Saving face: Carly Fiorina tells women of ‘The View’ to ‘man up’

November 2, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is fending off another insult about her face – this time from members of her own sex.

The female hosts of ABC daytime talk show, “The View,” referred to Fiorina’s face as “demented” and a “Halloween mask” after last week’s Republican presidential debate.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

Asked about the comments on “Fox News Sunday,” Fiorina blamed “liberal media” that she said had a double standard for conservative women.

“I can’t imagine that they would say things like that about Hillary Clinton,” said Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and the only woman seeking the Republican 2016 presidential nomination.

Women in politics have long had to struggle with sexism in the form of disproportionate attention paid to their looks. Clinton’s appearance – her hair styles, pantsuits – has been well-worn fodder for commentators throughout her public life, plenty of it unflattering. But Fiorina insisted Republican women get a raw deal.

“There is nothing more threatening to the liberal media in general and to Hillary Clinton in particular than a conservative woman,” Fiorina said on “Fox News Sunday.”

She challenged the women who host the ABC program, “Let’s see if they have the guts to say that to my face.”

They will get their chance.

Fiorina will be back on “The View” on Friday, ABC confirmed.

“My message to the ladies of ‘The View’ is: man up,” she told Fox News on Monday morning.

Later on “The View,” host Whoopi Goldberg chided Fiorina, saying the show helped raise her profile when she first appeared as a guest several months ago.

“So just so we’re all clear, you have to know the difference between when somebody is coming for you and when somebody is paying you a compliment and when somebody is saying, here’s my observation,” Goldberg said.

Whoopi Goldberg in New York, November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegr

In September, Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s comment to Rolling Stone magazine about Fiorina  – “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” – was widely disseminated.

But it was Fiorina who had the last word, winning applause and a backpedal from Trump during a CNN debate with her comment, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”

 

Republican U.S. presidential candidates businessman Donald Trump (2nd L) and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (Far R) criticize each other’s business records as Dr. Ben Carson (L), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (C) and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (2nd R) look on during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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