After The View co-hosts mocked Carly Fiorina for her looks following last Wednesday’s presidential debate on CNBC, the GOP candidate told the panel to “man up.”
The View apparently accepted that challenge, because the former Hewlett-Packard CEO has been booked for a return appearance on Friday’s episode of the long-running ABC talk show whose ratings have gone into a sharp decline.
“My message to the ladies of The View is ‘man up.’ If you want to debate me on policies…man up and debate me on them. But don’t sink to talking about my face,” she said on FNC this morning.
Commenting on the debate last week, Michelle Collins tried to joke that Fiorina “looked demented,” while Joy Behar chimed in about a Halloween mask.
Ironically, The View panelists blasted Fiorina rival Donald Trump for negative comments about Fiorina’s features in a Rolling Stone interview, which Trump subsequently recanted during GOP debate No. 2 on CNN after insisting that he was actually referring to her persona.
Even View fan Brooke Burke, the CNN anchor, slammed the show for its selective outrage over the Fiorina ridicule. “Ladies, come on. Double standard much?,” Burke asked rhetorically.
When asked on Fox News Sunday yesterday about the harsh criticism of her physical appearance from The View roundtable, Fiorina responded that politically conservative women are typically subject to those kind of personal attacks in the liberal-dominated media, and added that any insults about her face should be made to her face.
“I was on The View several months ago; they said none of that to my face. There is nothing more threatening to the liberal media in general and Hillary Clinton in particular than a conservative woman. So of course there is a double standard, And conservative women from Sarah Palin to Michele Bachmann to Carly Fiorina are long used to this. It will not stop me. It will not scare me and maybe, the ladies of The View, if I come back on again, let’s see if they have the guts to say that to my face.”
When host John Roberts wondered if The View has gotten out of touch, in reference to how it got into hot water with sponsors for disparaging a Miss American contestant from Colorado who was a nurse by profession, Fiorina — who is also a cancer survivor — answered in this manner.
“These women represent is a set of liberal feminists who believe that if you do not agree with them on their liberal orthodoxy, that you don’t count, that somehow you’re not a woman…women represent half the nation so of course our views are going to be as diverse as men’s. I also know that unless and until women’s potential is fully unlocked in this country — and women have been crushed under the Obama economy — that we will not be as good a nation as we can be. Frankly I am tired of being insulted by liberal feminists who talk about women’s issues when the reality is every issue is a woman’s issue — from the economy to ISIS to Russia to healthcare to education to the national debt.”
According to co-host Whoppi Goldberg, The View should get credit for raising Fiorina’s profile via the aforementioned guest spot on the show several months ago before Fiorina’s commanding debate performances catapulted her into the national spotlight.
Do you think a double standard is in play in The View‘s treatment of Carly Fiorina’s physical appearance that, for example, would not apply to a Democrat presidential hopeful, such as Hillary Clinton? Will you be watching The View on Friday?
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