Following Donald Trump’s personal insult of fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s “face,” Fiorina appeared on The O’Reilly Factor with guest host Eric Bolling to comment on the matter.
In case you missed it, during a Rolling Stone interview, posted Wednesday of this week, Trump reacted to Carly Fiorina’s face appearing on FOX News:
“Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
Trump later insisted, when pressed, that he was commenting on Fiorina’s overall persona, and not her “face,” looks, or appearance, in an interview with CNN.
When asked by Eric Bolling whether she accepted Trump’s explanation, Fiorina said, “No,” then went on to explain what she believes is really behind Trump’s attack against her.
“When I was a third-grader, there was a little boy who really liked me. And he said mean things about me, and — you know — pulled my pigtails all the time. And my husband and I have been together for over 30 years. But I think I know when someone is flirting with me.”
What a great line. It reminds me of Ronald Reagan’s great answer, while debating Walter Mondale, when asked if, at age 73, he was too old to be president. Reagan’s classic answer turned the whole debate around in his favor and age was never again an issue for the remainder of that campaign.
“I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” he said tongue-in-cheek.