Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told CNN on Monday that she believes the impeachment of President Donald Trump is “vital,” but admitted minutes later that she may well cast a ballot for him in 2020.
Speaking with CNN host Poppy Harlow, Fiorina explained that she is of the opinion that Trump’s behavior is “destructive to the republic,” adding:
“‘I think it is vital that he be impeached,’ Fiorina said. But whether Trump should be removed from office, Fiorina said, ‘this close to an election, I don’t know.'”
If a president’s actions are destructive to the country, doesn’t that automatically mean that he should be booted out of office, no matter when the next election is? It sounds as if Fiorina is unaware of the fact that the Constitution doesn’t specify that impeachment cannot be carried out if an election is around the corner.
But that wasn’t the only blatant double-talk that came from Fiorina, who once held the post of CEO at Hewlett-Packard:
After dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination in 2016, Fiorina said she did vote for Trump in 2016, citing her disapproval of then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but since then she has been “bitterly disappointed.” But when asked whether she would vote for Trump in next year’s presidential election, Fiorina did not rule out voting for him again.
“It depends who the Democrats put up,” she said.
Of particular concern to her, Fiorina noted, were Trump’s attacks on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a decorated war veteran who also served in the administration as the top expert on Ukraine for the National Security Council. Vindman offered devastating testimony to the House Intelligence Committee:
“Some of this conduct, like publicly berating a decorated war veteran who shows up in response to a lawfully issued subpoena of Congress, I think that conduct is not just unbecoming, I think it’s destructive to our republic.”
And yet, like so many Republicans, Fiorina wants to claim on the one hand that Trump is a threat to the nation while at the same time tempering her criticism in a manner that makes her every word suspect.
Until the GOP grows a spine and stands up to Donald Trump, this republic is in tremendous danger.
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