented Halloween mask.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg opened with “Let’s clear the air…” but Fiorina was in no mood for chitchat with the girls.
“You know what, look, I’ve been called all kinds of things, Whoopi … I’ve been called a bimbo from the time I was a secretary to the time I was a CEO. I think we need to be able to have civil conversations in this country about our differences,” Fiorina said.
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The candidate is no stranger to the double standard that applies to conservative women. She’s seen it as a CEO of Hewlett-Packard and now as a presidential candidate. While women in mainstream media unequivocally back liberal women, many go out of their way to target conservative women as simply out of step with all womanhood.
But “The View” ladies sought to explain away that double standard on Friday, saying they were just being “humorous” with their insulting comments about Fiorina’s looks.
“We saw that you were a little upset with us about a comic comment that was made, so how will you … get a thicker skin to accept some of the humorous things that will be said about you?” Goldberg asked.
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Fiorina fired back.
“If you meant your comment about my face being demented as a Halloween mask as humor, so be it … I have a real thick skin,” Fiorina said.
Co-host Joy Behar then jumped in, insisting she’s a “comedian” who jokes about all the candidates — clearly a talking point the co-hosts had agreed upon. It was just humor.
“I don’t understand why any politician is exempt from my comedic jokes,” Behar said, who added she defended Fiorina when Donald Trump previously attacked her appearance. Behar noted how she has made fun of Clinton’s pantsuits and former House Speaker John Boehner’s tan in the past — hardly equal examples, but an effort to justify the unequal treatment given to conservative women.
“You know what, Joy, you can say whatever you want,” Fiorina said. “I’m not going to stop that. And don’t worry, I have skin plenty thick enough to take whatever people throw at me. I think there are real issues in this nation that we ought to able to discuss in a fact-based (conversation).”
The talk veered from Planned Parenthood to the minimum wage, with Fiorina backing a meritocracy and a willingness to call out likely Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton’s thin resume. And things got heated when they talked about abortion, with all the women interrupting each other.
“May I finish the answer to the question?” Fiorina said loudly at one point. Goldberg finally gave Fiorina the floor, who then hit the co-hosts for simply making “the litany of the Left.”
If you meant your comment about my face being ‘demented’ and a ‘Halloween mask’ as humorous, so be it.
Co-host Paula Faris pressured Fiorina on her lackluster poll numbers, but the candidate noted how much progress she’s made in just a few short months.
“Polling data at this point is not predictive,” Fiorina added, pointing out how Kentucky’s Gov.-elect Matt Bevin was behind in the polls on Election Day, but managed to win in a near-landslide.
At the end, the show’s co-hosts accused Fiorina of trying to cash in on the controversy, because she referenced the “mask” line in a recent fundraising effort. One co-host said perhaps she was trying to make lemonade out of lemons.
“Are you the lemons, then?” Fiorina asked, stumping “The View” co-hosts for a moment, who then collectively took a beat and applauded her funny line.