Add Carly Fiorina to the growing list of “Republican” defectors.
The failed Republican Presidential Candidate has had it out for Trump ever since he went hard against her in the Republican debates.
Now, she’s announced that when November rolls around, she’ll be filling the box on the ballet for Biden.
Here’s the report from the Atlantic detailing Fiorina’s announcement:
Republicans who say Donald Trump should lose in November but insist they won’t vote for Joe Biden aren’t being honest, Carly Fiorina argues.
Fiorina was a Republican candidate for president just four years ago, and was briefly Ted Cruz’s prospective running mate. Trump needs to go, she says—and that means she’s voting for Biden.
Fiorina is not going to keep quiet, write in another candidate, or vote third-party. “I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump,” she told me, in an interview that can be heard in full on the latest episode of The Ticket. “And elections are binary choices.” She struggled with the decision, and whether to go public. But she said that this struggle is one Republicans need to have—including those who have rationalized supporting Trump despite their disagreements, because of some of his policies or judicial appointments.
“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,” she 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.”
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 begs the question, does anyone care what Fiorina thinks or who she’ll be voting for?
Check out some of the backlash she’s received on Twitter recently:
The Hill details President Trump's response to Fiorina:
President Trump on Thursday targeted former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for saying she would vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, rejoicing in her 2016 defeat and claiming he had “no complaints” about her decision.
“Failed presidential candidate (thank you President Trump!), Carly Fiorina, said she will be voting for Corrupt Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “She lost so badly to me, twice in one campaign, that she should be voting for Joe. No complaints!!!”
Fiorina told The Atlantic’s “The Ticket” podcast in an interview published Thursday that she decided to vote for Biden because she could not support Trump and elections are “binary choices.”
“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,” Fiorina 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.”
Fiorina’s remarks came after John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, said he would not cast a ballot for either Trump or Biden in November and would instead write in the name of a conservative.
Fiorina was among a large field of Republicans who competed in the 2016 presidential primary that saw Trump emerge victorious as the GOP nominee. She briefly ran as Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) running mate after dropping out of the race, but Trump went on to clinch the nomination. Trump infamously mocked Fiorina’s physical appearance early on during the campaign.
Don't take Fiorina's support for Biden too seriously.
This is the same woman that announced she supported the wrongful impeachment of President Trump.
Check out her interview with CNN right her calling for the President's removal: