No president has been stabbed in the back more by their own party than President Donald Trump has since his election.
Now former 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has declared that she is casting her ballot for the likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
She made the announcement in an interview with the far left progressive website The Atlantic this week and the president shredded her for it.
“As citizens, our vote is more than a check on a box. You know, it’s a statement about where we want to go, and I think what we need now actually is real leadership that can unify the country,” the former candidate said.
“I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life. And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts,” she said.
Of course, Trump diehards will dismiss her. She has said over the years that Trump isn’t a real businessman, that he lacks character, that he is the definition of an autocrat, that impeachment was “vital.” But she’s not the stereotype of a Republican squish: Before her 2016 run, she was a Tea Party–type candidate for Senate in 2010 and the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Four years ago, she voted for Trump—even after he’d been caught saying about her, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who said she agrees with former Defense Secretary James Mattis that Trump is a threat to the Constitution, but is “struggling” with whether to vote for him, is putting politics over principle, Fiorina told me. John Bolton, who has said he hopes for America’s sake that Trump loses but that he’ll write in a conservative Republican, looks to Fiorina like he’s “desperately trying to preserve some position in the Republican Party as a conservative Republican.” As for Cruz, who’s turned into an avid Trump defender—she said she hasn’t spoken with him in years. And Trump, she told me, can tweet whatever he wants about her.
It is not that we dismiss her for no reason mind you. We dismiss her because she is a noted self-serving antagonist who will do whatever she can to make headlines.
“I am a registered Republican. I don’t believe I owe loyalty to a party. I believe I owe loyalty as a citizen to my community, to the Constitution, to other Americans. And I think we have witnessed, particularly in the era of Trump—but prior to that as well— what George Washington warned us about, which is that the trouble with political parties is people will come to care only about winning, and they’ll forget about values and governing. So as I’ve said publicly before, I’m unconcerned about whether I’m a loyal Republican or not, and I’m unconcerned about where ‘my people’ are in a party structure,” Fiorina said.
Her people? If Carly Fiorina and all of her ardent supporters decide to vote for Biden that is basically one vote for Biden. That is how much she failed as a candidate.
“I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump,” she said in the interview. “And elections are binary choices.”
“I will say this: I think—I hope—that Biden understands that this moment in history calls for him to be a leader, not a politician,” she said.
And when the interviewer pressed her on whether she is going to vote for Biden or not Fiorina made her choice known.
“Well, it’s not ’til November. I’m not voting for Trump, but it’s a binary choice. So if faced with a binary choice on a ballot: yes,” she said.
Her decision is so inconsequential to the president that he brushed it off with a brutal take down of the former candidate.
“Failed presidential candidate (thank you President Trump!), Carly Fiorina, said she will be voting for Corrupt Joe Biden. She lost so badly to me, twice in one campaign, that she should be voting for Joe. No complaints!!!” he said.
He is correct and, other than members of her family, there is likely not one American who is basing their vote on what Fiorina says.