IT’S MAGIC: Carly Fiorina Has ‘Seen’ Nonexistent Abortion Video (VIDEO)
Newly surging Republican candidate Carly Fiorina has declared war on reality. With reality TV buffoon Donald Trump leading the GOP polls, that’s perhaps unsurprising. But her struggle is against a video that doesn’t exist. She would really like for it to exist. She can see it clearly, because she described it vividly during CNN’s 3-hour clown car fire drill of a Republican debate.
During the September 16th debate, she emotionally ‘dared’ Democrats, specifically Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to
“watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
She is referencing a 12-hour series of highly edited and out of context ‘sting’ videos put together by a shadowy right-wing non-profit to legitimize a potential GOP government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding. The videos are a hoax. State governments have investigated the claims made in the videos and have certified that Planned Parenthood is fully in compliance with all relevant laws.
The footage she claims to have watched of a gory abortion drawn out to harvest organs does not exist. Her campaign can’t produce the footage she described. Even the people who produced the videos can’t cite the horrifying stretch of celluloid she insists she’s seen.
Even Fox ‘News’ robustly challenged her on her claim. Chris Wallace asked Fiorina on Sunday,
“Do you acknowledge what every fact checker has found? As horrific as the scene is, it was only described on the video by someone who claimed to have seen it. There is not — no actual footage of the incident you just mentioned.”
Fiorina fired back,
“No, I don’t accept that at all. I’ve seen the footage. And I find it amazing, actually, that all these supposed fact-checkers in the mainstream media claim this doesn’t exist, they’re trying to attack the authenticity of the videotape, I haven’t found a lot of people in the mainstream media who have ever watched these things.
“I mean, they will claim that somebody watched it for them. I will continue to dare anyone who wants to continue to fund Planned Parenthood, watch the videotapes. And anyone who wants to challenge me first is going to have to prove to me that they watched it.”
Fiorina is clearly relying on the fact that the hoax videos are 12 hours long, and no one who values their sanity is going to sit through all of them. It’s smart politics from her vantage point. If she can whip up far right evangelist voters who will take this on faith, she can eclipse flagging campaigns like Mike Huckabee’s and nibble into Trump’s and Ben Carson’s.
But her hawkish stance on Planned Parenthood underscores the essential paradox of the Republican woman, which she embodies.
During the debate, she stood up for women across the country and shot down Trump for being a sexist pig with a brilliant, pithy burn. CNN’s moderator Jake Tapper recounted that Trump had told Rolling Stone that Fiorina couldn’t be elected president because, “look at that face.” Trump then feebly backtracked, insisting he was describing her ‘persona.’
“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”
The best part of the video is at 0:37, as an awed Scott Walker nods, gazing on Fiorina as if, in that moment, she had become “Fiorina, fire goddess of feminine grace and power.”
In response, Trump dug his hole deeper, saying that Fiorina “has a beautiful face.” He pathologically misses the memo that judging a woman based solely on her looks is the problem.
She righteously slayed a misogynistic bully. She says, even a man currently winning the race for the presidential nomination, has no right to reduce a woman’s accomplishments to her appearance. And Republican women rightfully cheered.
Yet, when it comes to all-important women’s healthcare, Fiorina is pinch-hitting for sexist trolls. Fiorina is in bed with purveyors of a hoax whose purpose is to undermine one of the nation’s most important sources of pregnancy care, family planning and women’s healthcare. There is little in American public life that so aggressively seeks to roll back women’s rights as the right-wing religious-political alliance seeking to set women’s healthcare back to the 19th Century. Fiorina is lying stupendously in service to that anti-woman agenda.
How do Republican women look themselves in the mirror? How does a woman like Fiorina, (disastrous) CEO, presidential candidate, put a sexist pig in his place in one breath, and in the next, tell the nation that women can’t be trusted with their wombs?
Watch Fiorina double down on her anti-choice lies.
Feature image via YouTube.