Carly Fiorina doesn’t much care to admit the truth about the Planned Parenthood attack videos. As the Inquisitr has previously covered, presidential hopeful Fiorina has repeatedly asserted the truth of the provably-falsified videos. As the I Stand With Planned Parenthood website shows, independent investigations have shown that the videos – including the “full footage” – were manipulated, and that multiple Senate and House investigations have exonerated Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.
Carly Fiorina’s not having any of it, and according to a report from the Huffington Post, anyone attempting to link the anti-Planned-Parenthood videos with the Colorado Springs shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic is simply engaging in “typical left-wing tactics.”
“It is so typical of the left to begin demonizing the messenger because they don’t agree with your message.”
“The vast majority of Americans agree. What Planned Parenthood is doing is wrong, and that is why the vast majority of Americans are prepared, not only to defund Planned Parenthood, but also to stop abortion for any reason at all after five months.”
I’d say that Ms. Fiorina needs to check her facts on Planned Parenthood, but she’s made it quite clear that facts are unimportant to her in this case; only pushing her anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric matters.
For those who haven’t been following along, the videos, produced by the so-called Center For Medical Progress, an anti-abortion organization founded by activist David Daleiden (which currently enjoys 501(c) tax-exempt status), showed people posing as researchers for a fake biomedical research firm called Biomax Procurement Services attempting to purchase fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood representatives.
The heavily-edited videos painted Planned Parenthood as monsters; according to an analysis from research firm Fusion GPS, the videos featured at least 42 splices where content was cut and edited. In particular, a heavily-doctored quote was picked up by activists and the media, sparking efforts to defund Planned Parenthood clinics across America.
Meanwhile, Carly Fiorina hit the campaign trail with a heavily anti-Planned Parenthood message, insisting that the videos contained a horrific abortion scene; when it was pointed out extensively that said scene did not, in fact, exist, Fiorina doubled down on her lie, stating “that scene absolutely does exist,” in spite of all physical evidence to the contrary.
Fast-forward to yesterday’s attacks. As the Inquisitr has again already reported, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear (a resident of North Carolina) opened fire near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, CO clinic, killing one police officer and two civilians and injuring nine others. The Guardian later reported that after surrendering to police, Dear was heard to say the words “no more baby parts” – a fact that has been confirmed by authorities – which is a clear reference to the Center For Medical Progress videos.
Carly Fiorina’s not having any of anyone “try[ing] to link” the two, however.
“So, what I would say to anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion, or opposes the sale of body parts, is this is typical left-wing tactics.”
I’d invite Ms. Fiorina to examine that last statement very carefully. It’s wrong to link “anyone who… opposes the sale of body parts” to a mass shooter who said “no more baby parts” in the immediate wake of his shooting spree?
Sorry, Ms. Fiorina. But with your platform comes the right to accept the consequences. You endorsed those videos, in spite of the fact that they’re obvious manipulations of the truth. A man operating on the premise espoused in those videos went out and shot 12 people, killing three, including a police officer. And you think that you deserve to be President of the United States?
Some of their blood is on your hands, and nothing you say can change that.
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