Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told Anderson Cooper last night that President Donald Trump’s insults are demeaning the office of president. The former Hewlett-Packard, whom Trump suggested was ugly, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 that not enough progress has been made on women in positions of power.
Cooper started by asking Fiorina about the President’s recent tweet where he called former porn actress Stormy Daniels’ ‘horseface’.
“Well, on the one hand, here he goes again,” Fiorina said. “On the other hand, when people were shocked at Donald Trump’s comments about my appearance, I wasn’t, because he wasn’t the first man to make comments about my appearance, positive or negative. And he won’t be the last man to do so.”
“I also want to distinguish between the office of the presidency and the person who is in that office,” Fiorina said. “There’s no doubt that the office of the presidency is diminished when the occupant engages in this kind of insult over Twitter. On the other hand, when I think about the people involved here, Stormy Daniels, her lawyer, Donald Trump, I honestly think they’re all birds of a feather. They’re all in show business.”
“And so, while she’s talking about his private parts, he’s talking about her face, and they’re all getting a lot of publicity,” she said, referring to Daniels’ comments in her book, Full Disclosure, and her response to Trump on Twitter.
“I think the habit of insulting one’s political enemies is, unfortunately, longstanding in this country. And he has brought it to a new low, a fine art, whatever you’d like to say. There’s no question that in politics, personal insults work. And they rile people up. ”
“And she is his adversary right now, and I’m sure there are a lot of people who like him taking a shot at her. I’m not one of them. I think it diminishes the office and I think it’s beneath him and I think diminishes all women. But it works with some people.”
Fiorina went on to say that she was more interested in the position of women in society, saying that they were underrepresented on corporate boards.
“What I’m more concerned about in all this talk is that we have made very little progress in terms of representation of women or people of color in positions of influence and impact in leadership over the last 25 years,” she said.